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Posted at 4:01 PM ET, 12/14/2010

Obama taps Jon Bon Jovi for new advisory board

By Ed O'Keefe


Rocker Jon Bon Jovi. (Skip Bolen Photo)

Looks like all those years of performing for Democratic candidates has paid off: President Obama is tapping rocker Jon Bon Jovi to serve on a new presidential advisory council.

The White House announced Tuesday that Bon Jovi (or is it just Jovi?) will join the new 25-member White House Council for Community Solutions, a panel established to provide advice on "the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."

The 2009 Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act established the panel, which also includes eBay CEO John Donahoe and Starbucks Vice President Paula Boggs and Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin.

Jovi, the formerly big-haired rocker, is a well-known Democratic Party supporter who once made a cameo in support of fictional Democratic presidential candidate Matthew Santos on NBC's "West Wing."

More recently, Bon Jovi performed at Obama's inaugural concert and promoted the Obama administration's United We Serve initiative during his recent world tour.

But, on a serious note, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation has partnered with public and private organizations to help combat homelessness. The efforts have yielded more than 260 units of affordable housing for low income individuals and families, according to his spokeswoman.

Obama has tapped several other celebrities to serve on presidential commissions and councils. Yo-Yo Ma and Sarah Jessica Parker are on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, for example.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | December 14, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
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Comments

Remember when we had grown-ups running the government? Lord, I miss President Reagan!

Posted by: sandbear | December 14, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Community solutions? Perhaps white house solutions would be more applicable.

Posted by: boblusby | December 14, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Why? Because he was a second rate actor?

Posted by: mbrumble | December 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Last dying days of decadent DC.

Posted by: happyacres | December 14, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I swear this sounds like something in 'The Onion'....can you imagine if a Republican had done this?

Posted by: maddogjts | December 14, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

This piece should have done a better job of looking into the reasons WHY he was chosen for the panel. Sure, involvement in Democratic politics, but it very likely has something to do with his longtime participation with Habitat for Humanity and other groups like that. (I'm not a huge Bon Jovi fan or apologist -- I just remember seeing something on 60 Minutes about how he's done, and spent, a lot with community service in Philadelphia, where he part-owns a pro arena football team.)

Posted by: Janine1 | December 14, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's like a high school popularity contest with this idiot

Posted by: docwhocuts | December 14, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with Janine1. I'm certain that Jon Bon Jovi was chosen because of his philanthropic work and involvement with community service. A simple google search would help the reporter find out that he has a charity, the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, that helps build affordable homes and is working to help end homelessness. He also did a PSA for serve.gov and integrated community service opportunities into the band's recent tours.

Posted by: alyssa1 | December 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"I swear this sounds like something in 'The Onion'....can you imagine if a Republican had done this?"

Yes. Presidents have been appointing celebrities to various panels and public-oriented panels for decades. In the '80s, Reagan put Arnold Schwarzenegger in charge of the Presidential Fitness Challenge for students. This is nothing new. Sheesh, it's not like Obama put Bon Jovi on the National Security Council or the Council of Economic Advisers.

Posted by: Janine1 | December 14, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. I meant "various panels and public initiatives."

Posted by: Janine1 | December 14, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

OMG! He's going to be a community organizer!

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 14, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Bon Jovi and Stephen Colbert can put their celebrity heads together and solve the world's problems.

Posted by: alexandria6351 | December 14, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Just wait til Snoop gets this!!!!!!

Be hell to pay in tha hood!!!

Posted by: jackbrumbelow7 | December 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

WOW, now I feel safe . . .Bon Jovi advising the President !!

Posted by: genefitzhugh | December 14, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Just wait til Snoop gets this!!!!!!

Be hell to pay in tha hood!!!

Posted by: jackbrumbelow7 | December 14, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Okay! I can't apologize for Obama anymore. He has now fully shown himself to be an idiot with the appointment of this nitwit to anything!

Posted by: smithdo | December 14, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This is to sandbear, god no Reagan was one of the worst presidents ever and he was a lousy actor also. Jon Bon Jovi does a lot of good work and knows what he is doing in this area, these people are American citizens also and I applaud the president for doing this, John is grown up enough for me.

Posted by: llstudent | December 14, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

This is just plain crazy. There are so many behind the scenes people who have quietly devoted themselves to causes for decades. They just aren't part of a rock band unfortunately. Is the President that much of a celebrity gawker? Guess so. We underlings don't seem to count anywhere any more.

Posted by: bfcr | December 14, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

"I swear this sounds like something in 'The Onion'....can you imagine if a Republican had done this?"

If a Republican had appointed a celebrity who also has some legitimate knowledge of the task at hand? It would certainly have been preferable to appointing as head of FEMA a man whose only previous experience was being forced out of a job centered on horse breeding.

Posted by: zjvalentine | December 14, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe, rather than asking "or is it just Jovi?" why don't you find out... before you turn in the story? Your attitude is showing.

Posted by: contrarhythmic | December 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

My great uncle , who inherited land from his father, developed low income housing on part of the eighty acres that used to be a hayfield that he inherited. It also has a Safeway superstore, a laundrymat, and a McDonald's on the land as well as still retaining his father and mother's home. He did not have to start a private foundation to partner with anyone to develop something for the good of the community, he just developed the property according to his father's plans to help develop our tribal community so that we would have modern services, such as theauto garage, and a radio station which the Tribe now owns and operates after getting tribal members to be trained in radio station operation and communications. He did not have to be appointed to a task force to do anything to benefit his community, he just developed his inheritance to serve the needs of the people in his community. How much of Mr. Bon Jovi's inheritance or personal property has he developed to share with the lowincome or poor and give up his own land to use for the benefit of others and not even care to make a big deal of it or be appointed to a presidential task force to do so? All those lands that developers look at to develop are aboriginal lands which were ceded or seized by the US government without proper compensation to the aboriginal people who were the original owners or tenants, yet at some point in time they became the inheritance of the persons awarded the land claim settlement as settlers of the US, and the inheritance of countless people who now protest that their lands, farms or inheritances were taken by fraud and not returned, causing them to lose their way of life. I challenge this new task force to be like my great uncle and look to their own inheritance and lands to develop to serve the needs of the people before speculating on land to meet the needs of the low income, some of whom are descendants of people who have lost their inheritances of land due to fraud or theft or crime and would need to have those homes returned and their way of life returned to be able to be self sufficient again,in stead of stuck in some low income ghetto with no land and no way of life. The housing my great uncle had built on his land does not look very fancy or appear to be very large, but it meets a need of the community which no one else as business people or anyone in that community seemed willing to do,so he did. There is still alot of land around their neighborhood not yet developed and room for the community to grow, yet the only tribal housing project is way on the other side of the city going out of town next to an industrial site and quite a walk to get to the store or the doctor or the post office or any other sort of service, as there is no public transportation in that little town. So that is a consideration,to what extent the advisory board members are going to locate low income housing in their own neighborhoods or somewhere where they won't be seen or heard from.

Posted by: carol_olden | December 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I really wish people would do some research before they post ignorant statements such as the ones above. Mr Bon Jovi has supported charities for several years, Habitat for Humanity, Project Home, and in fact has his own Soul Foundation. He has worked closly with Sister Mary Scudder, the founder of Project Home and considered by many the "patron saint " of the homeless. He has not only donated over six million dollars to these endeavors but has put many hours of his time. This is not a vanity project for the rock star. He has recently opened The Soul Restaurant in Red Bank New Jersey, There are no prices on the menu, you pay what you can afford or volunteer a hour of your time for each meal. Families can enjoy a meal together and have a sense of community.His father is in the kitchen cooking and his wife and children are out on the floor serving, Jon? oh yes when he's home he is in the kitchen washing dishes. He also joins in with other New Jersey muscians and holds a concert each year for The Health Center in Red Bank. The money raised helps them operate a much needed facility for the poor. Oh what have you all been doing with your lives besides being parrots for "faux news". Being a Rock Star is how Jon Bon Jovi earns his money, being a humanitarian is how he lives his life.

Posted by: Carole_Youds | December 14, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Obama Administration is now, "Living on a Prayer..."

Posted by: jeffreybradford | December 14, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

How about someone discussing whether we need all these Presidential Commissions...how much do these cost the taxpayers?

Do we relly need Bon Jovi, Sara Jessica Parker and any other wealthy celebrity advising the government on Community Projects?

Supposedly, Obama was a community organizer, why do we need 25 people, with a staff, budget, etc.?

Posted by: colonialdc | December 14, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

The naysayers completely miss the biggest benefit of using JBJ and other celebrities--publicity for the cause. How many of you whiners would even have heard of this commission if it hadn't been for the selection of Bon Jovi to the board?

And before you start whining about this being proof of government being incompetent, don't forget where else famous folks are used...in the private sector, where they are paid quite well to appear in ads and commercials.

Posted by: ChrisM614 | December 14, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

So, if you give a lot of money to charity and have your agent set up a few foundations in your name, you deserve to get named to an "advisory board"? No matter if you don't know anything about an issue other than what you get told by the people you give money to and what your agent tells you. What a sick joke Obama is. Just completely pathetic.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | December 14, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

It is obvious many of you don't pay attention to who is actively participating and putting their money where their mouth is for the scores of unfortunate and hurting people in this country. Jon Bon Jovi gave a million to the effort to rebuild New Orleans for those who lost everything and had nothing coming in to help them recover. Just as Brad Pitt quietly sought architects and others who could design energy efficient green homes that could survive another Katrina to replace the homes for many of the low income residents of the ninth ward. With the designs that came in they chose the best and built homes for those who needed them. There are many who have quietly stepped up to the plate and are very knowledgeable about what they are doing and how to best help in their primary areas of concern. Just as George Clooney has become an expert on Darfur and Bono has worked in the relief organizations that allows him to speak to any group quite knowledgeably. I recall Bono appearing with President Bush, President Clinton and many others here and around the world. The fact that Jon Bon Jovi has demonstrated his interest in helping and has been doing a great deal of it without many of you knowing proves he is more interested in results than he is about recognition for what he does. He may have been a rocker but he is also a businessman and a caring human. That puts him head ans shoulders above many of you who posted derogatory remarks. The fact that Jon Bon Jovi is willing to give of himself, his money and his time should be applauded not denigrated.

Posted by: alaskan2 | December 14, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Bon Jovi is a great choice, a great humanitarian.

Excuse me but didn't Nixon appoint Shirley Temple as representative to the UN, then as ambassador to Ghana. President Ford appointed her as ambassador to Czechoslackia, on and on. Bet she couldn't speak a word of any of those languages.

The beat goes on..........

Posted by: samesther | December 14, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

It is sad that there are people who would comment about Bon Jovi before they would take a moment to cleanse ignorense from their mind and discover what this incredibley generous philanthropist is doing to better the lives of less fortunate Americans.

Perhaps if the ignorent might look at Bon Jovi's interview with Larry King they might have a better understanding....that is assuming that understanding is a possibility

He explains his philanthropy is far more meaningful than anything else he does. I would post a link, but that would no doubt be a waste. A simple mind is easily confused by reality

Posted by: joecloherty | December 14, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha! What a lsoer Obama is. This is rich.

Posted by: DaMan2 | December 14, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Let this nightmare end.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 14, 2010 11:47 PM | Report abuse

What, Joy Behar and Madonna weren't available?

Posted by: buggerianpaisley1 | December 15, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

It is commendable that the President has appointed a board that has the wherewithal and celebrity to advance ideas that would not be generated by his cabinet.

However, I would be further impressed if he appointed another board whose members are tuned in to the needs of the country by having more direct experience with the nitty-gritty of working with those who are struggling - e.g., those he organized in Chicago. There are thousands who prop up this country by running soup kitchens, substance abuse recovery programs, teach classes in prisons and jails, etc.. They have their ears to the ground and would have valuable advice for the President about how to design and provide bootstraps.

Posted by: willad2 | December 15, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

What timing!

Bon Jovi does not get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.

(Guess record sales and box-office ain't really where it's at. You've got to be good. Really good. For a long time.)

So it's Team Obama to the rescue with a fancy consolation prize! Thank you for playing our game.

Posted by: MGordon514 | December 15, 2010 4:37 AM | Report abuse

Evidently Bo the dog has a full schedule.

Posted by: techresmgt | December 15, 2010 5:44 AM | Report abuse

Folks, at least Jon Bon Jovi is doing something philanthropic -- with the millions he's made in his career -- to actually help the poor and homeless in his home state. This appointment was EARNED through Bon Jovi's avocation.

Do some of y'all just need to peck at people for no good reason? This is an example of a showman who remembers where he came from.

Posted by: Kathy8 | December 15, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Couldn't be any worse than appointing Larry Summers.

And anyone who would use Glenn Beck or Fox as propaganda tool has no business whatsoever commenting on Obama's choices re: "grownups."

lol.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | December 15, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Let's all stand by for the community solutions from a guy who doesn't know how his luggage got to his hotel room. Yeah, that ought to work. Prepare to be illuminated.

Posted by: ADNova | December 15, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

"Remember when we had grown-ups running the government? Lord, I miss President Reagan!"

I remember when his wife used to consult her horoscope before advising him! Is that what you are talking about?

Posted by: hkma | December 15, 2010 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Bon jovi may have been a farly lousy musician, but he has started new sporting businesses employing thousands, and run a mega million dollar business venture for decades. Republicons should love him. Of course they don't because he has a social conscience.

Posted by: John1263 | December 15, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

"the new 25-member White House Council for Community Solutions, a panel established to provide advice on "the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs."


First and most important, what is he getting paid for this?


Second, why didn't the President appoint the self-acclaimed savior-of-the-world Sarah Palin to 'provide advice' on how to fix the country's problems? I mean, Sarah's already got Faux News in her pocket....the two of them together can have the world's problems 'fixed' in two days, just like she thinks she did after two days in Haiti.

Posted by: momof20yo | December 15, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

the clowns have taken over...
house oversight is our only option...

Posted by: DwightCollins | December 15, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Remember when we had grown-ups running the government? Lord, I miss President Reagan!

Posted by: sandbear | December 14, 2010 4:41 PM
___________________________________________
Remember when people used to check their facts before posting?

A few members of Ronald Regan's Council for National Policy:

Pat Boone - singer (at least Bon Jovi writes his own songs)
Don DeFore - actor
Clifford Barker - Chairman, John Birch Society
Robert K. Brown - mercenary soldier
Bob Jones III - founder whites-only Bob Jones Bible College
Jack Abramoff - convicted felon
Edwin Meese - convicted felon
Oliver North - convicted felon
Tom Delay - convicted felon

Posted by: Lefty_ | December 15, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

jeffreybradford wrote:

I guess the Obama Administration is now, "Living on a Prayer..."
------------------------------------------

What a great comment. Way to go, jeffreybradford.

Posted by: Quaesitum | December 15, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Ed O'Keefe
I think that it's nice of WP editors to allow journalism students and those who think they want to be writers a chance to cut their teeth on articles like this. Just wanted to throw you a tip.
Don't ask your readers if you are getting the subjects name correct.
"The White House announced Tuesday that Bon Jovi (or is it just Jovi?) "
I really expected you to throw in a few OMG!'s or Like, ya know's?
I wish you the best in your studies. Let me know when you graduate and start working as a professional.
JH

Posted by: jharrisatx | December 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Why does he have to appoint someone that is wealthy and set for life? I am sure there are thousands of jobless and qualified candidates across the USA that could have been an asset to that committee. Just like Obama, implant more of the same stale wealthy in more power!

Posted by: darbyohara | December 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

To the journalism student (I like that reference jharrisatx) it's not Mr. Bon Jovi, or Mr. Jovi, it's actually Mr. Bongiovi, Jr. A proud name back in Sayerville!

Posted by: FulhamDC | December 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Good that the President recognizes achievement in all types of human productivity. I'd say Bon Jovi, the man and the band, have already brought a good bit of positive, constructive ideas and emotions to this country and in fact the entire world, where American music isn't blocked, anyway. Good choice.

Posted by: Paulie_D | December 15, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Things just seem to be getting better and better, Kermit the Frog should be his next choice for a panel member, we are in grade school. When does a rocker have the knowledge etc., to voice an opinion on government, just like all the Hollywood know it alls, they are actors, and Bon Jovie is a rocker, please tell me what they know.

Posted by: gerry11 | December 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Adviser to what, big hair?

Posted by: McSameChalin | December 15, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Great we now have a Czar of Bubble Gum rock.

Posted by: metroman76 | December 15, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Jon Bon Jovi used to be a drug dealer.


The Bon Jovi frontman confessed he bought and sold marijuana while he was a struggling teenager growing up in New Jersey.

He said: "I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much.

"I was entrepreneurial even then, buying quarter pounds of dope and trying to make a couple of bucks."

The 'Livin' On A Prayer' singer says a bad experience with illegal substances at an early age stopped him from becoming a user when he eventually found fame and fortune.

The father-of-four said: "Did you ever smoke dope that was laced with PCP (phencyclidine) and then have that whole summer of hallucinations? It was f***ing awful.

Posted by: bicbickel | December 15, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Jon Bon Jovi used to be a drug dealer.


The Bon Jovi frontman confessed he bought and sold marijuana while he was a struggling teenager growing up in New Jersey.

He said: "I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much.

"I was entrepreneurial even then, buying quarter pounds of dope and trying to make a couple of bucks."

The 'Livin' On A Prayer' singer says a bad experience with illegal substances at an early age stopped him from becoming a user when he eventually found fame and fortune.

The father-of-four said: "Did you ever smoke dope that was laced with PCP (phencyclidine) and then have that whole summer of hallucinations? It was f***ing awful.

Posted by: bicbickel | December 15, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Why not Carrie Fisher, are all these big libs and dopers, Obama included, the ones we've been waiting for?

Posted by: bicbickel | December 15, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

He needs all these Presidential Commissions becasuse the Kenyan doesn't have a clue how to run a township, let alone the largest government in the world.

Posted by: bicbickel | December 15, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

To "carol_olden." I am curious about the land your great uncle donated to your tribe. Which tribe are you talking about? I'm assuming it is a Native American tribe--was your great uncle also a member of this tribe? He sounds like a very generous man. You are lucky to have him in your life and your tribe--whichever of the hundreds of recognized and even unrecognized tribes--is lucky as well.

These days community development is complicated with lawyers, community organizers, citizens, etc. getting involved in public hearings. I personally would never expect celebrities to provide housing to those who need it in their own back yards in whatever exclusive and expensive town or neighborhood the celeb lives in. It doesn't make a lot of sense from the point of view of taxes and a whole host of reasons. Any low-income development would not end up being low-income if the development is situated in some expensive enclave. Your suggestion just strikes me as not being very realistic--I'm sorry to say. Who's going to pay the property taxes and all the other fees associated with that type of development? Subsidized housing these days is not that bad--at least not like it used to be. New low-income developments for the most part are actually tenant (and neighborhood) friendly.

Back to the subject at hand... Unfortunately, it is a given that any celebrity these days has to have a foundation. Be it an actor, musician or professional athlete, some of these foundations are in name only with the celebrity not following up or ever doing anything substantial with the foundation. Jon Bon Jovi is the real deal. It's not hard to find out about foundations because any 501C3 has to file papers if doing business as a non-profit. Many celebs just give monetary donations to save themselves from the hassle (of being a celebrity, I guess! LOL)

Some of the comments here are dreadfully petty. Are you jealous that JBJ has used his celebrity to help others? You naysayers are a ridiculous lot--my guess is that a number of you do nothing to help your communities. You're not happy with anything unless you're unhappy. Merry Christmas and God Bless You. Seriously.

Posted by: veritsca | December 16, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry for posting again. I'll try to use less words! There is community development going on in middle class neighborhoods but usually in apartment buildings where a percentage of the units must include low income tenants, such as section 8 individuals and families. Otherwise the development corporations would not be able to get any grant money or funding or even be permitted to build on whatever land is involved. Again, Merry Christmas.

Posted by: veritsca | December 16, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

"Bon Jovi (or is it just Jovi?)"
Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., on March 2, 1962)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Bon_Jovi
Lazily padding the article, are you ?

Posted by: rwjd | December 16, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

obama's all about the celebrities. I guess bon jovi qualifies.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | December 16, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

This is just hilarious.
I never read any conservative publications simply because I can't stand judgmental hypocrites which is what most conservatives are but this is almost as good as listening to someone who thinks that FOX is a news channel.

"Jon Bon Jovi used to be a drug dealer."-WTF?

"Adviser to what, big hair?"-HaHa, WOW! Clever! WTF?

"Why does he have to appoint someone that is wealthy and set for life? I am sure there are thousands of jobless and qualified candidates across the USA that could have been an asset to that committee. Just like Obama, implant more of the same stale wealthy in more power!- Are you really that ditzy?

You continue to show your arrogance and ignorance people.
Go listen to Glenn Beck and O'Reilly and fill your brain with the the things you want to hear, not what is true.
I'm sure I'll get some hateful responses to this and that the most hateful will be from the sheep who can't think for themselves, swear that Guns, God and Country are worth dying for and that Obama is really an alien.
Ignorance makes me sick.
Educate yourselves idiots.
Have a nice day.
"

Posted by: jharrisatx | December 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks to Ed O'Keefe for bringing all these nattering neanderthals of negativism together to waste their time yammering about silly nonsense. And for the news about Bon Jovi -- at last, rock-based initiatives instead of faith-based! (ok, ok, I know some would question whether Bon Jovi is still rock....).

Posted by: bdballard | December 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Bon Jovi was selected after the President's first choice, Kal Penn, declined the opportunity in order to begin filming Harold and Kumar Part III.

Posted by: pswift00 | December 16, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Bon Jovi is a good guy. But it is Sr. Mary Scullion or Joan McConnon, who got Bon Jovi involved in homelessness issues and who co-founded Project Home in Philadelphia, who should have been selected. Not the celebrities but the true inspirers should be on this committee. I am getting less and less inspired by Ordinary Obama by the hour.

Posted by: farhorizons | December 16, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse


This is just hilarious.
I never read any conservative publications simply because I can't stand judgmental hypocrites which is what most conservatives are but this is almost as good as listening to someone who thinks that FOX is a news channel.

"Jon Bon Jovi used to be a drug dealer."-WTF?

"Adviser to what, big hair?"-HaHa, WOW! Clever! WTF?

"Why does he have to appoint someone that is wealthy and set for life? I am sure there are thousands of jobless and qualified candidates across the USA that could have been an asset to that committee. Just like Obama, implant more of the same stale wealthy in more power!- Are you really that ditzy?

You continue to show your arrogance and ignorance people.
Go listen to Glenn Beck and O'Reilly and fill your brain with the the things you want to hear, not what is true.
I'm sure I'll get some hateful responses to this and that the most hateful will be from the sheep who can't think for themselves, swear that Guns, God and Country are worth dying for and that Obama is really an alien.
Ignorance makes me sick.
Educate yourselves idiots.
Have a nice day.
"

Posted by: jharrisatx | December 16, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

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‘I did the drug thing very young and wised up very young too, because I was into drugs a little too much,’ he says.

‘I was entrepreneurial even then, buying quarter pounds of dope and trying to make a couple of bucks.’

http://www.nowmagazine.co.uk/celebrity-news/244446/jon-bon-jovi-i-was-a-drug-dealer/1/

You've got some egg on your face there, jharris. I'm sure you'll be quick to apologize to everyone for calling them uneducated and ignorant.

Posted by: pswift00 | December 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

What do you mean "Imagine if a Republican had done this?" Thanks to Nixon, Elvis was a drug addict with a DEA shield.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | December 16, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Yo Yo Ma and Jon Bon Jovi (Bongiovi originally, I think) and even Ms. Parker are all artists with long, successful careers; not "just" celebrities who used up their 15 minutes of fame long ago. If he appointed Paris Hilton or some idiot from Jersey Shore to a committee, that would be ridiculous.

Posted by: madlyf | December 16, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

WHAT????????????????????????

Posted by: treetopflyer | December 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Most of you commenters are ignorant. JBJ has participated in many humanitarian efforts in this country. The housing he helped build ($$$) in Philadelphia and New Orleans and his Food for the Soul project that involves feeding people who can't afford food are just two examples. Educate yourself first before commenting!!

Posted by: 18thGAmericanGirl | December 16, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

This poor Bozo has alienated and/or INSULTED every Independent and Republican and Moderate Democrat in the country so he has only the far left wingnuts to go to now. If he thinks there are enough of these weirdo's to save his "presidency," he is badly mistaken.

Come on, 2012!

Posted by: priley8104 | December 16, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

unbelievable!rumor has it that hannah montana will be the next czar of things totally fictious!

Posted by: kennemeier | December 16, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse


When did Bill Maher start playing guitar?

Posted by: AG11 | December 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout adding R Kelly, Snoop and Paris Hilton to the panel too?

Posted by: JohnnyBopp | December 16, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

pswift00
Thanks for proving my point.

Posted by: jharrisatx | December 17, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow.

Every single negative comment on here was written by someone who was already pre-programmed to hate Obama.

Absolutely astounding how effective the right wing propaganda campaigns have been.

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