Stevie Wonder Performs Surprise Concerts for Obama in Ohio
Stevie Wonder on Sunday gave a surprise mini-concert at a rally for Barack Obama in Cincinnati, where the singer told 15,500 people gathered to see the president that "it's time for us to truly come together and make a difference."
"When I hear someone talking about the 47 percent that don't matter, that's unacceptable," Wonder told the crowd, before launching into a set of his greatest hits, including "Superstition."
Like Bruce Springsteen, Katy Perry and John Mellencamp, Wonder has been hopscotching around the country in recent days to get out the vote for Obama. After the Motown legend sang at a rally with Michelle Obama in Miami on Thursday, the first lady told the crowd that the first album she owned was Talking Book -- a gift from her grandfather.
She said of Wonder: "I just want to thank him, as always, for continuing to grace us with his words and with his song."
Obama also paid tribute to Wonder on Sunday in Cincinnati. "There may be some folks who are still undecided, just decided you wanted to hear Stevie," Obama joked. "I can’t argue with that. But for those of you -- or your friends or your neighbors -- who are still trying to make up their minds, this is not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. It’s a choice between two different visions of America."
After the president had finished his stump speech, Wonder returned to the stage for an encore. He sang a few lines from "Signed, Sealed and Delivered" mixed with Obama's rallying call, "Fired up, ready to go!"
The audience cheered loudly as Obama offered a few dance moves.
Before arriving in Cincinnati, Wonder made an unannounced visit to Cleveland, where he did a street concert for a small crowd of 50 people near the busy Cuyahoga County early voting site.
According to the Washington Post, Wonder told the audience: "I would like you to commit to me one thing. I do a song. You go vote. Can we do that?”
The crowed cheered as Wonder sang "You Can Feel It All Over."
"Think early vote in Cleveland is important for Obama?" Washington Post reporter Rosalind Helderman tweeted Sunday. "Stevie Wonder about to play unannounced street concert to push it downtown."
On Monday, Obama will deliver remarks at his last grassroots rallies in Madison, Wis.; Columbus, Ohio; and Des Moines, Iowa. The president will kick off the day in Madison, where he will be joined by Springsteen, according to the campaign.
Obama and Springsteen will then travel to Columbus, where they will be joined by Jay-Z, who will perform after Springsteen and introduce the president. Obama will end his final day of campaigning in Des Moines, where the first lady will introduce him following Springsteen. The Obamas will then return to their home in Chicago.