Published on September 24th, 2012 | by Daniel0
Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam Raises $1.7 Million for the Obama Re-Election Campaign
Celebrities are flocking to the President.
Mitt Romney continues to undermine his own campaign and yet President Barack Obama has received support from yet another celebrity. Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam raised an impressive $1.7 million in aid of the President’s campaign effort. The singer was particularly incensed by the 47 per cent comments that the Republican Presidential Candidate Romney made and he slammed them. The singer performed songs from the bands famous catalog including ‘Without You’, ‘Rise’ and covers of ‘Millworker’ by James Taylor. He also did ‘Rockin in the Free World’ which was originally sung by Neil Young.
Fundraisers galore for the election campaigns
This fundraising event costs $20,000 for a ticket and was held at the singer-songwriter’s home in Don Miggs (Tampa-Florida). The singer played the gig in a suit and made a short speech in which he slammed the hapless Mitt Romney for his now-notorious comments on the 47% who support Obama. The story was covered by The Hollywood Reporter. There were 85 guests who paid the hefty ticket price. Eddie Vedder shared his story of how a government program aided him.
He said that he is an example of someone who never made it to university but still had a dream to be a musician. At the time he felt that his dream had an expiry date. He recalled signing up to a government program which led him to find a job as a security guard for a petroleum company. This was in his pre-Pearl Jam days. That job allowed him to afford microphones and guitars. At this juncture Eddie Vedder introduced President Barack Obama. The President thanked the singer for playing at the event and said that the story was an American tale of success. Mitt Romney has been committing gaffe after gaffe and even his side is beginning to lose faith in his ability to campaign.