Obama Seeks Endorsements From Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend?

MTV reports that President Obama has “a wish list” of campaign supporters for his upcoming 2012 run for re-election and points to a document obtained by The Tennessean. The list includes, among others, Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z, The Roots, Counting Crows (?), the Band Perry (??) and a boatload of other celebs, CEOs, musicians and Jonas Brothers. According to MTV, the Obama camp has not confirmed (or denied!) any of this, so keep that in mind as you scan this random smattering of a list. Despite the image, Lil B is not on the register — yet. In the meantime, I guess we can start the #ObamaAtSXSW viral campaign.

Comments (50)
  1. While they’re at it, they could endorse Desperate Housewives and The Playboy Club.

  2. “get me…The Suburbs!” – Barack Osama

  3. So he’s no longer a fan of the National? But “Mr. November” was his jam! So confused.

  4. wouldn’t counting crows be ?? and the band perry be ? since the band perry is pretty huge in country music right now?

  5. I love how Oprah Winfrey’s “Job Title” is left empty. Because Oprah needs no further explanation.

  6. And Jonas Brothers… Lol

  7. “Run”… for 2012.

  8. Did Springsteen abandon him?

  9. The Roots for White House band?

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    • You’re adorable.

    • Can’t tell if trolling or stupid.

      • I can assure you that I am not trolling when I say that killing children is wrong. That may be a controversial position to take on a Stereogum board, but it’s morally sound by any sane ethic.

        If what I said really is “stupid,” as you claim, then surely you can deign to provide a counterargument explaining where I’m wrong.

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          • The counterargument is this: EVERY president is responsible for “aggressive warfare,” “the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians,” and “atrocities.” Name one president who hasn’t been, and I’ll give you a dollar.

            Now, Howard Zinn is a great author (well not really, he writes fairly poorly), and I have several of his books, but he isn’t a realist. I appreciate idealism, but reality is a motherfucker. I can’t quite understand the lashing out at Obama when he inherited the troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama couldn’t have just said, although he did promise so in his campaign, “all right, all the troops are coming home right now” and leave both countries in a giant clusterfuck.

            Foreign policy doesn’t work that way.

            Damn I hate election years.

          • @ Michael Ashworth

            William Henry Harrison. You owe me a dollar.
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henry_Harrison

            That’s a poor argument, to suggest that because people in the past committed murder, it justifies murders being committed today. It was wrong then, and it’s still wrong now.

            Obama did not inherit this foreign policy from Bush. Obama was in the Senate from 2005 to 2008 voting with Bush to keep the wars going. He has been an active participant in this neoconservative adventurism for the last 7 years. He has expanded the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history (!). He has expanded the presence of paramilitary contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been launching drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen resulting in hundreds dead. He invaded yet another country, going into Libya without Congressional approval. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been slain in Iraq and many more in Afghanistan. Trillions of taxpayer dollars have been wasted on these adventures.

            Obama can end the wars anytime he wants to. Those countries were already a “clusterfuck” before the U.S. invaded and displaced millions of people from their homes. They are certainly more of a “clusterfuck” now thanks to the U.S. military presence. Ultimately the people in those countries have got to determine their own future–our troops can’t do it for them. It’s time they came home. The majority of the American people are sick of these wars and want them to end.

            Most importantly, U.S. military presence in the Middle East and Central Asia causes “blowback” against the U.S. You see, when young men watch their friends and family get blown the fuck up by a clusterbomb, they tend to get a wee bit upset, and some of them want to retaliate, which makes it easier for “terrorist” groups to recruit more people.

            So it’s not “practical” or “pragmatic” or “realistic” to continue a foreign policy that kills thousands of innocent people, causes people to resent and hate us, and increases the likelihood that they will want to commit acts of “terrorism” against the U.S. Obama can end this shit anytime he wants. But then his contractor buddies would miss out on loads of war profiteering.

          • Okay name a president that was in office for more than a year, same criteria.

            And no, even though the President as executive has broad military powers, do you really think the legislature and supreme court don’t have a say in anything military related? Despite the President’s broad powers, the Supreme Court (under Bush) approved GITMO as not violating Due Process, the Legislature enacted the USA PATRIOT Act, and yes, Obama inherited a foreign policy that is completely fucked. Troops should’ve never gone to Afghanistan in the first place, nor Iraq (if anything, Saudi Arabia would’ve been the way to go, but they’re U.S. allies).

            I agree with you on almost everything you said, but you see things too black and white whereas I’m much more cynical about american politics. The U.S. is always fucking someone over, plain and simple.

            As the late George Carlin said, every four to eight years it’s “garbage in, garbage out.” Romney is the same as Obama, so nothing’s really going to change when either is elected.

          • A Stereogum comments section is DEFINITELY the best place to discuss this

          • Grover Cleveland. You owe me two dollars.

            //…even though the President as executive has broad military powers, do you really think the legislature and supreme court don’t have a say in anything military related?//

            The Constitution grants Congress the power to declare war and to allocate funds to pay for war. But the Constitution designates the president as commander-in-chief of the military. So yes, the president definitely has the authority to end wars on his own and bring the troops home. He also has the authority to halt the drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen.

            // Despite the President’s broad powers, the Supreme Court (under Bush) approved GITMO as not violating Due Process//

            The Supreme Court has purview over military affairs only after the legality of something military-related has been challenged and has made its way up to the Supreme Court. Other than that, they have no role in war-making or war-ending.

          • @ Michael Ashworth

            //As the late George Carlin said, every four to eight years it’s “garbage in, garbage out.” Romney is the same as Obama, so nothing’s really going to change when either is elected.//

          • i agree with you man, but most kids only care about pop culture and feeling good. it’s useless to appeal to reason

  11. Seriously Obama, no Radiohead? This list is pure crap.

  12. The only three you need to win are America Ferrera, because ‘Merica. Reagan Gomez, for obvious reasons and NPH because he’s fuckin NPH.

    Questionable choices include John Leguizamo, dude you already have George Lopez listed. And speaking of both questionable choices and Lopezes, you have Marc Anthony but no Jennifer Lopez but you chose Mario Lopez. Really Mario Lopez?

  13. I will need to verify this tomorrow as soon as Wikipedia is back online.

  14. So do I get any royalties for you guys using my pic?

  15. with the indie community in the palm of my hands
    i shall win the liberal hipster vote

    muhaha’s

  16. “Who gives a fuck about Barack Obama?” – Vampire Weekend

  17. If he was trying to court approval from Low, he is SOL.

    “All you guys trying to act like Al Green, you’re all weak.” — Low, “Witches.”

  18. I stopped taking that list seriously when I saw Rob Dyrdek. And Dahntay Jones? Dahntay Jones doesn’t even own a Dahntay Jones jersey.

  19. One would assume Arcade Fire is already in support for Obama, based on the article below this one…Arcade Fire, Jay-Z Perform For Team Obama

  20. Why the fuck would any music artist vote for a president that’s silently launching a war against protesters, freedom of speech, signed the NDAA, and moving the country towards an Orwellian oppressive military industrial complex?

    • No idea. This guy is more hawkish than Bush for Christ sake. I thought he was going to be all about civil liberties (as the Democrats usually are) and instead he’s a fantastic war time/pro big bank president. This guy is like the greatest neo con to ever exist.

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