Toby Keith Says He's 'Cool' With Obama

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Toby Keith is big with conservatives. He took on Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines for trashing George W. Bush, and he recorded one of the most patriotic hit songs ever with "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue."

But for all Keith's "boot up your ass" flag waving, the singer has sent mixed political signals to fans. He endorsed Bush's reelection campaign in 2004, but when he was asked in 2007 if he supported the Iraq War, "Never did." was his answer. He also counts Democratic New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson among his friends. So what does he think about our new president so far? While in Washington, D.C., he spoke with Politico about just that:
It's America, you can say what you want to, but he hired one of my best friends, who I think should run for president some day -- former Commandant of the Marine Corps and Supreme Allied Commander of Europe General James Jones -- as National Security Advisor. He's sending troops into Afghanistan. Help's on the way there. And I'm seeing some really good middle range stuff so I'm not gonna be a hypocrite. I'm giving our commander in chief a chance before I start grabbing, but so far I'm cool with him. Huh, so maybe Keith is a thoughtful guy who just happens to be extremely patriotic and prone to veiled threats of violence. But he should be careful. It's a slippery slope. One minute you're saying "I'm cool" with Obama and the next minute you're writing hit country songs about how awesome universal health care would be. And what kind of crazy world would that be?


  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show
  • Toby Keith in 44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards - Show

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