President Obama says he grew up with Michael Jackson's music and is happy he's "being remembered primarily for the great joy that he brought to a lot of people." In a wide-ranging interview, he adds, "I've still got all his stuff on my iPod." On more serious topics:
- Gitmo: He says the idea of indefinite detentions for some detainees "gives me huge pause," but he didn't explicitly rule out the prospect of an executive order imposing them.
- Affirmative action: He says the Supreme Court is "moving the ball" away from affirmative action but noted justices left the door open for well-thought-out racial preferences in hiring and college admissions. He supports them in some circumstances.
- As he prepares for a Moscow trip, he says Vladimir Putin "still has a lot of sway" and needs an in-person reminder the Cold War is over. "Putin has one foot in the old ways of doing business and one foot in the new."