Peter Fonda comments on folk legend Bob Dylan’s tepid “endorsement” of Barack Obama
Fonda: “One time, Hopper and I were scouting locations in Yuma, and this young, sundrenched chick in a tattered Hopi poncho shuffles up to us and is like, ‘hey, man. Can you maybe spare some change?’
“– And Hopper, without missing a beat, looks her in the eye and says, ‘No. But what I can offer you is some hope.” Totally deadpan. Then, after a beat, ‘ –On the other hand, I’ve got a couple singles and half a bologna sandwich I might be willing to part with for a quality handjob. I mean, give a girl a fish, she eats for a day, but teach a girl to fish…you dig where I’m coming from…?’
“Which was like, so wrong, of course. But at the same time, if you really stop to think about it, that exchange, out along a reddish stretch of desert highway straining to meet the shadescape of a towering rockface, had so much to say symbolically about this country and its battles over which political idealogy is best suited to really help the poor and disenfranchized.
“That, and I mention it because you asked about Dylan — and I’m pretty sure we were listening to ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ when that chick came over, both of us high as a couple of Quechan Indians strung out on buttons, and both of us really, really missing Toni Basil…”*