January 20th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
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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

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  1. Markes

    I have when you idiots talk about race. Oh Oprah,usher,and willsmith endors Obama because of black. You are so stupid people. A lot of African American suport Hillary Clinton but you didnt say that. Why are they suporting her because she is black. A lot of white suport Obama too. You are so stupid to say because he is black or white

    January 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. Lisa from TX

    Obama will not only bring the country together but also gain back our respect in the world. I don't care about his experience or lack of. I trust his judgement and respect the fact that he does not take money from lobbyist. Wake up America! We need a change and Obama is a breath of fresh air.

    January 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. TX in NV

    As a young voter, all I've known in the USA is Bush, Clinton, and then Bush again – and now you want to bring back the Clintons?

    DOESN'T ANYONE SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH THIS???

    As large of a country as we are, how can we continue to allow this monarchy of families to hold our lives in their hands??

    And sure, Hillary has her experience – but as in any role, once you've done something for so long, you become jaded and get lost in the agendas of yesterday. You lose sight of the now and the tomorrows, so sometimes you need someone who can step outside of the role of politician and still see things as an ordinary citizen. This is why we need Barack Obama.

    Change is always difficult, but please don't stick to something just because it is familiar. Dare to change, dare to make a difference. Participate in this election and do so with open ears and an open mind.

    January 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  4. Rita

    I am African American black woman and i am very proud to see Obama fighting to be The president of the us. I still don;t know what Obama is all about or what he stands for. What dose he believe in, what has he done for minority issues and causes why haven;t we heard from him all this time what is this change he is talking about ,how is he going to achieve it without any experience and no solid record to run on. Are we going to change for change sake or are we going to sit down and wait 8years after Hilary is done with her presidency by then Obama would have had enough solid record to run on. In as much as we want this opportunity ,let us not to be to quick and ending putting the re publicans into office again. Now the republicans are sitting and waiting to see Obama win the nomination so they can eat him alive with everything thing they got, We all know how vicious they can be when push comes to shove. To me any time any day experience and change is better than change alone. At least you will be able to know what is it you are trying to change.

    January 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  5. Nando

    For all the Latinos that Voted for Hillary when Mitt Romney wins the Election becuase you put Mrs I Will unite the Republicans in 5 Minutes for your Nominee, Think about that win they Come and Round all of you up and Place you On cattle trucks and send you back to Mexico, That's what Romney has Planned for you !!!!!!!!

    Remember that hate you more than they Hate US African Americans!!!!

    Viva MEXICO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. A.J.

    WHY IS IT, THAT WHEN SOMEONE STANDS UP AND SUPPORTS SEANTOR OBAMA, IT'S BECAUSE HE'S BLACK? WHY AREN'T THEY SUPPORTING HIM, BECAUSE HE IS A QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?

    TO VINCENT IN TAMAQUA, PA:

    MAYBE THE REASON NONE OF THE AFORE MENTIONED CELEBRETIES (i.e. will smith, usher raymond, oprah et.) DIDN'TGET INVOLVED IN POLITICS PREVIOUSLY IS BECAUSE; IT WAS LIKE VOTING FOR THE LESSER EVIL! MAYBE NOW THEY FINALLY SEE SOMEONE THAT IS ACTUALLY WORTH VOTING FOR.

    I AM A BLACK WOMAN, AND I *WAS* ACTUALLY EXCITED THAT WE HAD A POTENTIAL NOMINEE THAT WAS QUALIFIED AND HAPPENED TO BE BLACK. MY CHILDREN WERE EXCITED AND IT WAS JUST A GREAT FEELING, BUT SOMEHOW THIS WHOLE POSITIVE EXPERIENCE HAS TURNED NEGATIVE AND IT'S JUST SAD.

    I GUESS NO MATTER HOW QUALIFIED WE ARE, OR HOW EDUCATED WE ARE, OR, HOW GREAT OF A PERSON WE MAY BE...... WE WILL NEVER BE GOOD ENOUGH TO RUN THIS COUNTRY (always needing "just a little more experience")! MAYBE I SHOULD JUST LOOK AT MY CHILDREN NOW, AND TELL THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEIR GOALS ARE IN LIFE, AND WHAT THEIR ACCOMPLISHEMNTS MIGHT BE, ALWAYS SET YOUR STANDARDS A LITTLE LOWER; BECAUSE YOU WILL NEVER BE EXPERIENCED OR QUALIFIED ENOUGH!

    HOW DEPRESSING.

    January 20, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. Mike

    Phil Memphis, TN January 20, 2008 4:28 pm ET

    ""So Jess, you would vote for anopther Republican before Clinton? Then you are not left leaning, or if you are, you are willing to cut off your nose to spite your face.

    You are willing to continue to watch our young men die in a war a criminal Republican administration lied us into, continue to see our financial stability squandered, continue to allow the government to ignore the constitution, allow them to continue to widen their tracking and spying on american citizens; all because you have this deep-seated hatred of Hillary.. for what?

    If you are a left leaning independent I'm a right wing religious zealot.

    I don;t think there are many Dems out ther who really think that way. you guys must be Republican plants.""

    Actually Phil there are plenty of us. Hey, this is a vote based on principle. While not all of us are in love with the Clinton's, we don't entirely hate her. Not all of us think that Hillary can win in the general election (we know the repubs&indeps will be out in mass numbers to defeat her and if you all don't know it. then your crazy). Not all of us condone their gutter style manner of campaigning (and much of what they have done is offensive- the win at all cost – good cop bad cop stuff doesn't sit well with me).

    The list is long my friend, it's not that we don't like her for no good reason or that we just want Obama. Heck, I would be happy with Edwards. Even Edwards has a better chance at a win than Hillary does.

    Anyway, it all comes done to this Phil: At the end of the day, I am more loyal to my own ideas, beliefs, principles, etc. than I am to that of a political party. So, yes, I will cut off my nose as you say. Dems have spent the last 8 yrs. calling Repubs. sheep for believing everything GWB has said regarding war, social security, etc.

    Well, now who are the sheep Phil? The sheep in my book would be the people that: are following someone: just b/c her husband is the former president, just b/c they share her gender or feel it is time this country had a woman president(i think so too, but i dont think it is her) or just b/c you think the econ. of the 90's can be repeated today(eventhough econ. times have changed) or b/c you have nostaglic feelings for to the past......

    No my friend for many of us, this is based on principle. I'm sure supporting Hillary is based on something for you all right? Well, so are our convictions not to support her.

    See you at the polls,
    Mike

    January 20, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  8. Robin Wagner from ct

    No Barack did nothing wrong about the Regan thing . Hillary said her favorite president is Regan

    January 20, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  9. leon

    I am an independent. My first choice is Romney, second Clinton.
    This country is in need of an experienced problem solver now ... revitalize the economy, end the Iraq war gracefully, stop the growing wealth inequality ...
    In a word, we do need CHANGE now! But I don't see what Obama specifically want to change, and the experience to change. To change something, especially fundamently, it is going to step on some one's toes and create a lot of haters. Can you pause for a moment and think why so many people hate Hillary Clinton? Because she wanted to get rid of medical insurance company and provide universal health care, because she wanted to be a partner to Bill Clinton and active in his administration ... Talking about change, those are frightening changes to some people.

    January 20, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. TMartin

    This is ridiculous. Relative youth should not be a deal breaker. Barack has the necessary experience to lead an American renaissance.

    January 20, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Dog Lover

    Go Dog The Bounty Hunter for president, Or Hannah Montana!!

    January 20, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  12. Mariann Pepitone

    Jeny 26: Where did you ever get the idea that Obama wants to bring unity. Since when? He's only interested in the presidency because he's part black and he wants to make history in America. Let him go back to Kenya and make history. He will not be president of this country because he will not win the nomination. I stated that Obama would not win Nevada, Texas, Airzona and California. If he wins in South Carolina he should be happy because he's not going to win too many more. Obama doesn't have the capabilities to run this country. It takes good intelligence and experience and he has neither. He shouldn't have been running in the first place. He hasn't been a senator long enough to become president. but he wants to make history badly. Too bad because it will not be.

    January 20, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  13. Marcus, Independence MO

    Here's the funny thing Latino's really think that their vote is going to matter. It won't w/o the BLACK vote. The nomination is nothing without that 90% block, yes 90% of blacks vote the same in general elections. The majority of Latinos that are here aren't legal so stop touting your own horn. Besides you're not going to take huge states depending on the Latino vote it's never proven reliable the BLACK vote has. What's funny to me and other African Americans is that the other democrats believe that they can alienate the base (African Americans) of the party. That's stupid because I know so many BLACKS who won't vote for Hillary because of this or who will out of spite vote Republican. Watch your words on this post. If we switched sides the Republicans could dominate for the next half century. I can't believe how quickly the democratic party is trying to dismiss, divide, and destroy its most reliable, loyal, and giving group. Maybe Latinos are right they will make history as the minority group that replaces blacks in the democratic party. I look forward to the rivalry.

    January 20, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Gem

    LOL!! Go Hillary – you are the only candidate that can save this country with your 35 years of experience.... Um...Where exactly did you get that experience?Hmmmm, lets see, you were an attorney, wife of a govenor, then wife of a president...then a NY Senator for a couple or so years.....
    Oh yes, and you care for Hispanics, blacks, working women and poverty stricken folks, right?! Exactly how do you care for them and what have you done?
    One more thing; if Chelse decided to hook up with a young man not of the white orgin, you'd be ok with that right, because that's just the kinda gal you are!

    January 20, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  15. A.J.

    I AM A FAITHFUL WATCHER OF CNN – BUT WHY IS IT THAT EVERY TIME I SEND AN EMAIL IT DOES NOT GET POSTED? I THINK THAT IS PRETTY UNFAIR! MAYBE I SHOULD BE A FAITHFUL WATCHER OF ANOTHER CHANNEL.!

    January 20, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. veronica

    Another black celebrity has come out for Obama?
    Everyone I know is really getting tired of the race card Obama plays with all the black celebrities and black politicians endorsing him simply because he is black.
    It is very divisive.
    If he's the nominee, I will vote for McCain–and I have never voted for a Republican ever before.

    January 20, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  17. Joe 1972

    I think whoever the potus is it should be a dem not a republican

    January 20, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  18. Sam in PA

    OH MY GOD!

    HOW ANNOYING IS IT TO HEAR WHITE AMERICANS CLAIM THAT BLACK FOLKS ARE ONLY VOTING FOR OBAMA BECAUSE HE IS BLACK!!!

    If people would take a step back and reflect upon the "black vote" they'd see that african-americans have a legacy of voting for white candidates! Honestly, have we ever been given an alternative?

    Whites have always voted for white candidates in like fashion, because their hasn't been an alternative.

    It is so unfair & inaccurate to say the Blacks are only voting for Obama because of the color of his skin! I voted for Clinton in 96', Bush in '00, and Kerry in '04...I am supporting Obama in '08. What does my voting record say about me?

    Also, why is it that Whites are never accused of NOT voting for Obama because he's black? Or why are women never criticized for their support of Hillary?

    This poisonous rhetoric only divides are nation, and it needs to STOP!

    January 20, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  19. Marcus, Independence MO

    MY CREDITIALS. Hey 1971 guy . Where are you getting your information? I'm a political science major and I can tell you that none of your facts are correct. BLACKS don't vote race if that were the case than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Alan Keyes( A Republican) would all have been very viable candiadates but they could never carry the confidence of other African Americans because they were viewed as divisive. Secondly since you're soooooo smart here's a fact Asians don't VOTE the same Japanese are predominantly Republicans because of their upward mobility, Some East Indians are, Vietnamese and Cambodians are democrats. In America there are at least 20 different Asian groups that come from varying social economic countries. And no the language is not all Chinese. That's why Asians aren't very unified. In India they speak at least 20 different languages. Did you know that 1971 guy? And let's get another thing straight Mexicans and Latinos are not the same thing. Latinos don't all vote the same. Hmmm did you know that Domincans are BLACK or mixed with ??? Did you know that Cubans are BLACK or mixed with??? Did you know that Haitians are Black??? Brazilians are mostly BLACK??? Most of the Caribbean were SLAVE/ Sugar plantations. This Latino unity arguement assumes that every Latino will side with Mexicans, who constitute the majority of illegal immigrants, they won't. You and all the Mexicans that keep posting on here hoping Hillary will win, don't understand the demographics. Trust me Caucauses are different from votes. When the real election comes and those 40 million blacks don't show up or vote Republican we'll see. Because we are legal and in a battle of ID checking we will vote Latinos or Asians under the table every time. We have already.Let's see 20 million legal votes, Latinos. Subtracted by the 5 million Caribeans will only get you 15 million votes against 40 million. Now I was never one that was good with math but I think you need us.

    January 20, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Dog Lover

    Dog The Bounty Hunter for president!!! or Hannah Montana

    January 20, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Nita

    Marcus Ind MO: I beg to differ on your comment about latin americans. The majority of the latinos are here legally. Sir what you fail to understand it just wasn't the 63% hispanics who voted for Clinton – it was also the women. You're right that the latinos cantt go it alone – but they come with the other supporting minorities and they come with women. You're probably also right that some african americans won't vote for Clinton. But I can tell you many will. Just like Dr. Calvin O. Butts III who just endorsed Clinton. It should not be about race. It should not be about gender it's about who is ready. Don't be hating on the latinos for voting for Clinton. We knew they would. They have a history and they will not forget what she has done.

    January 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  22. T Mitchell

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008!

    I still can't figure out who is running, Bill or Hillary. She obviously can't handle her own campaign and we already know she can't handle her out-of-control husband, yet she want's us to believe that she can be a competent president. Why does she rely on Bill to do her dirty work for her. It's because she really is not qualified and is playing the Former first-lady card. All the while, she has done nothing to change the way government or politics has been run during the last 35 years that he has been on the public dime. No more recycled politicos, we desperately need someone that will do what they say they will do and not what they think will get them elected again, and again, and again, and again.........

    January 20, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  23. kobe

    i honestly hope that,hispanics are not voting for barack because of some policy differences but if they are not voting for him out of malice then they should have in mind that a win for a minority in this country is a win for all small people.Today is obama's turn tomorrow is gonna be miguel!!!think people think!!same stupid mentality that made black africans sold out their people!!when will it end?i know it will be a miracle of biblical proportions for barack to be president because to many like the clintons the status quo is good enough.you stay there and we'll feed you!!!for as long as you don't try to feed yourself!!!

    January 20, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. natouche

    CNN, I'm really disappointed that you didn't post my earlier message.

    When Bill Clinton was a presidentiel candidate, Oprah was campaigning for him and he was always on her shows. Now that Oprah is backing OBAMA, it become's a race issue and she is portrayed as the devil.

    Oprah gave lots of money like many other americans for Clinton's campaigns but don't blame people for not backing Hillary this time around. The Clintons had their time, now you guys need change, a person capable of changing the image of America on the international scene.

    Whenever CNN posts an article about a celebrity backing OBAMA, the lashing starts. So all the black people who helped Bill Clinton get elected are now evils because they are not backing his wife? Are they racists because they are backing OBAMA who is half white, half black. What about the blacks who back John Edwards???

    If the race was between John Edwards and Hillary, it wouldn't be the same, IT JUST HAPPENED THAT SHE IS UP AGAINST A CANDIDATE WHOM SHE DIDN'T EXPECT TO DO SO WELL.

    Hillay Clinton is NOT Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton is NOT Bill Clinton.

    Vote for the best candidate.

    Vote for Hillary if you think that she will do a good Job for the American people not because she is Bill Clinton's wife.

    Vote for OBAMA because you believe and feel that he can change the state of the Systeme, bring the Americans together.

    Vote for John Edwards because you think that he can do something.

    GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT, inform yourself, read, read, read, because an informed person is a free person. Read about what OBAMA has done and is offering. Because if you don't know him, educate yourself and find out about him. You all already know John Edwards and Hillary Clinton so educate yourself and be a free individual.

    You are all democrates so how can you hate OBAMA so much?

    You guys are not very United at the Moment.

    Good Luck to the United States of America

    January 20, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  25. JohnS

    When the Dems lose to the Republicans in the general election, by putting Hillary out there as the nominee, and the following scenarios develop, it will be those same people (women, in particular) who will be complaining if their men refuse to go out there are clean up the mess. Imagine another Republican president in the White House, what do we think is going to happen:

    1. Rowe vs. Wade will be toasted– history. Our young daughters will go back to the dark ages. Women's rights will face serious challenges in this nation.

    2. The rights of minorities– Latino/Latina, Blacks and so on will be reversed gradually. People should think seriously about these serious ramifications.

    3. The gap between the rich and the middle class will even get wider.

    4. Why not anticipate another war? Indeed, the Republicans are good at it; so we should expect them to wage another war soon. People tend to do what they are good at!!

    Alternatively, even if Hillary is elected president(?) which I seriously question, then what?
    1. Will the House and Senate actually spread the RED CARPET for Hillary to do what she wants, or should the nation brace for more and more conflicts? Think about how they tinkerered with strong Bill!!! Hillary, well look at her emotional breakdown in NH.

    2. What about the call for Bill's archives to be opened after the elections; what could be so damaging to Hillary that she would immediately become a lame duck president?

    3. How will Bill behave in the White House with those young interns? I am glad that my sister is wiser than this; never a Clinton supporter following the history of the Clinton's in the White House. There is NO second chance here!

    I sincerely hope the Dems, now that they have the backings of the Independents, and some moderate Republicans even in the House and Senate use "common sense" to shy away from the Clintons; at least for the sake of peace in this nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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