Eddie Vedder rejected Mitt Romney's recent characterization
of 47 percent of Americans as people who see themselves as victims
who don't pay income taxes. "It's very upsetting to hear a presidential
candidate be so easily dismissive of such a ginormous amount of
the population," Vedder said yesterday at a fundraiser for President
Obama in Tampa, Florida, according to a pool report passed along
by The Hollywood Reporter.
Vedder, who played a short set for Obama at the
home of singer-songwriter Don Miggs and Lisa DeBartolo (daughter
of former San Francisco 49ers owenr Eddie DeBartolo Jr.), shared
his own story of how government programs helped him.
Vedder then introduced President Obama, who thanked
the musician. "For you to share that story with us, Eddie, speaks
volumes not only about you but about this country," Obama said.
"That story captures better than anything what this campaign is
about and what this country is about."
Pearl Jam singer relates own experience
with government help
By Rolling Stone September 21, 2012