Not the most surprising moment in John Kasich’s tenure was his support for the expansion of Medicaid. Or his attack on public sector unions. Or his harsh criticism of Donald Trump. All of these pale in comparison to the horrific developments that occurred on May 20, 2016, when the then Ohio governor decided that Attending the Rock on the Range Festival at Historic Crewewith eardrum splitting performed by Metal Core Memphis Mayfire from the front of the stage.
The appearance revealed Kasich’s unexpected cultural enthusiasm, which was also featured in recent months in his podcast he launched in January with daily offerJordan Clipper. Here are some anecdotes from Kasich’s unfiltered mind.
Bono and Friends: “I used to be friends with Bono,” the former governor said on Kasich & Klepper’s first episode, sharing a story about the U2 singer’s efforts on behalf of debt relief for African nations. “Al Pacino told me, ‘Don’t be a name-blocker,’” Kasich stated in another episode, before choosing to ignore this advice. “I was talking to Lionel Richie about this,” Kasich continued.
It’s Biliber: Kasich urged comedian Michael Ian Black to listen to “Lonely,” Justin Bieber’s 2020 biopic. “He opened his heart and soul, and it really surprised me. I happen to be a Bieber fan, and this song just got me out.”
Trombone problem: Kasich is not a fan of large brass instruments, especially those with slides that are two feet long in addition to their length. “If I have a trombone, you’d better get out of my way, because when I go play some of these notes, I have to slide that thing out, and I can hit someone. … If you’re a trombone, I think you’ll have to be alone.” .
Cone bites: For Kasich, nothing beats the last bite of an ice cream cone. “You put it in your mouth, and then you chomp on it loudly, it’s like an explosion of delight.” It could also be a pioneering opportunity. “We can put these things called ‘cone bites’ – just the end of the cone,” Kasich told Kleiber. “Don’t you think this might really work?”
Learn to dance: A friend of Kasich’s twin daughters, Emma and Reese, taught their father how to dance to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.” “I wanted to make sure at weddings that I could perform,” Kasich said. He offered to share Clipper a video of his performance of “Billie Jean”, then changed his mind. “Trust me,” Kasich said.
This story is from the July 2022 issue of Columbus Monthly.