I receive a late pass on this, but just got hip to it. Now that the internets is a buzz over the brushin of dirt off Obama's shoulder, there's been a number of writers who throw in their .02 cents!
The New York Times - Brush It Off by Maureen Dowd via Nah Right Lite
Barack Obama, who says he listens to Jay-Z along with his “old school guy” favorites like Earth, Wind & Fire and the Temptations, alluded to the rapper’s 2003 hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” on Thursday to sweep away concerns about his pugnacity.
After conceding that the Philly debate was tough, he brushed the imaginary lint of Hillary, George and Charlie from his shoulders, in a wordless reference to Jay-Z’s lyrics in his anthem about not letting anyone crimp your ride as you cruise from the bottom to the top: “Got some, dirt on my shoulder, could you brush it off for me.”
There’s no doubt the cat is cool. It’s easy to imagine the wild reception many parts of the world would give a President Obama as he loped down the stairs of Air Force One in his aviator glasses, the chic and chiseled Michelle on his arm.
The imagery of the 2008 race is all about cool and hot.
The Political Ticker - Obama brushes Clinton off his shoulders—literally by Chris Welch & Rebecca Sinderbrand
"When you're running for the presidency then you’ve gotta expect it and you know you’ve just gotta kinda let it—" He paused, brushing his shoulders off with his hands before doing the same to his knees and pant legs.The Washington Post - Obama Has Jay-Z on His IPod and The Moves To Prove It by Teresa Wiltz
"You know, it's what you gotta do," he said, to wild cheers from the Raleigh audience.
Baltimore Sun - Obama's Jay-Z brush off by Frank James
TMZ - Obama, Down with Jay-Z? by TMZ Staff
Jay-Z - Dirt Off Your Shoulder f/ Barack Obama