Still undecided on who to vote for in the 2012 Presidential Election?

One music lover presented an interesting alternative to the familiar foes currently battling it out on the campaign trail:

“Patti for president,” the woman cried out on Monday night at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore, just a mile or so away from where President Barack Obama could be found drumming up support at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

President Patti Smith? It does have a certain ring to it. And you can bet that her State of the Union Addresses would kick butt.

“Well, you know me,” Smith responded to the nomination. “If I was president, I would spend all my time reading and watching detective shows — and let Ralph Nader do all the work.”

It’s probably best to leave the politics to the professionals — not because they’re better suited to run this country, but because rock ‘n’ roll can’t afford to lose Smith.

Punk rock’s poet laureate proved once again during her Fillmore show, which followed a performance at the gigantic Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival on Sunday, that she’s nothing less than a one-in-a-million talent. There’s never been anyone else like Smith in rock music — and there probably never will be.

Her sold-out show was filled with highly literate and poetic songs, worthy of dissection in a graduate-level college course, yet her performance contained the type of raw power usually witnessed in a high school punk rock gig. She’s one of the most magnetic performers to ever grace the stage, whether she’s reading from French poet Arthur Rimbaud, faithfully covering some classic rock tune or shaking the foundation with one of her own early classics. Heck, she could recite the menu from a Chinese restaurant and it would still come across as genius.

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