Carrie Underwood: I Stay Out of ‘Politicky Kind of Stuff’

By Nicholas Ballasy | March 24, 2011 | 12:22 PM EDT

Country music star Carrie Underwood (AP photo)

( - Grammy Award-winning country music star Carrie Underwood, winner of the 2005 American Idol contest, told that she abstains from commenting on “politicky kind of stuff.”

At the Points of Light Institute Tribute event at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, asked Underwood if President Barack Obama had lived up to her expectations in the Oval Office. She declined to answer.

“Now you’re getting into like politicy kind of stuff,” she said. “I’m here for the service aspect and to honor great people and the service that they’ve done and I kind of stay out of the rest of it.”

The Points of Light Institute Tribute honored former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush for their role in advancing volunteerism. The non-partisan event was attended not only by the senior Bush but also by former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

In a November 2008 interview, Underwood declined to tell TV Guide who she supported for president in that election year.  “I [didn’t] support publicly. I lose all respect for celebrities when they back a candidate,” she told the magazine.

On Monday, at the Points of Light Institute Tribute, Underwood also told it is “easy” for her to serve the community because organizations approach her “all the time.”

“It’s easy for me. Organizations approach me all the time and little things that you can do--Make a Wish, Special Olympics--things like that that make such an impact on the people you meet. Those are my favorite things to do,” she said.

“I started a foundation in my home town and we’ve done a lot of great things there and will continue to do so and it’s all about helping people,” she said. “I love helping people that I know or stories that you hear. You go to church and someone says, ‘Oh, my gosh, so and so just lost his job, or whatever it is, and you know being able to help out anonymously is one of my favorite things to do.” asked Underwood how she decided on the organizations she would dedicate her volunteer time to.

“I don’t really have to decide and that’s one of the wonderful things,” she said. “Usually people want concert tickets or for a Make-a-Wish kid to come and say ‘hi’ to you during the show, after the show or whatever, sing a song with you. It’s--that’s easy for me because that’s what I’m doing anyway. I’m there, they’re there. Organizations like that will work really hard to fit your schedule and their schedule and it all works out and you get to meet people and see them be very excited to meet you.”