U2's City of Blinding Lights rang out across America as Barack Obama took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, USA last night to give his speech accepting their nomination for a second term. The intro to the song played across the arena, and across America on Live TV (CNN, NBC, ABC, Fox) as the audience applauded the Presidents appearance on stage. The first verse rang out, complete with vocals, up to "they're advertising in the skies for people like us." At that point, Obama quieted the crowd, the music was hushed and he announced his acceptance of the Democratic Party nomination for President.
Of course, this is nothing new. U2 was the very first act to play at Obamas inauguration nearly four years ago (Pride + City of blinding Lights), and then there was the time they consulted with Governer clinton in 1992, meriting this response from George Bush Senior:
So Governor Clinton doesn't think foreign policy is important. But anyway, he's trying to catch up. You may have seen this in the news. He was in Hollywood, seeking foreign policy advice from the rock group U2. Now, understand, I have nothing against U2. You may not know this, but they tried to call me at the White House every night during their concert. But the next time we face a foreign policy crisis, I will work with John Major and Boris Yeltsin. And Bill Clinton can consult Boy George. I'll stay with the experts.
But, you know, this U2 is not a description of Governor Clinton's foreign policy. It's a description of his economic plan. You, too, can pay higher taxes. You, too, can watch inflation waste -- write out your paycheck. You, too, can see the U.S. get used to 10 percent unemployment, where it was when we last had a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress.
I say forget this economic policy. You, too, deserve better