By Judy Kurtz - 11/17/11 12:27 AM EST
If Patty Loveless has her way, she’ll be dueting with Michelle Obama on her next cross-country album tour.
The Grammy Award-winning entertainer was in Washington on Wednesday for a Country Music Association-sponsored concert at the Library of Congress and to recognize World COPD Day. Her sister, Dottie, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 48.
The country-music star pondered some other political possibilities before choosing Mrs. Obama, wondering aloud, “Now, I know he can play saxophone — maybe Bill Clinton? He just seems like he would be a great hang to be around and to talk with. And I really look up to him. Or I think maybe President Obama.”
But the “Blame It on Your Heart” singer contends her Democratic duet choices aren’t necessarily indicative of how she votes. Unlike other musical acts such as the Dixie Chicks and Big & Rich, whose members are vocal about their political views, Loveless says you won’t hear her pushing for any particular presidential candidate: “It’s a very personal issue for me. It’s kind of like whatever I do behind closed doors with my husband.”
But back to that potential pairing with the president’s wife — unfortunately for Loveless, she might have thought of a reason Michelle Obama wouldn’t go for the duet. She explains that the first lady is already pretty tight with another musician who has worked with Obama on her “Let’s Move!” campaign: “Beyonce’s already got her!”