Obama gets A-listers on his side

2012-11-05 12:00

Cincinnati — President Barack Obama is counting on former President Bill Clinton and Bruce Springsteen, top surrogates for his campaign, to carry his message. But he also has enlisted an army of A-list performers and public figures - from Lady Gaga to Billie Jean King, from Jay-Z to Crosby, Stills and Nash — to promote his re-election.

The Obama campaign provided a who's-who of 181 actors, musicians, authors, athletes, mayors, Congress members, and more that fit any and all demographic groups in the president's target zone. All are being deployed to carry his message to television and radio in the waning days of a nip-and-tuck campaign.

On Saturday, Stevie Wonder played an unannounced concert for voters waiting in line to vote early in Cleveland. Wonder opened a rally for Obama by rocking the arena at the University of Cincinnati with a rendition of "Keep on Running".

Songwriter John Legend, actor Laurence Fishburne, and congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis, were among those who went to Ohio to lead a "Souls to the Polls" effort with local churches.

The list includes some of Hollywood's big names — Samuel L Jackson, Anne Hathaway, and Scarlett Johansson — who were talking to Top 40 radio stations. Jackson and comedian Chris Rock were on stations with primarily African American audiences urging voters to go to the polls on Tuesday.

Danny DeVito and members of the FX sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have canvassed neighbourhoods in Wisconsin, made phone calls and visited colleges in the state.

Others on the Obama list include Black Eyed Peas' front man and rock band leaders such as Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.

Celebrity sells. Now it remains to be seen if voters buy.

  • Sello Makgato - 2012-11-05 12:28

    Obama rocks that's how a black man rolls. Go 0bama Go

      tobydt - 2012-11-05 12:45


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  • rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 13:04

    A-list in terms of common sense and more than double-figure IQ's!

  • lauren.hess.1272 - 2012-11-05 13:10

    Barack gets Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, freaking Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson and who does Mitt get? Chuck Norris, a guy who talks to an empty chair and Meatloaf who I think has breasts. I know who I'd choose...

      rinus.groeneveld.7 - 2012-11-05 13:56

      Lol!!!!! Brilliant Lauren! I'm pretty sure Mitt also has Kim Kardashian ... or maybe not (she's probably not sure herself if she's Dem or Rep!)

      customdesign - 2012-11-05 14:39

      I'd go with Chuck Norris and Clint Eastwood any day lol

  • vaaldonkie.visagie - 2012-11-05 16:10

    Well, it's safe to say that one should always vote for the guy NOT being endorsed by A-List celebrities. But what do I care? - 2012-11-05 17:13


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