Janelle Monae Performs for President Obama

Music

Vibe / January 18, 2012

Last week, Janelle Monae performed at President Obama’s fundraiser campaign at the University of Illinois, and the signer certainly left a good impression with the President. Not only did Janelle get props from Barack for putting on a good show, but she even got other world leaders to get down to her “Tightrope” tune.

“I wanna thank Janelle Monáe for her wonderful performance,” Obama said to the crowd. “Her whole crew is here. We had them at the state dinner and the Korean president and his whole family, they were moving around. They loved it. So music is the universal language and Janelle and her team are incredibly talented.”

Janelle also reflected on being involved with the Obama campaign and revealed why she supports the president running for a second term.

“I was deeply honored to be invited by the President to perform at the rally in Chicago at the University of Illinois at Chicago. It was an amazing feeling to be amongst so many people, young and old, black, white, red, disabled, all united, eager to help support a man who has ended the war in Iraq, gotten rid of “don’t ask don’t tell”- allowing anyone to serve this country regardless of who you love, made sure women were not paid less than men merely because they are women, doubled pell grants, given 2.5 million young people health insurance, and has created a law that recognizes that crimes based on sexual orientation, gender identity, race or disability aren’t just any crime- they’re hate crimes that deserve justice. These are all things he said he’d do before he was elected and did them. There are more important accomplishments that can be added to this list. I strongly believe our nation should continue upon this path, bringing justice to all and change where needed. President Obama remains the candidate of hope and change, and he will continue to move our country forward, bringing even more change if re-elected.”