Kid Rock was one of Mitt Romney’s most vocal supporters during the 2012 election, so it was a little surprising to see him up on stage during the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., this weekend. The Detroit native played for the celebrity crowd and told President Obama that he had “no hard feelings” about the election.
Rock performed with Willie Nelson during the Kennedy Center Honors, but he also got a chance to talk to President Obama one-on-one.
Rock told CNN:
“It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, ‘I’m still here.’ I said, ‘No hard feelings.’”
Detroit and the auto industry were major talking points during the election, and Kid Rock became a vocal supporter of the GOP candidate. The Romney campaign used Rock’s “Born Free” as their campaign theme song, and Rock frequently showed up at rallies.
Kid Rock said that he was disappointed that Mitt Romney lost but said that it was important to respect the office of the President.
“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 get to choose again.”
Here’s a video of Kid Rock’s interview at the Kennedy Center Honors.