Friday, November 14, 2008

Barack Obama & Wilco at Farm Aid 2005

This is President Elect Obama in 2005 at Farm Aide, introducing Wilco. At the time, I had no idea who he was, but I asked around and the crowd there loved him...he certainly drew my attention....

Later, he told a news reporter that he had requested Southern Man from Neil and sat in a trailer while Neil practiced the song. Obama commented that it was the most fun he had had as a public servant so far....Obama is cool!!!

!!!!! MY BAD!!!!!
Correction on 11/14/08
I have been told that Obama may NOT have requested Southern Man, as I stated above and read on the internet (I am looking for an answer.....), and here is a newspaper story regarding Obama and Neil----

From USA Today, May 5th 2006:

Sen. Obama gets Neil Young's endorsement

OMAHA (AP) — Rocker Neil Young may want Sen. Barack Obama to run for
president, but the freshman Democratic senator from Illinois isn't having any
of it — at least not yet.

In his latest album, Living With War, Young mentions Obama in the song
Lookin' for a Leader. In it, Young sings of the nation's need for a new leader,
singing, "Yeah maybe it's Obama, but he thinks that he's too young."

The 44-year-old Obama said at a news conference before a fundraiser
Saturday that he had read the lyrics. But despite being name-checked by a
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Obama said he has no intention of running for
president in two years.

That doesn't mean Obama is dissing Young completely: "I'm a big Neil Young
fan," Obama said.

He and Young met in Chicago at last year's Farm Aid concert. Obama said he
sat in a trailer while Young rehearsed the song Southern Man.

"The acoustics in a trailer are terrific. It was unbelievable. ... It was one of the
best times that we've had since I was a senator," Obama said.

For his part, Young doesn't pin all his hopes on the Illinois senator. In the
same song, Young says the needed leader may also be a woman, possibly a
reference to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.>>

1 comment:

  1. Hi Marilyn,
    I was there, too, at that show, and I remember Obama speaking! Very cool now, eh? : ) Anyway, weird timing on this ... I heard last night from Jonathan Demme that Obama was in the rehearsal trailer that night, for the rehearsal of Southern Man, but that he was asked to come in, he did not request the song. Demme was speaking at the North American premiere of his film "Neil Young: Trunk Show," which is a beautiful film about our hero. : ) xo


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