Pearl Jam Activism (@PJActivism on Twitter) released a new photo of President Barack Obama meeting Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder and his wife Jill from back in January, taken by Pete Souza. Pearl Jam Activism tweeted the photo along with a happy birthday message to Obama on August 4th.
NBC News reported in January that President Obama’s visit with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was shorter than Backspacer, lasting under 30 minutes. The White House described Vedder as a ‘friend of the Obama family.’ The visit capped off Obama’s two week vacation in Oahu. The Obamas are renting a vacation home not too far away from Vedder’s home in Kailua.
Vedder played a set at a Florida fundraiser in 2012 for Obama, and has been a longtime supporter of his. Vedder told Repubblica (via translation) in 2009, “The night he was elected, I wanted to go out and dance in the street. The next day, Seattle had a rare day without rain, the sky was clear.”
He added that the people who had not voted for Obama were recognizable at first glance as they were, “Sad, disappointed, pathetic.” He added that he was disgusted when President Bush was reelected in 2004, “When Bush was reelected, I could not help but think: ‘Fuck you Americans, because you are ill-informed and base your vote on values that I can not accept.’”