Posted Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, at 7:25 PM
In a new video posted today by the Obama campaign, Jay-Z sits down to stump for President Obama. The video is called “The Power of Our Voice,” and in it a surprisingly meek and soft-spoken Hova speaks to his fans about the hope Obama brought to the country in 2008, especially to those who had felt that their voice would never be heard.
Jay-Z doesn’t get into specifics, but the ad seems to focus in particular on young people and African Americans. President Obama, for his part, notes that Jay-Z didn’t come from power or privilege to reach his success—a message that is at once a gesture toward the American Dream, a summation of one of Jay-Z’s favorite themes, and possibly a very indirect reference to Mitt Romney’s own privileged background.
That last bit comes from Obama’s own appearance (via video screen) at Jay-Z’s Made in America festival in Philadelphia last month. Like Obama’s speech there, the slick two-minute video seems to walk a fine line between broad PSA to get out the vote and targeted campaign ad.