In this Rolling Stone interview with Merle Haggard, he talks about receiving Kennedy Center Honors and meeting President Obama:
It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It's really almost criminal what they do with our President. There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he's doing certain things that he's not. It's just a big old political game that I don't want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down. I'm sure some of it's true and some of it's not. I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be.
It's too bad the media doesn't have the nuts to take Republicans to task for their lunatic fringe stories about the president. Luckily for us, though, Merle does.