12/03/2012 10:42 am ET

Kid Rock To Obama: 'No Hard Feelings' Over Election Victory

Kid Rock isn't one to hold a grudge. The performer and Mitt Romney supporter was gracious in defeat when he ran into Barack Obama, whose reelection bid Rock vehemently opposed.

"It always stinks to lose at anything in life," Rock told CNN. "But the beautiful thing about it, you know, is that I love this country and I think both men do, so you cross your fingers and try to move forward and hope for the best. You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is that in four years, we'll see what happens. It's tough to stand up for something you believe in, especially in my business. It's very easy to alienate a lot of fans and people, but if you don't stand for something you stand for nothing."

Rock also said Obama greeted him with a smile, joking that he was "still here." "I said, 'No hard feelings' and he remembered meeting my son when I played his inauguration, which was very special."

The pair ran into each other at the Kennedy Center Honors, where the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were on hand to celebrate Led Zeppelin, David Letterman and other luminaries in the arts.

It's a message that's in tune with Rock's general philosophy. During the election cycle, he and liberal actor Sean Penn filmed a quirky PSA urging Americans to not forget their common values -- no matter how different their politics may be.

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