(CNN) – Hollywood heavy hitter actor Jamie Foxx tried to rev up Democrats and counter criticism that Republicans have the corner on enthusiasm at a party rally for Senator Barbara Boxer Friday.
Foxx implored the audience at the University of Southern California to get engaged.
"I need that enthusiasm," he yelled to the crowd, moments before President Obama took the stage on his West Coast campaign swing. Foxx waved his Flipcam at the crowd gathering shots for his Twitter account.
The Oscar winning actor-musician, who has starred in such hit movies as "Ray," said Democrats shouldn't forget the excitement of the 2008 presidential campaign.
"I was at the inauguration," he said. "I remember how enthusiastic we were during that whole time."
Foxx joked that back in 2008 Mr. Obama's name was plastered on everything including "soda pop."
He's trying to recapture that excitement to try and help Democrats win tight races in the quickly approaching midterm elections.
Foxx whipped up the crowed like a college campus pep rally: "If you're gonna vote Democrat I need you to chant with me 'yep! Yep that's me, yep!"
The crowd followed the script, just like the White House and Democrats hope they will on election day.