Skip to comments.Stevie Wonder Obama Rally: Hardly Anyone Showed Up (Less than 200!)
Posted on 11/04/2012 5:08:07 AM PST by NYer
Cleveland, OH — Perhaps because of its last-minute nature, only a small group of people were in attendance this morning for an Obama get-out-the-vote rally featuring legendary music superstar Stevie Wonder giving a free concert.
The event was held at Cleveland State University in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 9:30 am.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “Fewer than 200 people showed up to watch Wonder perform a handful of his hits at the early voting event in support of President Barack Obama.”
The Washington Post reports that the crowd was only 50.
The Plain Dealer added that Obama for America Ohio tweeted its 34,000 follower about the event shortly before Wonder took the stage at 10:30.
Even though there was a shuttle bus standing by, Steve Wonder’s performance reportedly did not motivate anyone in attendance to actually head to the polls, however, although apparently many of them had already early voted:
” ‘I do a song. You go vote. You come back. We do some more music,’ [Wonder] said before opening with ‘Sir Duke.’
“No one left to vote after the first — or any — song.”
Stevie Wonder, who recently wrote a new song for the president called “Keep Moving Forward,” performed at a fundraiser for President Obama on October 7. He also joined Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, and Earth, Wind & Fire at a campaign rally on October 21 in Las Vegas. Wonder has also made other campaign appearances for the Obama-Biden ticket.
As a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Stevie Wonder has recorded more than 30 top ten hits and received 22 Grammy Awards, the most ever awarded to a male solo artist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989.
Do you think in general that it would be better for celebrities and entertainers to steer clear of politics?
I’m 55 and I wouldn’t go, even if he was paying me to attend.
As much as I love Stevie Wonder and his decades of musical accomplishment, I find it tragic that he chose color over character.
Did anyone tell Stevie the size of his audience, or did they tell him there were 20,000?
This shows that all these vote fraud laws are a joke. It would be illegal if they handed out cigarettes or cash in exchange for a vote, but this is legal.
can’t be bothered to see him but we do have Charlie Daniels playing in town here within the next couple of weeks.
Yep, 200, 2,000 or 2,000,000 all looks the same to him.
Most of Obama’s base, the uninformed, have never heard of Stevie Wonder.
He drew 80,000 in chicago in 2008 in a street rally for obama.
I would have went to hear him perform, then gone to vote Romney anyway.
Absolutely. Go to the concert, listen, and then go vote for Romney. BEAUTIFUL schadenfreude there.
But I think the reason more older folks (even those "of color") didn't show is that they expected the concert to be infested with hoodie thugs, and were afraid of violence.
Goes to show you what hangin’ with the Bama will do, don’t it?
I was working a couple of buildings over. I didn’t go. I did wander over to see how big the “crowd” was. My estimate was 40. I’ll accept 50 as reasonable, since a few more people may have shown up after my count. No way there were 200 as the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reported, though.
Stevland Hardaway Morris (born May 13, 1950 as Stevland Hardaway Judkins), known by his stage name Stevie Wonder
Well......50 IS 'less than 200'.
ROFLMAO! I saw the pictures. The Post is right.
50 is fewer than 200. LOL.
Love Charlie Daniels.
Love Charlie Daniels.
I’m over 50 and my office cubicle is within walking distance of this concert.
You couldn’t have paid me to be there...