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Barack Obama Raises the Grateful Dead

January 5, 2009
By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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The remaining members of legendary jam band the Grateful Dead were not getting along very well.

Fans of the group, who are known as “Deadheads,” were concerned that they would never again be able to sit cross-legged on a concert floor as their favorite San Fran group let loose with one of their trademark hour-long tunes.

But now, no doubt to the Deadheads’ delight, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann, the original members of the Grateful Dead, have announced that they will do a tour in April 2009.

These days the group is simply known as “The Dead.” Interestingly, members haven’t toured together for four years.

Why the reconciliation? Barack Obama, of course.

The four rockers got together in October 2008 to perform at Penn State for an Obama fundraiser.

Three of the band members played an earlier Obama money generator in February 2008.

Hart told Rolling Stone that the Obama fest “broke the ice” and added, “We were able to let some of these skeletons in our closet just fall away.”

On another Obama note, the Creative Coalition, a self-described “public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community,” is putting together a Hollywood inauguration bash to celebrate Barack’s election.

The Creative Coalition 2009 Inaugural Ball will be sponsored by Pepsi.

Entertainment for the evening will include musical performances by Sting, Elvis Costello, and Sam Moore of Sam and Dave fame.

A slew of celebrities are slated to host the event, illustrating the left coast’s enormous adulation of Obama.

Hollywood hosts include Anne Hathaway, Ron Howard, Marcia Cross, Spike Lee, Kate Walsh, Susan Sarandon, Ashley Judd, Tim Daly, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dana Delany, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Krakowski, Blair Underwood, Wendie Malick, Adrian Grenier, Kerry Washington, Alan Cumming, Barry Levinson, Alfre Woodard, Josh Lucas, Matthew Modine, Richard Schiff, Connie Britton, Maura Tierney, Sue Kramer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Gloria Reuben, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phillip Bloch, Tom Cavanagh, Bradley Cooper, Hill Harper, and Peter Sarsgaard.

So many left coasters are expected to be in D.C. come Inauguration Day, the paparazzi will be taking pictures of each other.

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