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    The Los Angeles Times, April 14, 2005

    Commentary
    Now Just Picture 'Em Singing in the Shower ...

    By Bruce Kluger and David Slavin


    Earlier this week, armchair musicologists
    across the nation went into overdrive when
    the media revealed the contents of the
    presidential iPod. If music does indeed make
    the man, as experts suggest, the First Playlist
    tells us that George W. Bush is a down-
    home country boy (Alan Jackson, George
    Jones) with a sensitive side (Joni Mitchell)
    and a hint of naughtiness (the Knack's My
    Sharona).

    What similar conclusions can we draw
    from other newsmakers' iPods?

    Dick Cheney: You and Me Against the
    World, Total Eclipse of the Heart

    Donald Rumsfeld: Rocket Man, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

    Condoleezza Rice: Hopelessly Devoted to You

    Karl Rove: Under My Thumb; Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

    Alberto Gonzales: Whip It

    Colin Powell: Free Bird

    John Bolton: It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

    Jalal Talabani: I'm Your Puppet

    Mahmoud Abbas: Don't Fence Me In

    Saddam Hussein: You Dropped a Bomb on Me

    Kofi Annan: Won't Get Fooled Again, Carry On, Wayward Son

    Bill Clinton: Sexual Healing

    Al Gore: March of the Wooden Soldiers, Yesterday

    John Kerry: I'm a Loser, I Want You To Want Me, Ohio

    Ralph Nader: Born to Run

    Dennis Hastert: Our House

    Nancy Pelosi: Our House

    Tom DeLay: Burnin' Down the House

    John McCain: Always True to You in My Fashion

    Zell Miller: Crazy (Patsy Cline), Crazy (k.d. lang), Crazy (Willie Nelson)

    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

    Ann Coulter: Witchy Woman, Evil Woman, The Bitch is Back

    Martha Stewart: Please Release Me

    Barry Bonds: Pump It Up

    Bill O'Reilly: I Just Called to Say I Love You

    Michael Jackson: The Kids Are Alright, Can't Help Myself

    Maria Shriver: Take This Job and Shove It