Kid Rock after Obama win: 'No hard feelings'
Kid Rock, who supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, says there are "no hard feelings" between himself and President Barack Obama, who was re-elected in November.
The rocker, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, and the U.S. leader had on Sunday both attended a reception at the White House honoring the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, which included "Late Show" host and comedian David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman and legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
"It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, 'I'm still here.' I said, 'No hard feelings,'" Kid Rock told CNN. "And he remembered meeting my son when I played at his inauguration, which was very special."
Kid Rock performed at the MTV & ServiceNation: Live From The Youth Inaugural Ball event in Washington, D.C. in January 2009, when Obama was sworn in as president and began his first term.
Kid Rock this year performed at rallies for both Romney, who hails from the rocker's home state of Michigan, and running mate Paul Ryan. In December 2011, Kid Rock gave the Republican candidate his blessing to use his 2010 single "Born Free" as the theme song for his campaign.
"It always stinks to lose, like anything in life," Kid Rock told CNN. But I think the beautiful thing about it is I love this country, just like I think both men do. You cross your fingers, you try to move forward, you hope for the best, you respect the office of the president of the United States and the great thing is, in four years, we'll see what happens, and we get to choose again."
"It's tough to stand up for something you believe in, believe me, especially in my business, 'cause it's very easy to alienate a lot of fans and people but I believe if you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing," he said.
At the award show, Led Zeppelin's surviving members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones accepted the honors, while Kid Rock, Foo Fighters, Heart and Bonham's son performed songs by the group.
Kid Rock has shown his support for the Republican party before, appearing at events promoting the campaigns of politicians such as Michael Bouchard, who ran for Senate in 2006 and endorsed Romney in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries.
Kid Rock said in March 2011 during an interview with Piers Morgan on his CNN talk show that he did not consider himself a "traditional Republican."
"I think I'm like the majority of people who are tired - we don't want a bunch of Bible thumpers running the country and we don't want a bunch of pot-smoking hippies running it," he said. "I would sway, belief-wise, more Republican and less government and creating opportunity. If you had to strictly say one of those, yes, I would sway a little bit more that way but then I would sway left on other issues."
(Pictured above: Kid Rock speaks before introducing Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at a rally at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012.)