Between songs at a solo acoustic show at an Austin-area Waffle House last night, Natalie Maines commented that she is ashamed that President Barack Obama is not from Texas. The singer’s remark, which came just one day after the young president’s inauguration, began making news almost immediately.
“The first time, I thought it was just a fluke,” respected Dixie Chicks historian Don Karr told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “but as time goes on it’s becoming clear that Maines is simply incapable of delivering either a compliment or an insult that doesn’t somehow revolve around Texas. It’s a really peculiar fixation.”
The Obama comment was the first of many in a lengthy impromptu speech which also saw Maines lamenting the lack of Texas ties for Stevie Nicks, Mohandas Gandhi, and the guy who invented crocs. She went on to add more names to the list of people she wishes weren’t associated with Texas at all, among them Alberto Gonzales, Chace Crawford, Jamie Foxx, and infamous Old West train robber Sam Bass.
One restaurant patron, Greta Garber, said: “I can’t believe she would make such a fuss on sacred ground. The Waffle House is a special place, a family place, and it deserves better than all that rot.”
After the incident, Maines finished her set, hit the timeclock, and went back to waiting tables.