I had no idea what Scott was talking about when he wrote that Barack Obama got his complaint that “they talk about me like a dog” from a Jimi Hendrix song. I didn’t like Hendrix even at the time, and havent listened to him in decades. But Yahoo News has picked up Scott’s theme, without attribution:
Has President Obama been listening to a lot of Jimi Hendrix lately? With just under two months to go before Election Day, Obama kicked off the fall campaign season Monday with an aggressive speech targeting Republicans. But it was an off-script moment in the speech that’s attracted the most attention, as Obama accused his GOP critics of talking about him “like a dog.” …
Though Obama didn’t acknowledge it, the line was a verbatim quote from “Stone Free,” the first song Hendrix wrote after moving to England in 1966. “They talk about me like a dog,” the song says. “Talkin about the clothes I wear. But they don’t realize they’re the ones who’s square.”
It’s unclear if Obama consciously or unconsciously cited the lyric. A White House spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
OK, it’s possible that someone at Yahoo, like Scott, recalled the Hendrix lyric. But I doubt it; I don’t think Yahoo has any employees old enough to remember him.