Obama is pulling out the big guns just in time for the second presidential debate. The president has tapped his network of celebrity supporters, releasing a slew of star-studded ads on the Obama for America campaign website.
At least five videos in the past few days have been posted on Obama’s campaign YouTube channel. They cover topics including early voting, gay rights, and the importance of getting out and voting (for Obama, of course.)
Rap mogul Jay- Z, long-time supporter and friend of the Obamas, released a special wed ad supporting the president called “The Power of Our Voice.” The ad which plays upon the importance of an individual’s voice and vote shows clips of Jay-Z’s “Made in America Festival” in early September where the rapper stood on stage as Jumbotrons of the president’s face touted the success of Jay-Z and others who “worked hard, learned from their mistakes and just plain refused to quite.”
The most celeb-filled ad, titled “LGBT Americans for Obama,” shows vocal celebrities from the LGBT community such as Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (“Modern Family”) and Chaz Bono, touting the advancements Obama has made for the LGBT community as well as being the first U.S. President to openly support gay marriage.
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Though the ads are sensitive in nature, displaying personal accounts of struggles as members of the gay community, a subtle jab at the president’s Republican contender, Mitt Romney was not to be left out.
“You know all it takes is someone like Mitt Romney in the White House,” Lynch says, “and we can roll back rights, we can lose them.”
This ad is just one of five released yesterday on the official Barack Obama YouTube channel. Ricky Martin, Ashley Judd, Billy Jean King and Jay-Z have also contributed to the Obama for America-funded web page speaking about everything from bullying to voter registration.
“To me the idea of America is that no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from, you can make it if you try. Jay-Z did, he didn’t come from power of privilege. He got ahead because he worked hard, learned from his mistakes, and just plain refused to quit.” Barack Obama touts in the ad followed by Jay-Z speaking about the importance of exercising the right to vote.
This is not the first time that Barack Obama has had stars speak out on his behalf. Legendary actor Tom Hanks narrated a 17-minute Obama campaign film released in March complimenting the president’s accomplishments, as did Sarah Jessica Parker.