Got to interview Texas bluesman Delbert McClinton this week in advance of his Saturday, Dec. 10, show at The Bijou Theatre, and I couldn’t resist asking him about his fellow Texan — Gov. Rick Perry — and the race for the presidency in 2012.
He was reticent to talk much at first … but then he got wound up.
“I don’t talk politics — I don’t trust any of them, ever, so I just don’t do that,” he said.
“But it’s hard not to realize that the wh0ole world’s a total wreck. Everybody’s got to believe something, and one of these guys is gonna win — so at this point in time, right now as never before, it’s a mess. And I can’t imagine, at this point in time, that anybody can really do much better than Obama has done. He came in and inherited a big ol’ bag of shit. Look at unemployment — it went down last week, and it hasn’t been doing that much lately. That’s not gonna save the world, but it’s a pretty big step.
“He got usout of Iraq, and he speaks in full sentences. I don’t know … he just makes more sense than anybody has in a while. George Bush took this country into a major nosedive, but what the hell was he gonna do, either? We got attacked out of nowhere (on Sept. 11). All of this was so incredibly unprecendented for the U.S., and nobody’s gonna fix it in four years. Nobody’s gonna fix it in 40 years, I don’t think.
“Radical things have to happen, and I just hope they’re done by a rational man,” he added. “But I don’t know if there much chance of that.”