January 20th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Pop star Usher to appear at Obama rally

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (CNN) - Few people can say they've graced more magazine covers than Barack Obama - but Usher is certainly one of them. Now they'll share the same photo-op.

CNN has learned that the R&B superstar and heart-throb will appear on the same stage with Obama at a rally in Orangeburg on Tuesday evening.

An Obama spokesman said Usher won't perform at the event, but will speak about why he is supporting the Illinois senator.

It's not the first time the singer has stumped for Obama. Usher first appeared at a rally for the senator in Atlanta back in September of last year.

"I stand here representing our youth," he said at the time, reading from index cards. "If you want change you have to get involved."

In light of the Obama campaign's efforts to court young African-American voters here, the event's location at South Carolina State University is not insignificant: it's the state's largest and oldest historically black university.

Actress Kerry Washington, who starred in films like "Ray" and "The Last King of Scotland," will also be at the event.

– CNN South Carolina Producer Peter Hamby

soundoff (318 Responses)
  1. Thomas - Reno, NV

    HRC injected race and gender. She managed to point the blame on everybody but herself. Look into her statements, and the statements of her opposition. The truth hurts...

    January 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. naija boy

    All this bickering on Obama, Clinton and the race aspect of all this has to stop. It is high time we realize that this election is going to determine the way we are going to be living 4 years from now. In my honest opinion, i believe Obama and Clinton are good candidates but what we have to realize is that if Clinton wins the nomination. number one we have to realize that she is most likely not going to beat McCain in becoming the president of the United States. It seems like this election is between Bill Clinton and Obama. The way i see it is that the clintons are trying to make history by being the first couple to become president of the United States. I am not trying to be a sexist but has a female and as she continues to grow older, she will becoming weaker and the people working with her will most likely control things e.g bill clinton. I believe Obama is a better candidate. He is a new face to the american public and to the world at large. Even people in the middle east prefer him to clinton. And those mentioning that he is black he is actually mixed. One will think that will enable him to be able to appeal to both races but unfortunately, some are actually worrying if he is black enough. It is high time we all stand up from our feet and really look at the important issues. The young ones are the future of America. If obama becomes the next president, we will show the world that america is really the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and not the divided states of america. We all have to have a common ground that will lift this nation up. No candidate is perfect but the tits for tats is not going to take us anywhere

    NIGERIA VIEW

    January 20, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Tom Davie

    Having a 'pop star' appear for you isnt going to get you votes outside the 20 year old demographic.

    Obama cant win the election on the youth vote.

    18-29 year olds make up 12 percent of the electorate and few ever then follow up this hype and vote in the general election.

    The 29-44 demographic is where I am. But I could care less if some rap star appears for Clinton or Obama. Thats going to BUY my vote?

    Its like having magic johnson. I could have cared less if Johnson appeared for Clinton or Obama. Just like the obama girl with the cute butt. Its nice to look at but it isnt going to give Obama my vote.

    29 to 44 year olds like myself dont buy for one minuite Obama or Clinton or Mc Cain is going to REVOLUTIONIZE our Country. We have been around long enough to see 4 presidents and know even the best of them is just a spin on the other ones.

    Granted, George Bush is the worst one we have seen since Nixon. But Reagan was good in one way, the Clinton good in other ways, then Bush Sr was ok, but not the best ..........

    We who are 29-44 have spouces and children, and our economy and STABILITY are the things we are looking for.

    Like her or not, Hillary Clinton has a far better chance of doing that then someone preaching the HYPE of hope. This is the cry of 'radicals and revolutionists' .

    We dont need the country in MORE turmoil . We need stability and the end of the war in Iraq.

    January 20, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. panola

    The best thing Barack can do for himself is quit smoking cigarettes and then make sure the public knows it. His inability to quit is being perceived as lacking strength, self-control and self-discipline. How many are wondering; if he can't look out for his own welfare, how can he look out for ours? We can support Barack by praying that he finds the strength to help himself so he can help us.

    January 20, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. martha

    It was Obama himself and his camp....who introduced this
    Race issue...If you ask Mr.Obama I am sure he would not agree w/me
    and other may even say that it was his camp...well I say that do you not have control of your camp? The truth of the matter is how can you write about your life exp..but when some one calls you on your own words,.....you pull the race card.....this tells me that you are not here to re-unite our country but to devide....you are once again bringing up the issue of Race......

    And you want to be
    the Pres..of the United States......Our Pres...should be for all the People and not just his own kind.....

    January 20, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Stephannie

    I think Hillary needs to reexamine her ability to lead this country on Day One - provided there is a Day One for her. So far she has cried and sent her husband out to fight her battles for her. Do we want to elect someone that cannot hold their own???

    January 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. xtina - chicago IL

    oh please I check out who these Hollywood types who barely made it out of high school want to vote for, then I vote the exact opposite !

    January 20, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. newtimes

    Women should absolutely not just vote for Hillary just because she is a woman. Women can perform poorly on the job as can men, and it is important that we have the a person with the right character and knowledge for the job. From my perspective, both Hillary and Obama have experience which is approximately equal in the public service (I don't count being married to a person the same as having that person's job!) plus Obama has been a civil rights lawer as well as a professor of constitutional law at one of the prominent law schools of our country (knowledge sorely needed by the leadership in the White House so that things like Guantanamo Bay, waterboarding, etc... can be reigned in). From this perspective Obama has done more for the rights of common people (on his own merits) than Hillary has.

    Given equivalent experience, then I look at character and ethics. Being president is one of the jobs where ethical consideration have the highest priority because power lends itself easily to abuse in people of weal moral and ethical standards. Both with intuition at watching how they have performed during the primaries, and knowledge of the Clintons numerous past scandals, confirm that Obama has by far the greater moral integrity in this race.

    I am an asian female under 30, and in my view race should absolutely play no role in this discussion. Let's leave racial divide as a thing of the last generation and move on to new times! (btw/ I am currently in Europe, and the people here are snickering saying, "America is too racist to ever elect a black president!", so for people that are not voting for Obama purely due to your internalized prejudice against minority candidates (you know who you are!), think about it and prove them wrong!)

    January 20, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  9. Connie

    Obama! I am NPA but if Hillary will become the democratic nominee ...I will always vote for Republican for the rest of my life because I will separate myself 4 ever from Hillary's party. The democratic party has no judgment to determine the danger that Hillary represents for our country. I have nothing personal against Hillary but her lifestyle and Character is very weird and I am tremble. I will live 8 years in Europe not to have to deal with the dynasty of the Clinton/ Bush grimacer y. I am a woman and I will be very very very happy to have a woman president...but not Hillary. The Dynasty is very boring...the Clintons are BORING. Period. If Obama get out of the race I will not watch the election process anymore on cable. I will not watch television simply to avoid the so-called election. Obama makes the election very excited and full of fame NOT HILLARY. She is BORING! totally Boring. Must of the people that I spoke with found her to be very boring. Truly, I do not know how she get all those votes that she claimed. Obama can bring wonderful fresh history in the history of the American people

    America, you get your charm back before the world...YES YOU CAN! YES YOU CAN!

    January 20, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. v.cifaldi&paul

    SO....HILLARY GETS AN ENDORSEMENT FROM THE PASTOR OF THE SECOND LARGEST AFRICAN AMERICAN CHURCH IN THE COUNTRY AND ....

    OBAMA GETS A RAPPER.

    HHHMMMMM.

    THIS IS NOT A GAME OR A JOKE, PEOPLE. LETS GET REAL

    MAYBE IF OBAMA WINS, HE'LL HAVE USHER BE THE POET LAUREATE INSTEAD OF MAYA ANGELOU...WHO...BY THE WAY...SUPPORTS HILLARY.

    January 20, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Howard

    This is Fantastic comments, I am a senior white man of 78 yrs old, and if you think voting for the Clintons is the best for the American, Then you better think twice.

    I am appealing to you all reading this message, there is something in that man OBAMA. Listen to his words and deeply you will find out that his words are for real.

    Bill & his Wife were in the white house for 8 yrs, and with their so called 35 yr experience, can someone tell me what they have done for the American People??
    And it was a big disappointment that the Latinos and the few white people voted for Clinton in Nevada.

    If you believe that Clinton will make a change, please sit back and think again. We are tired of this lies.

    American is smarter than such lies.

    I have been offer money to vote, but guess what. I will be honest for my next generations than few dollars to put America into a dark hole.

    Bill & Hillary, The time is up, please be kind enough to withdraw.

    SHAME on you Clintons for attempting to role your lies over us again
    I voted for you twice, but this time. I will not be fool again.

    God Bless you all fellow American, this is our chance to get back the white house, Only with OBAMA. ( Change we can, old & young)

    Howard.

    January 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  12. Mark, Wilkes Barre PA

    I thought this story was about Usher ? ,,, You dem/libs crack me up !!!! lmao You people cant even get along and stop argueing over the silliest story run to date ! what the heck is the matter with all you ???? or is this the A.D.D chatroom ?? Keep up the good work,,,, Mean while Huck just gave congradulations to McCain's victory and thanked all the republican candidates for running a clean and respectful campaign.,,,,,, LMAO,,,,,

    January 20, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  13. Craig in Madison

    I've got a great idea!! Surround "Obama" with so many celebrities who support him that we can't see who we'd actually be stuck with once we vote for some popular guy named "Obama"!!

    January 20, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. Christian, Tampa FL

    I would just like to say that "pops" deserves the Best Comment of the Year Award.

    January 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. Becky Montgomery

    I think it is sad that if an African American endorses Obama, it must be race–is it POSSIBLE he just thinks he is the best candidate? I am a white woman and am voting for Obama–tell me what gender/race issue makes me do that? It CAN BE just about the person, and as long as people assume that it is gender and/or race every time, we will not overcome racism. I do have hope, however, and Obama can bring unity to our country. I am voting to let him do just that.

    January 20, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Spish

    I don't know why there is so much rhetoric about who said what and so little attention is being paid to the real issues at hand? We are again playing into the hands of the media which seeminlgy highlights what it deems "Newsworthy"!! it could be anything from the fairytale comment from Pres Clinton to Saying Reagen was good for us and Not Pres Clinton by Obama...

    The coverage.. the experts everything seems biased.. Dems have to think hard as to who is ELECTABLE (yeah it will be against the Rep machinery which will not look rusty and corroded as it seems now, come November)

    I believe we the voters need to take a step back take a deep breath and ask the questions we need answers for rather than pander to who is white black pink or brown. It is our future that is at stake people WAKE UP...

    January 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  17. Fair,Washington,Dc

    There are a few AA that will vote for Hillary bc we know she is the best candidate in the field, but as an AA I will tell you she will not win any primary that the AA vote is strong. Thats just it in a nutshell. I am totally embarassed that we as AA are turning on the Clintons now that it serves our purpose bc there is a AA in the race. Vote for Obama all you want, but to go out and accuse the Clintons of harboring racist feelings is just wrong and up until now I've always said I liked Obama just didn't think he was the best candidate, but after watching him not come out and refute these racial allegations because it helps his cause has really turned me off to him...the great "uniter" ...yea right. With how they twisted the comments the Clinton's made and somehow made them racist remarks what can anybody say that can't be turned into a race issue...when the Repubs come after him ,oh they will definitely be racist...or anybody calls Obama out on anything...oh they mustbe racist...and you think thats going to be a uniting factor...shame on us AA...shame,shame,shame.

    January 20, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  18. sharon walker

    Dear Friends:
    Hallowed he Obama be not. He sells beer by the lott in Kenya while American children and the world and man and woman are suffering from alchoholism in larger quantities than ever. Perhaps he should be included in the pending lawsuit.
    Senator Beer. See the Sacramento Bee of today

    Equality compare a Senior Joe Kennedy. Presidency

    January 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  19. v.cifaldi&paul

    TO DIANE: I THINK IT IS YOU WHO NEEDS TO LOOK FOR THE TRUTH.....MAYBE SOMEWHERE BESIDES THE INTERNET. TRY A LIBRARY SINCE REFERENCES PLACED THERE ARE PROVEN AND VETTED. ANY IDIOT CAN PUT ANYTHING THEY WANT ON THE INTERNET...

    TRULY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK "WHO SAID?" BEFORE THEY FORM AN OPINION...OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE SOME WHO BELIEVE EVERYTHING THEY HEAR ABOUT A PARTICULAR PERSON OR SUBJECT BEFORE LOOKING UP THE SOURCE....

    "IT IS BETTER TO REMAIN SILENT AND THOUGHT A FOOL THAN TO OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT."

    January 20, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  20. llew

    i find myself a bit confused, who is obama running against? hillary or BILL. why does obama have to campaign against hillary and BILL CLINTON? , and if she gets the nomination would it be on her own merits or BILL CLINTONS'? i have been following politic for thirty-five years and i have never seen a former PRESIDENT on the campaign trail as much as i have seen BILL CLINTON. BILL also seems to be using the old trial lawyer tactic of putting inaccurate information out there, then retracting it after the possible damage has been done.

    January 20, 2008 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  21. rw

    Usher who? Is this some type of MTV bootie video personality? What is next, Coldplay plays for Hillary event, Jewel for Edwards?Sean Penn gets angry for Kucinich? I really would like the music industry and Holly wood to stay out of politics publicly. If they really want to contribute, they should organize themselves and make regular trips over to Afghanistan and Iraq and cheer up our soldiers (and the coalition troops).

    January 20, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. tina ny, ny

    Hey Usher how is your grannie wife. Is she is coming too or she is with Clinton. As some people think it is about younger voters.

    January 20, 2008 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  23. Karen

    I'm an independent. Stop declaring that indes will absolutely not vote for the candidate you don't support. Based on these blogs, I wouldn't vote for any of the Dem candidates. You're pathetic. No, your candidate is not going to change the world. No, your candidate is not going to make the difference for the country. Congress does that, and the people who bother to take the time to write, e-mail and call their congress people and demand representation. When is the last time any of you bothered to contact your rep? You're being hypocritical.

    January 20, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Tony, Tulsa, OK

    Obama the "uniter" is now deploying his South Carolina strategy. He's going for broke with the black vote, when all along his candidacy was supposed to transcend race. His camp manufactured the MLK controversy and cast the Clintons in an absurd light that had people questioning their devotion to civil rights. The Clintons??! He's going to win by dividing and by playing the race card when it's most convenient for him. But is it healthy for the Democratic party in the long run?

    January 20, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. llew

    BILL was out in nevada this week doing what he does best, misquoting obama on the REAGAN STATEMENT, AND THE FUNNY THING ABOUT IT HE AND HILLARY BOTH HAD PRASIED REAGAN IN 1992, BUT THEY FAILED TO MENTION THAT. I HAVE LOST ALL RESPECT FOR BILL CLINTON.

    January 20, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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