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Obama's Music Man Sings a Sad Song for McCain

It's Election Night in the nation's capital and the only person we met who didn't seem to worship Obama was the man who scored many of the next president's ads -- Todd Hahn. "It was with a heavy heart," he said, that he voted for Obama today.

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Todd Hahn. (Photo by Mary Ann Akers).

Just eight years ago, Hahn was composing music for John McCain's ads in the GOP primary and got to know the Arizona senator well. "I really like the guy, he was very nice to me."

Obama? "I never met him," Hahn told us at a small party hosted by Envision Communications.

But business is business, and Hahn - who says he's a registered independent - is "not politically minded." He composed the music for several of Obama's ads this cycle as well for the final portion of the Illinois senator's 30-minute infomercial that aired last week. He provided the soundtrack for several other House and Senate candidates, including Al Franken in Minnesota.

And he even composed the music that accompanied the video for Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The score was mostly "minimalist piano," as Hahn put it.

"I was trying to soften her up, because she seemed like kind of a cold fish," he told us tonight.

But in the end, he says he voted for her husband for president. "It was hard," the composer acknowledged, sighing. But hey - a paycheck's paycheck. So, nothing personal, Senator McCain.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  November 4, 2008; 11:41 PM ET
 
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So he thought Michelle Obama seemed like a cold fish? I think he's probably correct; she doesn't impress me as someone who is much impressed with anyone but herself.

Posted by: Lilycat1 | November 5, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow what a country we are! This is going to be such an exciting time for America. Now that Obama is president I hope he puts a lot of attention towards global poverty. According to The Borgen Project:
$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$540 billion: Annual U.S. Defense Budget.
Go to www.borgenproject.org to learn more!

Posted by: veronica5 | November 5, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Michelle Obama is anything but a cold fish, she might have seemed that way at the time the ad was made, as she knew it would be seen by millions of people, so naturally anyone would have been a little reserved and apprehensive in that position.

Michelle projects herself as a warm, caring, intelligent and confident woman.

She has had to fight to get to where she is, and she has a great education, a warm family life in her family of origin as well as with Barack and their girls.

I have the utmost respect for her, which I do not have for cindy mccain and/or sarah palin.

Michelle does not have an agenda for personal glory and does not conduct herself merely to please other people. She is her own woman and I am very proud to have her as our new First Lady.

She will not be a "Stepford Wife" like laura bush, who simply views herself as an "extension" of her husband.

Michelle will speak up and speak out for what will help to improve the quality of life for all people in this country, including the ones who are eager to criticize her.

Not that it matters, but I am a 62-year old white woman who voted for Gore, Kerry and Obama. I was formerly an independent until the republicans forced me to become a democrat in self-defense.

Posted by: MsRock4Ever | November 6, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

OVER 62+ MILLION PEOPLE VOTED FOR BARACK OBAMA...52.6%

HANNITY DO NOT HAVE A CHANCE WITH ALL THESE PEOPLE! KEEP HANNITY IN CHECK!

ATTACK HANNITY... IF HE GETS OUT OF LINE..DON'T MAKE HIM A HERO...IF HANNITY PROMOTING HATE?..THAT IS NO HERO, AMERICA!

MR. OBAMA President of the U.S. needs our help still. We need to keep our eye on the in house enemy! Quote.."HANNITY'S AMERICA"

Mr. Sean Hannity feels the need to continue to (DIVIDE AMERICA) with his rant and raves about quote "associations"
our goal here should be to keep his rhetoric straight talk!

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IN THIS PIECE ABOVE MR. SEAN HANNITY RIGHTOUSLY BEING "ASSOCIATED WITH TERROR!"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036677/vp/26877217

ABOVE ARE JUST PLAN COMEDY FOLKS! THE BEST POLITICAL COMEDY IN DECADES.

Note: type in links learn and if need be. Protest Hannity's hatred rhetoric! email sean hannity also foxnews...pass this message on please!

Posted by: opp88 | November 6, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I happen to know that Mr. Hahn at no time called Michelle Obama a cold fish. These words were the journalist's embellishment. Mr. Hahn had only described Mrs. Obama's initial unease with the intense limelight she was experiencing as a novice to the world of political scrutiny.

Posted by: RexBrownchild | November 7, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

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