The quote is from a CNS News interview with the Grammy Award winning musician prior to his performance at a ceremony honoring former President George H. W. Bush, hosted by the Points of Light at the Kennedy Center in March of 2011.
Asked if Pres. Obama had lived up to his expectations, Brooks responded:
Yeah, I think what President Obama is finding out is all that we want to do, the system kind of doesn’t allow the most powerful guy in the world to kind of do his job and I’m sure nobody’s more frustrated than him to complete those promises that he did and I think he’s trying his heart out. I love him to death and I fully support him and I just wish him well because it’s got to be hell in that office.
Brooks went on to note his concern about the overall political climate in the country at the time, telling CNS News:
The whole political system kind of has me concerned right now to tell you the truth –200 years old and we might think of about, you know, kind of kicking it in the ass a little bit. It just seems like we vote for things because they’re Republican or Democratic.
I think we should vote for them because they’re right or wrong and we kind of have seemed to have fallen into that trap so that would be the one warning I would give all us. Put down where you’re from and what flag you fly under and let’s get to putting the best person, man or women in the office and let’s start making some strides.
When asked to cite a specific example, Brooks replied:
For me, it’s if my guy didn’t get in then I drag my feet for four years and we don’t get anywhere and if my guy gets in, you drag your feet for four years and we don’t get anywhere. We’ve got to stop doing that. Once we get there let’s try to be four years down the road further than we were and let’s see what happens. Let’s all work together and that’s kind of what this is all about tonight.
One of the comment strings on the YouTube clip is particularly poignant, beginning with the initial statement that:
I teach political science at the college level. Garth Brooks has just stated what the vast majority of Americans of believe about American politics: a two party political system does not currently, accurately reflect the views of the American public…. ]T]he vast majority of the American public agrees with Garth’s view of the U.S. political party system. His view is not pro-Democrat, nor pro-Republican. It is about the American political system as a whole.