January 20th, 2008
02:10 PM ET
15 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. JohnS

    When the Dems lose to the Republicans, by putting Hillary out there as the nominee, and the following scenarios develop, it will be those same people who will be complaining. Imagine another Republican president in the White House:

    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.

    2. The rights of minorities– Latino/Latina, Blacks and so on will be reversed gradually. People are think if this as a serious ramification.

    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 one.

    Alternatively, even if Hillary is elected president(?) which I seriously question, then what?
    1. Will the House and Senate really 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 stong Bill!!! Hillary, well look at her reaction at 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 sincerely hope the Dems, now that they have the backings of the Independents, use "common sense" to shy away from the Clintons; at least for the sake of peace in this nation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. 1971guy

    Sbenton...look at the national delegate vote...ahh(NY/CA/FL) hmmh how can Obama win with that...all you Hillary Haters think you are so self righteous why don't you run for President; maybe lack of friends; ideas;

    Obama will never win!

    January 20, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. Tim

    South Carolina will pick the right candidate for president, blacks and all other races. They know who has the most experince and more substance. South Carolinians know that Hillary is the best cadidate for the democratic nominee. Hillary will be a good president for all Americans.

    January 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. Pat

    I see that the comments post are from guys, and I can see that you are not ready for a female President . Do you want Obama for President just because Oprah endorsed him? or because Usher says that he "represents" the youth? Oprah and Usher don't represent me or have any influence on me. I can make my own choices and decide what I want. Obama talks about "change", but he doesn't specify what kind of "change", he hasn't convince me at all. This campaign has become divisive just because of race instead of paying attention to what they have to offer to our country, our future, our children. Don't vote for Obama just because he is black, vote for the candidate that has the best interest for the country and for unity amongst us.

    January 20, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. 1971guy

    All the media does is cover Obama; houston TX – ; no one says anything bad b/c he's black and you'd be a racist! Double standards in the US are dividing this country; Obama is the leadung factor~!

    January 20, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. ciliziman

    Give me one GREAT thing that the Clintons have done in their 8 years at WH?
    Have we to vote just for her because she is a woman? Obama has to be seen as he is _ a candidate from a white mother and a black father and above all, he is a smart and honest man. He has to be judged on his ability to lead and especially on his intelligence not on his roots, because if so, there are so many good people who will be systematically excluded in a racism process like: Blacks don't vote Latinos, vice versa... is this America for tomorrow... If it is... then wait for civil wars in the years to come.

    January 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Sharon

    If Hillary wins the decomocratic nomination, I think the Republicans will nail this election- people just DO NOT like her for some reason and I think if given no other choice, they'll vote Republican.

    January 20, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  8. Sharon

    I'm so sick of people saying Barak made this about race. Barak nor anybody else doesn't need to be REMINDED that he's black! Duh! He has as mirror I'm sure. What he DOES have to remind people of CONSTANTLY is that he's for the PEOPLE of this country and that he wants things to CHANGE. If anybody made this about race, it's another democratic party member grasping at straws...

    January 20, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Worried for America

    I'm reading about people being angry on both sides. That's the problem. We are all so angry. I honestly want the best for America. It's on a downward spiral. We need change from the inside out. There's a saying that people get the leadership they deserve. We as American's let Bush tear down our country for 8 years. Have we seen the light yet? Do we deserve Obama yet? I'm praying for our country.

    OBAMA '08. At least I hope so.

    January 20, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Wake up people, this page seem to be coming from an individual, can you please tell me who introduce race, gender into this previously interesting election

    January 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Diane

    I am not sure if many of you were even of age to live through the Clinton years, but it was one thing after the other, the economy happened to be good because it is always on a cycle of good and bad. The dot.com just happened to be Clinton's boom. I would like for someone to tell me exactly what the Clinton's did for the nation and be specific. They had 8 years to do something about healthcare. Everyone and Hillary keep talking about her 35 years – does being a first lady qualify as "experience" in my opinion, no. I voted for Bill Clinton twice and will not vote for Hillary. I am voting on who I think has the "best" kind of experience. Obama has had more legislative experience and has always brought people together through his community organizing etc. But, most of all he has excellent judgement. If anyone does not follow the rhetoric of the candidates closely – not the media but C-SPAN they will see that literally all the candidates have been following him – he is the one that started talking about "we" the American people as part of the government instead of the egotistical "I". He is the one that has been talking about change, and that started with his book "The Audacity of Hope" which was written a few years ago. Come on folks when I look at both sides of the aisle he is absolutely the best candidate. All you have to do is look at the caliber of the folks that are backing him and the BET Billionaire that is backing the Clinton's. They were a breath of fresh air in "their time" and are now simply part of the machine and are similar to Karl Rove. If you think the Clinton's can do something about healthcare – look at see who she has taken money from. I know it is hard to change candidates after you are heartfelt for one, but just try to really open your eyes and not watch the cable news, but C-SPAN where you can hear all of the candidates own words instead of snippets that get distorted. Sometimes I feel like I am living in a word that is similar to the one in "V for Vendetta" because we really are given a load of crap by the media and we have to take the time and energy to really search for truth and a lot of people don't know how or have the computer and research skills to do that. I challenge you all to challenge yourself and look for truth.

    January 20, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. V. Leonard

    All that matters is beating the Republicans.

    Obama can do this - blacks, whites, women, men, Hispanics, all of us should be aware of this and make this happen.

    Hillary CANNOT and will not beat John McCain.

    OBAMA '08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  13. Helen

    People wake up. Senator Clinton dream was to be President. She will stop at nothing to gain that. Remember her foundation is Republican. That why you see the dirty tricks she is playing. How many people forgot her fondation as a republican .She only changed party (DEM) to get Bill. She been in the senator for 7 years, take a look at her record and who she voted with. She keep talking about her experience. One question, How did Bush dupe an experience Senator as her? Wake up people. Senator Obama is what we need, NOW.

    January 20, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  14. Emile Parfait

    I love the Clintons but it's not Bill who is running.
    Obama is the One to lead this country now and restore respect that we one's enjoyed on this planet. Obama will bring the country together, and America will be America again.
    Please be part of it.

    January 20, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. 1971guy

    Sharon et al: it is always about race; look at your church; look at where you live; Asians stick together the greatest – largely b/c of language, culture; then latinos; then blacks then whites; Whites divide by soical economics NY City is a great example of this... blacks make up only 12 percent of US population; Asians and Latinos are increasing their power (look at LA mayor) People of all color vote on race whether you admit it or not!

    January 20, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Kay

    Yay! It warms my heart to see you Dems fighting like 5-yr-olds on the playground! You're right Republicans LOATHE Hillary Clinton and love to see the race card being thrown back and forth by all of you! After all that Republicans are the racists, right???? Who knew Democrats are too? White and black Democrat racist....doh! Progressive my butt! Keep up the good work, all your in-fighting will ensure our smooth transistion for the next Republican administration!

    January 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. walt

    I will never support Bill or Hillary because all they do is cry something is not fair or try to tear down people. She will lose people's vote because Bill is running the show and I thought she was running for office. If she wins people will vote GOP so she can not win.

    Obama 2008
    best chance to will again GOP

    January 20, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Phil Memphis, TN

    Diane, I have looked for truth, and can not find one thing that shows me Obama is more qualified than Clinton to be President. as far as health care, Clinton was fighting against odds but at least she tried to do something about it. You act as if the 8 years of Clinto are the only opportunity this country has had to fix a healthcare system that has been broken since the day HMO's came into being (which was what, 30 years ago?).

    i like Obama, I really do; but IMHO he is shallow (I am talking about experience, not personality), wants to shortcut his way to the oval office without putting in the time to learn and prepare, and he is naive. He will someday make a great candidate if he puts in the hard work. I am not a Clinton supporter (although I will vote for whichever of the 3 leading Dems is nominated).

    Go Edwards!

    January 20, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. lyndon

    obama screwed up when he complimented ronald reagan for "changing the trajectory of america." reagan changed the trajectory of america alright-downward, and we have yet to recover from his 8 years in office.

    January 20, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. 1971guy

    Obama introduced it with his croonies like you...Dennis, who are voting based on race!

    January 20, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. nikki



    January 20, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. gene

    Hillary has already cracked under pressure and early in the election season, now showing her "softer side". What is going to happen when things really get tough? This is for the leader of the free world, not class president. If the best the democrates can do is another Clinton,then once again the will give away the election.

    January 20, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. Jenny, Paxton, MA


    Dennis Kucinich won the IndependentPrimary.com poll (with 67.7% of the vote!), he won the Progressive Democrats poll, he won the Democracy for America poll, he came in first in the magazine The Nation's poll, he won the poll sponsored by the Democratic Party of Virginia, he won the Washington State Democratic Party Straw Poll, and he came in a close second in the California Straw Poll.


    January 20, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Diane

    When are the American people going to wake up? We have had so far 24 years of Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now another Clinton wants the White House. Hasn't there been enough corruption in the past 24 years. And you want another 8 years? More years of the special interests running our government? We desparately need a NEW FACE, NEW IDEAS, and new everything. As a country we somehow need to start over and try to get it right. I believe if AL Gore had won the election 4 years ago, he might have changed things and put us in the right direction. IF the Florida business had been on the up and up, I believe Bush would not have received a second term. NOW we want the corrupt Clinton's running our counrtry? Hillary is so fake and dishonest, I just cannot believe the women voting for her. And Bill, well.........The USA is a big farce at this time, and until we come to terms with this NOTHIHNG WILL CHANGE. I passionately believe Obama is the person to make things better, and until we get rid of the Clinton's we will just have the same old, same old. Another 8 years of going further down the tubes worse than we are now. COME ALIVE PEOPLE! Look at Nevada's vote yesterday. Another example of the Clinton bunch. Dirty politics!!!

    January 20, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Thomas - Reno, NV

    1971Guy... I can't wait to hear your comments when Barack takes New York. If her state won't vote for her... who will?

    January 20, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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