Tony Bennett on Obama: ‘Can’t Blame Him For Anything’

By Nicholas Ballasy | May 13, 2011 | 5:14 PM EDT

( – Grammy award-winning singer Tony Bennett said that no one can “blame” President Barack Obama for “anything” given the “heavy load” he “inherited.”

Obama is “very encouraged about the arts but don’t forget he’s had a heavy load,” said Bennett on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.  “I mean, what he inherited as a president -- they can’t blame him for anything because they created all of the trouble for him”

Bennett continued, “I think he’s fine. I think he’s great. What’s wrong with having an intelligent man as President?”

Bennett visited Capitol Hill to support the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). NAMM is a “not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the $17 billion global musical instruments and products industry.”

Bennett said a “good education” is lacking in the music industry today.

Singer Tony Bennett (AP Photo)

“A good education – that’s what we’re trying to do, with my wife, is to educate the children so they can learn music,” said Bennett. “Right now they’re playing three chords and two of them are wrong.” He added that every public school should have an arts program.

“Cutting the arts would be tragic,” he said.

When asked what arts initiatives Congress should support, Bennett said, “I have no idea. It’s up to them. All I know is if they cut the arts, they’re cutting America right in half because what are we going to do with the young people?”

“What about their life?” said Bennett. “They should be inspired to be better and better. Our country should do better and better things for the rest of the world and ourselves.”