Eddie Vedder Supports Obama, Helps Raise 1.7 Million
In the final weeks before this year’s presidential elections, more and more artists are coming out in support of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Earlier this week, Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted a fundraiser at Jay’s 40/40 Club and raised an incredible $4 million.
At an intimate dinner gathering in South Tampa, Eddie Vedder helped raise $1.7 million Thursday for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The Pearl Jam frontman performed four songs ("Rise," "Without You," James Taylor's "Millworker" and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World") on a mandolin for the 85 guests in attendance.
Each person pledged $20,000 to Obama’s campaign. The event was held at the home of singer-songwriter Don Miggs and Lisa DeBartolo, daughter of Eddie DeBartolo Jr, the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers.
Vedder had a little comic relief for the crowd and said: "I can't say I've ever played that many songs in a suit before.” That’s definitely true. Pearl Jam was more of a t-shirt wearing type of band.
The vocalist also made mention of Mitt Romney’s recent disparaging comments about 47% of the country. "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."
Instead of going to school, he took advantage of a government-run security guard training program that allowed him to keep “affording to guitars and microphones." Be believes that he was able to make his dreams come true because of the “ability to get the proper training for a decent job.”
He ended his appearance by introducing President Obama who, in turn, thanked him "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. That story captures better than anything what this campaign is about and what this country is about.”
The elections take place this November.
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