Bob Dylan was detained by police in Long Branch, N.J. last month, when a young officer failed to recognize him, police said. The officer proceeded to go to earnest lengths to ensure the hooded, disheveled, rain-soaked music legend was, in fact, who he said he was.
The great lengths included putting Dylan into the back of the police car and driving him to a hotel to verify that he was who he claimed he was. Just how did Dylan respond to this oppressive profiling by police (the police officer assumed he was a homeless vagrant):
“OK Bob, why don’t you get in the car and we’ll drive to the hotel and go verify this?’ ” she said she told him. “I put him in the back of the car. To be honest with you, I didn’t really believe this was Bob Dylan. It never crossed my mind that this could really be him.”
Buble made small talk on the ride to the hotel, asking her detainee where he was playing, she said, but never really believing a word he said.
“He was really nice, though, and he said he understood why I had to verify his identity and why I couldn’t let him go,” Buble said. “He asked me if I could drive him back to the neighborhood when I verified who he was, which made me even more suspicious.
Huh. I guess you probably don’t get a beer with the President for being nice and understanding that a police officer is just doing their job. Otherwise, the President would probably have to buy the vast majority of us a beer. Come to think of it, that’s a stimulus package I could probably get behind.