Every four years celebrities, both relevant and not-so relevant, pop out of the woodwork to endorse their presidential candidate of choice. This year's race puts Romney supporters Stacey Dash and Lindsay Lohan against Obama's Honey Boo Boo, Lena Dunham... and most of Hollywood. But a recent pro-Obama essay from Arcade Fire's Win Butler may be our favorite celebrity endorsement yet, both for its thoughtful point of view and shout out to Canada.
Butler, an American living in Montreal, wrote an essay for novelist Dave Egger's Obama endorsement blog 90 Days, 90 Reasons, focusing on the POTUS' communication skills, which Canadians apparently appreciate:
"I am excited for four more years of an Obama presidency for many reasons, but the one I am going to write about is selfish: I want four more sweet years of Canadians liking Americans. The Republicans will try to convince America that President Obama being a good communicator is somehow a bad thing. Often times politicians act as if the only use of public speaking is trying to get elected. In fact, this kind of personal charisma is perhaps the most direct way a president can pursue America’s interests abroad. Being able to communicate in a compelling way, and engaging other countries as partners and adults, is in America’s best interest."
Butler goes on to contrast Romney's gaffe during the London Olympics -- the one that briefly made the special relationship less special -- to Obama's smooth speech to the United Nations advocating America's vision for the world.
We try not to put too much weight on celeb endorsements but Butler really appeals to the Canadaphile in all of us. Are you impressed with Butler's political knowledge or do you recommend the Grammy-winner get back in the studio and finish that upcoming album?