Eddie Vedder Performs at Obama Fundraiser, Calls Mitt Romney Comments "Upsetting"
Eddie Vedder clearly thinks you can’t find a better man than Barack Obama for President … or at least that he’s a better man for the job than Mitt Romney.
Performing a set of songs at a campaign fundraiser for Obama in South Tampa last night, the Pearl Jam frontman bashed Romney’s 47 percent comments.
“It’s very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of the population,” Vedder told the audience.
Vedder helped raise $1.7 million Thursday for Obama’s reelection campaign, playing four songs for the president and 85 guests at a $20,000-per-person dinner.
“I can’t say I’ve ever played that many songs in a suit before,” he said of “Rise,” “Without You,” James Taylor’s “Millworker” and Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
He recalled signing up for a government security guard training program, working the midnight shift and becoming a security supervisor at a petroleum company.
It was this, he said, that made his dreams reality.
“I’m an example of someone who never made it to university,” Vedder said. “I did have this dream to be a musician. I felt that this dream had an expiration date.”
“It’s very upsetting to hear a presidential candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of the population.”
Vedder introduced Obama, who thanked him for “for that unbelievable performance but more importantly for that story.”
“For you to share that story with us, Eddie, speaks volumes not only about you but about this country,” Obama said. That story captures better than anything what this campaign is about and what this country is about.”
Jackson Ripley would surely agree … what about you?
Who are you voting for in November?