Glitterati Get Out the S.C. Vote for Obama

By Nitya

Jan 23, 2008 7:35am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: "Thank god for all the beautiful women," Grammy award-winning singer Usher said when he took the stage at a rally for Barack Obama.

His first point may not have been on part of the campaign’s platform, but he quickly got back to the reason he came: to get out the youth vote in South Carolina for Barack Obama.

Usher said that Barack Obama, his choice for president, represents the possibility of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream, "he is the water that grows that seed that was planted."

Usher was joined on stage with two other celebrities, actors, Chris Tucker, who said he was a fan of Barack Obama even before he was a Senator, and Kerry Washington who said she talked her mother out of voting for "somebody else."

Obama took the stage as eighteen year old girls still swooned, with tears rolling down their faces for Usher, "I’m gonna wait till the, the craziness stops, I’m gonna wait till they get out of here. They might cause a riot," he said of his star studded supporters as they exited.

"Given the fact that there was so many civil rights activists that fought for the ability for us to have a voice, I will consider it negligent, I would consider it irresponsible, I would consider it taken for granted if you don’t take that opportunity to vote, because you can make a difference," Obama told the South Carolina Sate University crowd. Referencing King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, Obama said "Now he didn’t live to see that dream but what he did do is he placed a seed, a seed that has grown for awhile, to allow us to operate as individuals, to allow us to have civil rights."

Obama urged the crowd to participate in the primary taking place on Saturday. Earlier this week in the Palmetto State, Obama said they would lose the election if people didn’t show up, so the emphasis in the final days — for the senator — has been directed at get out the vote campaigns.

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