Bon Jovi Flies With Obama on Air Force One
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President Obama was in New York last night for three fundraisers. Jon Bon Jovi, who attended all three and headlined the event at the Waldorf, was the President's guest on the Air Force One flight from Washington, DC to New York and back at the end of the evening. Some people (Obama) get all the luck.
Bon Jovi has been a huge supporter of Democratic candidates for more than a decade. In 2007, the New York Times wrote about his strong support for Hillary. He enthusiastically supported Obama when she withdrew from the race. [More...]
From the New York Times article:
Mr. Bon Jovi and Mrs. Clinton have been known to delve into issues like affordable housing and his work building homes with Habitat for Humanity in Philadelphia. But their conversations are not always so heavy. “She seems to really like to hear me play,” Mr. Bon Jovi said.
Mr. Bon Jovi donated $2,300 to Mrs. Clinton this year, as much as he is allowed to under the law. “I have no issue with a woman in power,” he said. “My life has always been run by women. If it wasn’t my mother, it was my wife. And if it wasn’t my wife it was my daughter.”
The White House said taxpayers did not pay for Jon Bon Jovi's seat on the plane -- the Obama campaign did. The fundraisers are expected to bring in $4 million. Bill Clinton was also in attendance.
Bon Jovi helped Hillary reduce her campaign debt and raised $1 million for John Kerry at a fundraiser at his home. For Obama's inauguration, he played at the Commander-in-Chief's ball as well as the ceremony.
He's got the best face in rock, even at 50. (I may be his biggest fan west of the Mississippi.) Here's one of my favorite Bon Jovi videos -- I love the message, the images (RFK, MLK, Jr, Princess Diana, kids in Africa to name a few) the words ("Walking beside the guilty and the innocent, how will you raise your hand when they call your name?") and the upbeat music. (Click on the full screen symbol to see the images.)
He closed his Waldorf performance with Here Comes the Sun.
Bon Jovi has a long history of philanthropic work, in addition to his political support, including his Soul Kitchen and building of houses in Philadelphia. Check out his Soul Foundation website. Here's what he said in 2005 about his thoughts on politicians and why he won't be one.
My favorite Bon Jovi live performance (other than the one in Denver in 2010) is probably the 2007 Live Earth show which had simultaneous concerts around the world. Here's Living on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, Lost Highway and It's My Life.
If you thought this post was going to be about Obama and the election, sorry. But your comments about them are welcome.
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