Obama Calls On Rock Stars For Support

As part of his re-election campaign, President Obama is calling on support from a range of mainstream rock artists to drum up votes.

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President Obama is seeking support from mainstream rock acts, including Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and Maroon 5, for his imminent re-election campaign.

His wish list of musicians also includes the likes of Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and John Legend, according to NME.

The President is so keen to attach himself to the list of high-profile musicians that he's already sent the list to campaign donors to suggest they will be endorsing his campaign. Jay-Z and John Legend did publicly support his 2008 campaign, but to us it seems a little presumptuous to add their names before making it official.

Some musicians have actively spoken against Obama, including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, despite begrudgingly supporting the re-election campaign considering the alternative candidates.

Last month, Waters said the President need to "develop bigger cojones" if he wanted to govern in the way his voters expect.

"I'm very, very disappointed by his foreign policy," he said. "It obviously goes against everything that I believe. Having said that, it seems that the alternative to re-electing Obama would be such a heinous disaster for this country if you look at the candidates on the other side."

What do UG readers think of Obama's performance during his time in the White House? Is he the lesser of two evils, or did he just fall short on one too many promises? Share your opinion below.

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    WhoAMEye
    haygoe wrote: maroon 5 is not rock god I hate when gay pop bands get called rock
    Cos that's what is important here.
    metalhead2475
    Is this to combat LOG's Randy Blythe in the presidential race? Fight music with music I guess.
    Craig_Christian
    Obama's a let down but who gives a crap. The entire world of politics is a big shitty heap of lies and disappointment it's always the lesser of two evils to choose between wherever you go. Land of the free my arse.
    Pippers
    The disappointment with Obama is that he always appears to be on the moral side. The people side. But when the pedal hits the floor, which is rare, he goes 100% opposite. You look at the PATRIOT ACT renewal, he said he wouldn't extend it. He extended it. He said he felt bad, but our nation needed it. YEAH OKAY. Thanks, we just voted you in to get rid of it. Guantamamo Bay. He said he would close it. Later on, he said the security of our nation needs it still even though he doesn't agree with it. YEAH OKAY. Thanks,we just voted you in to close it. Obama said he would never sign National Defense Authorization Act, that would let US citizens be detained forever. Yet, he signed it. Saying he felt bad about it, but our national security depended on it. See a pattern here?
    damage_inc07
    Sparda93 wrote: Americans, i can see the shit Obama and the politicians are throwing to you, you must all get the **** of your couches and demonstrate against the lie of your government, i`m not saying America is the only corrupt country, but seeing they are a world power, it`s effin` critical that the american citizens take their country back and throw their lying politicians out the door.
    Don't hold your breath we are too busy watching Jersey Shore instead.
    Tonganation
    Next we'll see the GOP candidates reaching out to Dave Mustaine for endorsement.
    MetalMullet
    RobbieBourne wrote: I love Pink Floyd and Roger Waters is a pretty cool guy, but who gives a shit what some Englishman thinks about the state of American politics. I don't hear Dave Grohl chiming in on the quality of David Cameron's leadership..
    Really? Actually, to make it fair, the whole world should be able to vote for the next president in the US of A. Why? Because every little shitty decision they make effects the surrounding world. Or event better, let only the rest of the world vote and exclude Americans on the grounds: "lack of brain". And to conclude my comment, voting doesn't change jack sh*t. The whole system should be changed or we are f*cked.
    lelandekstam
    Who cares what he does honestly, if Ron Paul has support from Rise Against and No Doubt, why can't Obama go after acts?
    You realize that No Doubt and Rise Against's Twitter accounts were hacked, right? also, lol @ WhoAMEye's comment
    Sparda93
    Americans, i can see the shit Obama and the politicians are throwing to you, you must all get the **** of your couches and demonstrate against the lie of your government, i`m not saying America is the only corrupt country, but seeing they are a world power, it`s effin` critical that the american citizens take their country back and throw their lying politicians out the door.
    strat0blaster
    Obama was a disappointment for sure considering how fired up he was when he got elected, but he's only one man in a government full of men who can shoot down what he says and tries. I'm not really satisfied with much of Obama after his first year or so, but I swear to Gods, he's better than Mitt fcking Romney. If those are my choices, Obama 100%.
    smalRaptor
    It's hard to please everyone. No matter what you do as a president, you're going to piss off the other group. As a soldier, we deploy about every other year. Obama took office, and it's slowed considerably. I've got 2 years to spend time with my friends and we've already wrapped up Iraq.
    BruceMacD
    Why would the American president seek support of Arcade Fire (a group of Canadians)? I hope they stay neutral on this.
    Soulgrind025
    Hell... Phil from All That Remains, and Mark from Chimaira endorses Ron Paul, but, they endorse him because they believe he is the best for this country. Another 4 years of Obama = something worse than SOPA, PIPA, and he will even probably try to sensor music. Everything the government touches gets ruined.
    samhell
    Kozlic wrote: He doesn't agree with his foreign politics like...ending war?! oh my good what a horrible man! He dares to end wars! Shame on him! Seriously guys?
    Who ends wars? Obama? HA! He only pulled some of the troops out of Iraq so we can go fight in Iran and Uganda and a hand full of other countries that dare oppose the might of our country and refuse to bow to our dollar.
    VanTheKraut
    samhell wrote: jhart08 wrote: 4 more years of recession!!! You'd be an idiot not to support that!!! Funny but true. I know several business owners who say they will not hire anyone until Obama is out of office. There are jobs just waiting to be filled but they don't want to be burdened with more taxes and the obamacare un-Constitutional nightmare.
    You could have just shortened your post and said "I know several ****ing morons." I'm not an obama fan either but Fox News has taken the lies out of control.
    csensesfail92
    we need to rethink our government system and those that get elected. this country is going no where but straight into the ground, with every person running for office screaming "bet I can fall faster!"
    dicky_fish
    The poor guy was doomed to fail pretty much from the get go. Obama could have been the best thing to happen to America in a long time, but the Americans went and ****ed it up. I think the comedian Dylan Moran got it right when talking about Obama: Everone went apeshit when Obama was elected; finally a sane, intellegent, rational human being in an important office. Great. But his biggest problem is everybody else! He's up there very convincing and commanding, and makes sense saying things like "It's a difficult time, everyone needs to work together and be realistic about what we've got to do" and everybody's looking at him going "No you do it! YOU ARE SUPERJESUS!"
    RobbieBourne
    I love Pink Floyd and Roger Waters is a pretty cool guy, but who gives a shit what some Englishman thinks about the state of American politics. I don't hear Dave Grohl chiming in on the quality of David Cameron's leadership..
    mnf50
    Well it doesn't really matter who's elected. Each American President is fuelled by greed and are corrupted just as much as the last.
    samhell
    Just another POS politician. There is really nothing but superficial differences between the Republicans and the Democrats. Anyone who thinks differently is fooling themselves. They are both run by big business. They both love to wipe their butts with our Constitution. They both love bombing 3rd world countries. They both loving taxing the crap out of us. Its just that each spews BS that appeals to one side of the human spectrum or the other and morons eat it up like candy.
    -xCaMRocKx-
    The problem with Obama is that he's too nice. He's willing to compromise (which is a good thing, more politicians should take notice), but the opposition have been acting like spoiled children his entire term: they've been unwilling to budge on anything, and then they say he's breaking promises. And of course there's the ridiculous attack on his credibility organised by the far right (he's not American, he's not Christian, his middle name is Hussein so he's a terrorist, etc.) which is solely because he's black. That's something no other president has had to put up with. I guess the point I'm trying to make is Obama has my support, but he has to become more of a hardass in the face of uncooperative opposition.
    metal@hart11
    im canadian and i dont even really follow politics much, but from an outsiders perspective, i would think obama did a pretty decent job CONSIDERING what kind of mess was handed to him when he started his presidency. i mean, he took out bin laden, took down a bunch of pirates, finally started bringing troops home, refused too thrust americans into israels bulls#!t! ya the economy suffers still but that's everyones own fault, not his. at least now the ball is rolling to recover from the debt crisis no?
    on3andth3sam3
    as long as someone who doesn't think LGBT people (like me) are abominations and second class citizens gets elected, i could care less. Seriously, it's 2012, let me marry my boyfriend.
    Thumper!
    How could any American vote for Obama after he passed the Bill S.1876? And to top it all off he won't veto the stupid SOPA bill. Obama is the biggest disgrace to America that has ever lived.
    peaches58`
    I'm conservative, and I have to agree with the lesser of two evils. I'm not really a strong supporter of any of the republican candidates, but I figure with the Senate being controlled by The Republican party maybe both parties will learn to work together and actually accomplish something for the good of the NATION not their party.
    damage_inc07
    Thumper! wrote: How could any American vote for Obama after he passed the Bill S.1876?
    Because people are stupid.
    samhell
    Grizzly55 wrote: Obama may not have done everything as well as we would like but look how hard congress fights him? besides, it's not exactly easy to clean up after a bunch of fools elected a mentally retarded chimp to be president. that's a lot to fix.
    I know its the cool hipster thing to blame Bush for everything but this country has had morons for presidents since Lincoln. Every president since then has killed off a little of what the founding fathers had created.
    Pippers
    Second Rate wrote: He had nearly tyrannical, veto proof power when he took office. The democrats had complete control over the government. They could have overridden every republican objection. They didn't pass things because the democrats knew that without the cover provided by "bipartisanship," their popularity would sink like a stone. Nice try with the "he's just one man in a government that opposes him" bullshit. Everyone with eyes to see and ears to hear knows it's not true.
    He certainly did not. The Democrats NEVER had a super majority while Obama has been in office, or even while they had majority during the final Bush years. Republicans filibustered in the past 6 years more than they had filibustered in the previous 25 years combined. So, no, quit rewriting history. Obama has never had any sort of control to do anything while he has been in power. The ONLY reason health care moved forward was because it pertained to a budget loophole that congress did not need to vote on. The President can bypass, and he did.
    plracing
    And right wing conservatives are the best bet to do this? Historically known as the most selfish people on the planet.
    Of course you have evidence of this claim, correct? I suppose in your eyes it makes me selfish if I choose to actually KEEP the money I earn instead of watching the Government (liberal OR conservative) hand it over to people who have never held a job? If that is your definition of selfish, then I guess I'm selfish.
    limpidgreen345
    I just want to know how many Bush haters are Obama lovers (and vice versa, to somewhat lesser extent). Those are the ones who need to be given coloring books instead of ballots.
    kylealex09
    k3v1n shr3dz wrote: Pagan_Poetry wrote: I don't think anybody should support him if the SOPA bill passes. He doesn't have any control over whether or not it passes. His control is in whether or not he SIGNS IT. Considering he HAS passed NDAA 2012, I will be searching for another (ACTUALLY LIBERAL) candidate.
    Good luck wasting your vote on someone who will lose. Everyones best bet is Ron Paul. Read up on him. He is also the closest thing to being liberal AND he's got a chance.
    centermass
    as much as i love pink floyd what the hell does roger waters opinion have to do with who becomes the next president? last i checked he was born in surrey ENGLAND! obama is a joke . has anyone noticed that every time his approval ratings are down he " kills osama bin laden" or "ends the war in iraq"this dude is a failure of epic proportions his predecessor was no better and the next one wont be either! hold on people we are in for a bumpy ride. in closing i would like to say to the staff at U.G. please dont report on crap like this i come here for guitar related subject matter not who the prez wants support from.think about it those quacks in washington look to see what the flavor of the month is and jump on the bandwagon to get the youth in their corner. PATHETIC. give me rock and roll guitar related news not obamas wish list thanks.....
    Trent Armitage
    Craig_Christian wrote: Obama's a let down but who gives a crap. The entire world of politics is a big shitty heap of lies and disappointment it's always the lesser of two evils to choose between wherever you go. Land of the free my arse.
    BETTER CALL THE WAAAAAMBULANCE FOR THIS GUY Who cares what he does honestly, if Ron Paul has support from Rise Against and No Doubt, why can't Obama go after acts?
    PatVanHalen5150
    It's a sad day when Arcade Fire & Maroon 5 are considered rock. Never even heard of Vampire Weekend. Ted Nugent for President 2012.
    Berryfield
    It was already sure when he got elected that people would be disappointed after Obama's presidency. The expectations towards him were way too high. But in overall he's done good job.
    zeppelin1234
    Well said Roger Waters... To everyone complaining about him not being american, well, you (north)americans more than anyone should know that every decision your government makes affects the rest of the world in huge proportions... just sayin