March 1st, 2008
09:58 AM ET
11 years ago

Arcade Fire to perform for Obama in Ohio


Win Butler, of Arcade Fire, performs with the band in Australia recently (Getty Images).

(CNN) – Add a few more stars to the long list of celebrities lining up behind Barack Obama.

The celebrated indie rock group Arcade Fire will perform two concerts for Obama in Ohio on Sunday and Monday in advance of the state’s crucial primary contest, CNN has learned. They’re set to perform at an Obama rally on Sunday in Nelsonville, southeast of Columbus, and again on Monday in Cleveland.

The Montreal-based group consists mostly of Canadians, but is fronted by Texas native Win Butler, who initially reached out to the campaign to organize the gig.

Butler made his support for Obama public in January after the New Hampshire primary, when he blogged a pointed, if somewhat profane, critique of Clinton's victory speech on the band's web site.

According to the music web site, the Arcade Fire frontman isn't the only high-profile indie celeb to endorse Obama: Jeff Tweedy of Wilco and Conor Oberst, a.k.a Bright Eyes, have also jumped on the Illinois senator's bandwagon.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ohio
soundoff (269 Responses)
  1. Andy, New York, New York

    Oops! Wrong subject heading. Should have been posted under the 'Daily Show' item. Anyway, the more the merrier.

    March 1, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Jorge Dallas, TX

    Just another attempt of HE who shall not be named to be unoriginal (YEA WHAT SHE SAID, I AGREE WITH HILLARY) btw- I didn't vote for IRAQ? Well of course he didn't vote for it – HE wasn't even in the US Senate— how can he even say this as a positive!!!! How do we know that he wouldn't have voted with the other 77 Senators like John Kerry and Chris Dodd that both supported the RESOLUTION like Hillary Clinton— The likelihood here is for Obama to be in this group if he was in the senate— he would have joined the 77-23 vote. Obama has claimed that he regrets (in the Texas Debate) some of his other votes about not voting against a bill that was 98-0 claiming he was complacent… He who doesn't vote when it counts, when it matters… as a president do YOU want someone who votes along party lines or someone who you can trust to vote with what is in their conscience… Clinton's vote (and the other US Senators) was based on faulty evidence brought by the Bush administration and this point can't be underscored enough!!!

    SO ASK YOURSELF–Why are you supporting HE who shall remain nameless? it's hope? change? Hope for what? Change for what? You want someone who is only able to attack the Iraq war when it's convenient? (when he wasn't in the US SENATE, he was a state senator) as his only evidence being I never voted for a resolution (of course that's convenient from the State senate of Illinois)? THEN WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT— HE has nothing! Offers nothing!!! WAKE UP AMERICA— HE who shall remain nameless is there for change- WHAT CHANGE? WHAT HOPE? WHAT DO YOU WANT HIM TO ACHIEVE??? Yes we can–Yes we can what? IT's OUR CAMPAIGN? OUR CAMPAIGN FOR WHAT? TO TAKE BACK WHAT? We are not the proletariat rising against the Bourgeoisie…Yes CAN WE DO? YES we do WHAT???— if Barack is in the white house what will he do? Do you know? All I know is that he talks a good talk, and spins his wheels… and we MUST VOTE FOR HILLARY, a straight talker– YES WE CAN!! GO HILLARY 2008… AT 3AM I want the most experienced DEMOCRAT ANSWERING THE PHONE!!! HILLARY CLINTON!!!

    March 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. mother too

    I agree with you fully. I came here form Europe some time ago , and I am not happy with this discrimination against smart, intelligent woman. I do not find anyhting appealing on Obama, I just do not think he is that smart, handsome or sexy – as they often talk about him.
    He is more a man who needs to grow up, to get more experience in world, and work, who will not invite rock stars to election places. This is so out of right. Do not mix entertainment with politics. Those are 2 different areas of interest.

    March 1, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. Bubba

    Who told you celebrities are people??? More falacies...

    March 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  5. Hans

    I want to elect Hillary because she's a woman and i'm a woman too!

    what a dumb argument

    March 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. maxine

    Funny when Bill Clinton ran for office he was actually one year younger than Obama, he performed on Arseno Hall show, SNL and other young venues. He had Hollywood star power, most of those same stars still support Hillary.....Barbara S. to name one. He had no experience of running the counry, he had problems in Arkansas (personal and political), yet we wanted a change from George Bush and the Regan we have that same choice in someone with new ideas and a fresh start and we put him down for doing the same media blitzing that Clinton did.

    We tell our young people they need to get invovled, so now that they do we tell them they don't understand the issues...when did the BabyBoomers become our parents. I remember when Robert Kennedy was running, my parents saying the same things I am hearing now...he's too young, he needs more experience.......I say the young people have more at stack than our generation...we have left them with a mess...and Obama sees that.

    March 1, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Gary

    Like I said all glamour,rock bands and smooth talk dont solve our countries problems.If a American young are so naive and stupid to elect. a leader on that ,they deserve our country going to hell if he is voted. America better wake up ,cant you see Obama is buying you like your a product. Suckers. concerned Viet Nam Vet

    March 1, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Lucky

    Desperate Obama campaing now want to throw a concern.. Is that suppose to make him a more deisre candidate. Whatever! How dumb!
    I'm not looking for a cool president. He likes targeting young peope because they are ignorent and will vote for a cool kind of homie. Get a grip.. Go Hillary 08

    March 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  9. to: ml

    ml please refrain from being such a close-minded individual.

    Politics is interwoven into all facets of culture; music, art, literature. It's how many people express their political perspectives in fact.

    He's offering a venue for young people to get involved in the country they live in; isn't that what all you old farts want from the young demographics? to be involved? or is it only convenient if they choose the candidate you want. Otherwise they're just stupid teenagers that shouldn't vote right?

    Hillary brought on Ellen to try and buy her demographic (old old women) so what? You seem to be so versed in what politics are; isn't a large part of politics campaigning for votes?

    You sound ignorant , and as narrow minded as many HIllary supporters who would rather have a woman than the right candidate in the white house. It's sad.

    Why do you think Clinton is appearing on the Daily Show? HMMM???

    March 1, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Gary

    I ll bet Arcade Fire dont vote for a leader with no accomplishments and qualifications to be leader of our country like Obama. Sure they perform,They are getting paid.It dont take much to sell you young people to vote. Give the young people of our country rock bands ,smooth talk and dreams,they will sell their country to the terroist. The facts show what you would do. You sure dont vote for being smart. Is this what college does to our young ,vote for a leader with no track record only a broken record of speeches. Two things quarenteed in life ,paying taxes and dying .Wake up America

    March 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  11. ml

    very good comment from Tanya, Chicago.
    Most people know what is wrong with the world, this planet, the country.
    I do not think that Obama is fully honest. We do not know about him as much, we do not hear what he says behind closed doors, what he might be hiding from people. This whole repetitive thing about him " not voting" for a war is becoming old. This copy of Hillary's video is bad. Hillary's video is good, it does not talk about a war. His does -again it is about him not voting. Does he have anything else to say?

    March 1, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Jericho

    Don't trust Obama??? That's is so funny!

    Yes, the Clinton's are so honest and trustworthy!

    Please google "clinton truth".

    March 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. Barry

    AGAIN , HIllary is conveniently appearing on the Daily Show, whose demographics are largely young college kids a day before the Primaries. hmm???? Why not bash her for mixing entertainment and politics?

    March 1, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. Rowena

    I see a lot of sour grapes here. It doesn't say much for Democrats. Some of us prefer Hillary, some prefer Obama. You don't have to try to verbally beat each other up over it. We have two good candidates. Pick the one you prefer, but show some respect to the other, and each other. Enough complaining and carping, it only creates division.

    March 1, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. jd

    good! Obama / 08

    March 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. J.P.

    The Arcade Fire have always been outspoken for change, for breaking the status quo, for diversity. They are intelligent and talented and they are one of the very best acts today, perhaps of this latest generation of music.

    Where the Arcade Fire puts their support should be noted and valued.

    It's inconceivable that there are even a few people posting here can begrudge a movement that is positive, that is about taking responsibility, and coming together to make this country a better place to live. Obama attracts people because he is authentic, not phony. No one is being bought– this is voluntary, this is needed, this is important.

    March 1, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Matilsky NY

    Obama 08'

    March 1, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. NW

    I was reading a TIME magazine article online today and I just wanted to share something that I thought was so profound:

    "Experience never exists in isloation; it always a factor that coexists with the temperment, training, background, spiritual outlook and a host of other factors. Character is your magic word it seems to me-not just what they've done but how they've done it and what they have learned from doing it. Experience gets value from the person who has it. In certain lives it goes a long way. Some people ripen through years of government service, others spoil on the vine" (presidential historian Richard Norton Smith).

    James Baker adds, "There is no such thing as presidential experience outside of the job itself. The quality we ought to seek is leadership."

    These are two very good reasons I CANNOT vote for HRC. She has spolied on the vine. There have been one too many lawsuits, claims of fraud, and shady political practices in her 35 years of service. There have been too many tempermental outbursts and lies in the last few weeks. That is not who I want to answer the phone. She has NOT had any experience because she has not been in that position. Being the president's wife does not amount to foreign policy experience or experience running a country. Would Laura Bush or any other first lady so arrogantly claim such experience? I do not think so. And if spouses count as they seem to in HRC's mind, then Michelle Obama is equally an expert in the matters of health care as her job attests.

    March 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. JD

    I've been reading the comments on the CNN Political Ticker Blog for a while now and it never ceases to blow my mind the things I read on here.

    Horrible grammar and spelling aside, the thing that really gets me is how everyone seems to treat Obama and Clinton like they are a sports team. "YOU GO GIRL! GO HILLARY!"..."GO OBAMA GO!" people sound ridiculous.

    We are lucky to have two excellent candidates. However, the only one that can beat McCain in the general election is Barack Obama. Say what you will about lack of substance...substance matters nothing to the majority of today's voters. That is proven daily in the comments of this blog.

    That said, at this point, it is all about getting the voters to the polls. If Arcade Fire will rally the young Obama supporters and inspire them to get out to the polls, then so be it.

    March 1, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  20. eleah

    sam, if you must support hillary, vote for hillary because you believe in her, not because you hate a rival candidate.
    vote from your gut; not from negative emotions. thats the way to go.
    obama supporters dont hate hillary, they like obama.

    also, note that obama was at greater risk of not being elected to the senate for his view on iraq, those many years ago.
    so, the man put his political life at risk in order to hold a view that was unpopular at the time.

    March 1, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Cosmic Comedy Queen - Hillary is the Change!

    Free concert, heck I'd go. But support Obama, I don't think so! Too bad all of his sheep don't see it.

    March 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  22. Midge from Ohio

    Oh yea, I am really impressed...........puhleeez

    March 1, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Bob, Lyons Oregon

    Go Obama! and I don't even know who these bands are. One comment I read is that Obama is deviding us, that is not true by any means, he is uniting, its clinton that is deviding us. My vote has always been for Barack, but if hillary won the nomination I would vote for her in the general election, but the more she shows her true self, the less I am looking at her in the general election, if she gets there. I keep hearing about all this experience clinton has, but I have not seen it either, other then her experience being first lady, and a few years in the senate, not much more then Barack. Barack has shown leadership skills in his campaign, he has also shown his ability to manage large sums of money through his campaign, and managing people, he has done well there too, he has had no shake up in his campaign, He has shown his ability to deal with negative attacks, as he is getting it from bush, hillary & bill clinton, mccain, huckabee, and the republican party and he has responded to the attacks very positively, and with style and leadership. With all the attacks he is getting from all sides, to me it shows, leadership and skill. I for one am happy to hear that he would talk to other leaders in other countries including our supposed enemies, as this shows diplomacy, and not talking to them has not done any of us any good in the last 30 years, or more, where has it gotten us. Its time to talk to those countries. His temperment is the right one for the white house. His experience is the right one for the white house, His ability to reach across the aisle is the right one for the white house, His management style is the right one for the white house. He will be the best president, and will do more for this country than alot of other presidents have in the last 40 years. My Vote is for Barack Obama.

    March 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  24. ct

    "Barry IL March 1st, 2008 10:47 am ET
    It's NOT only Senator Obama but his campaign machine that's unstopable......."

    yes, like a buldozer, or tank. Destroys everything in his path.

    March 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Chris


    Hillary supporters..if Obama were to have kept his tax return hidden and Hillary had presented her months ago. I am sure you will be dragging Obama to mud.



    March 1, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
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