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Obama <3 Wilco

Updated 11:20 a.m.
By Perry Bacon Jr. and Paul Kane
CHICAGO -- Fans of the band Wilco can be assured Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is one of them.

"I love Wilco," he declared Friday night at a fundraiser for younger supporters at Lincoln Park club Park West, going for a "Shot in the Arm" with the hipster set.

Like Obama, the iconic Chicago-based alt-rockers have sought to redefine the rules of the game, eschewing the chance for commercial success and bedeviling record company executives in the process of building an enthusiastic, even cultish following.

Jeff Tweedy, the band's leader, also attended the event here, drawing fans of his music as well as Obama's politics. Unlike many of the fundraisers Obama has attended in recent days, where people have donated $2,300 to attend, this event only required a $100 contribution.

The band takes great pride in the Windy City, and local politicians reciprocate the feelings. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, is also a fan.

Wilco's ties to Obama pre-date his presidential campaign. In 2005 the senator introduced the group at a 20th anniversary Farm-Aid concert. And the senator and band appeared on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" together when the show filmed in Chicago in 2006.

Wilco headlined a "Change Rocks" fundraiser in Chicago for Obama last December, and at a February 2008 concert in Washington's 9:30 Club, Tweedy introduced the song "The Thanks I Get" as the "Obama fight song." It's refrain is "We can make it better."

A few nights later the band got the coveted guest music slot on "Saturday Night Live," but -- in a last-minute twist -- shared the bill with surprise guest Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Obama's primary opponent.

For Obama and Wilco fans looking for insight into their schedule, Wilco is currently on a tour that conveniently wraps up its U.S. leg in San Francisco Aug. 24, the day before the start of the Democratic convention in Denver. The band doesn't have another show scheduled until Aug. 29, in Ireland, after the convention concludes -- so an appearance in Denver by Obama's favorite Chicago band is not out of the question.

Posted at 10:44 AM ET on Jul 12, 2008  | Category:  The Green Zone
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Re: Obama Campaign

Obama Campaign should play a fair game. Your worldview that based on a neo-Marxism does not work for the United States and for the world.

Obama Campaign has launched a new campaign tactic in that he created anti-discourses about what he has said to cover up his own mistakes or gaffes; such false discourses about America are being disseminated to the world, creating more anti-American discourses that hate America.

Senator Obama, you said you love America, then you should stop this war of words.

Posted by: Premier | July 13, 2008 11:56 AM

I think Obama needs to find Alt Rockers in every state pretty fast:

Rasmussen now has it a dead heat...

Gallup at a 4% deficit for McCain, within the margin for error (hey Boston....remember when you questioned Gallup 2-3 weeks ago,because Newsweek had it a 15% lead for Obama?)

Newsweek now has it 44-41 Obama, also within the margin of error...what happened to the bounce? Went flat with Obama's move to the right...guess he turned off some of those rabid caucus goers by favoring the Telecoms and faith many ways can he have it?...a stadium full of people WANTING America's MOST liberal senator...Oh, Emperor you've changed your clothes...

As a small businessman, I'm thrilled...with lower taxes on small business in a McCain administartion, I'll be able to hire Democrats and Republicans alike... I may even hire baby Alex and a few exaltrockers someday.

Posted by: Scott | July 13, 2008 11:45 AM

You are so right,"Obama's 30 years insult to McCain." Obama is greener than the grass in America's lawn!

A stuffed shirt with no understanding of the American government structure, no knowledge of which policies are Republican and which ones Democratic. . . and the list goes on and on.

However, Obama's mantra for the past two years is that Washington politicians are all BAD, and he is going to "change" it.

The gullible public are parading behind him while their opinion of Congress has fallen because of this man's simple message which can be internalized into what ever they want to think.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | July 13, 2008 11:01 AM

The haters are below I should say, and no Obama is not a black supremacist, Illinois is not even that black of a state, and all those other charges against Obama are false. Disinformation is how the far Right attempts to win, not this time.

Posted by: Marc | July 13, 2008 8:40 AM

Haters above, chech em out, what a bunch of sour pusses!


Posted by: Marc | July 13, 2008 8:37 AM

I don't think Obama even knows how many members there are in Congress. There are 100 Senators, which John McCain is has 1% of the power, with the House of Representatives there are 435 Members, making the total 535 Lawmakers, making John McCain's total power less than .20%

Obama is Greener than the Grass in America's lawn!

Posted by: Obama's 30 years insult to McCain | July 13, 2008 6:40 AM

Who the F cares:

You mean know nothing actors and entertainers like Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, the guy who played "Cooter" on the "Dukes of Hazzard," and the guy who played the on "The Love Boat?" All of whom were Republicans. Is that what America's problem is?

Posted by: repub | July 13, 2008 3:31 AM

The "cultish" following applies to both Wilco and Obamabots.

Chicago is arguably the most toxic political sewer in the nation and Obama swims with the rats who inhabit it.

Nobama. Ever. Obama is neither qualified or electable. He does not belong in the U.S. Senate either. He's accomplished NOTHING there either. NOTHING. The Obamarama is a media driven illusion. The media will NOT decide this election, the people will!

It's Hillary or McCain. Country first, party second.

Come on Dems, vote smart for Hillary at the DNC convention in late August in Denver. Let's have an actual democratic process (gasp) with real ballots (gasps) and count all the votes (gasp). Hillary has already won the popular vote, winning more votes than any candidate of any party in history! Wow, Hillary rocks!

Here's hoping that Obama politically implodes BEFORE the actual vote is cast at the convention. Until then, Obama is simply the arrogant presumptive nominee.

Posted by: JP | July 12, 2008 9:14 PM

Obama and Celebrities, whoopy $h@t. Who Cares!

Seperation of Entertainment and State!

There are people who think this matters! That's sad! What the hell do a bunch of Musicians and Actors really know??!?! WHO THE F CARES!

Obama is a Black Supremist and if he would have actually had competition in his State Senate race there's a huge chance that he would NOT even be a Senator!

What did Obama do in that first run for political office?

A.) Registered more new voters than any Illinois State Senate candidate

B.) Vowed to never cast a "present" vote if elected

C.) Knocked all of his opponents off the ballot so he could run unopposed

D.) Ran with the slogan: "We did it for Harold, we can do it for Barack!"

(C) Is the correct answer!

Obama challenged the nominating petition signatures of the incumbent, Sen. Alice Palmer, and three other rivals,0,6468332.story

Seek the Truth, not what an entertainer says! If you don't know the truth and your opinions are borrowed, you're an idiot!

McCain 08' "Because there is No Other Solution!"

Posted by: Who the F cares! | July 12, 2008 8:39 PM

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 12, 2008 4:47 PM

look at obama's internet impact vs mccain's:

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 12, 2008 3:01 PM

He also loves FISA
Check it out.

Posted by: greenfun | July 12, 2008 1:19 PM

Obama would be smart to get an artist like Elton John to do a few concerts to retire Hillary's debt. He could speak before and after the concert.

Posted by: Jimbo | July 12, 2008 12:54 PM

Wilco does not just play to "get the girls"....all but one member are married and some have children. They're not a bunch of kids, they are in their late 30's and 40's. So theaz, your comment is just not true.

Love Wilco and Go Obama!

Posted by: deadendangel | July 12, 2008 12:17 PM

You mean Wilco supports Obama, I'm going to have to reconsider changing my support to Obama! In second though they're just musicians so they can get the girls and that all they know, so forget it, roger wilco!

Posted by: theaz | July 12, 2008 11:37 AM

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