Rocker strikes different note to help Obama
December 14th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Rocker strikes different note to help Obama

WASHINGTON  (CNN) – Musician Jon Bon Jovi has rocked the house with hits like “Keep the Faith" and “I  Believe,” and now that same sense of optimism belted out in lyrics is being tapped by President Obama to help solve community needs across the country.

Bon Jovi joins a long list of big names, including eBay President and CEO John Donahoe and Starbucks Executive VP Paula Boggs, on the president’s newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions.

“These impressive men and women have dedicated their lives and careers to civic engagement and social innovation,’ the president said in a written statement.

The 25 member council was established through Executive Order signed by the president Tuesday.

The New Jersey native, who has sold more than 120 million albums, is also known as a political activist and has long been involved in his community.

He’s the chairman of the Jon Bon Jovi Foundation.  It focuses on fighting poverty and homelessness and provides housing for low income people.

In this new role, the Grammy Award winner will work with leaders from non-profits, corporations and foundations, to help the “federal government promote greater innovation” and shine the spotlight on people making  “a significant impact in their own communities,” according to the White House.

Bon Jovi said he was honored to have been selected.

"I have seen first-hand the powerful impact when people from the public, private and non-profit sectors work together,"  Bon Jovi said in a statement.  "All of us have a role to play in helping address some of our nation's most serious problems, and I look forward to working with the rest of the Council to help out where I can."


Topics: President Obama • The Buzz • The News

soundoff (147 Responses)
  1. Voter from California

    The Obama administration is a joke, I regret voting for him and donating to his campaign. First Geithner (financial guy who can't even manage his own finances yet expected to help the country in the financial area?) , then other non-qualified people and now Bon Jovi? Wow, I hope the GOP puts a good candidate in 2012, because Obama is a big joke

    December 14, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
    • fayse

      That is because you have been brainwashed by the Republicans and Fox News who have been working for two years to convince you that up is down and good is bad.

      December 17, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
    • morphyous

      I hardly think you voted for the President! You guys with your self righteous indignant comments! You are the JOKE. God bless you Mr. President and Bon Jovi. People like you make the World a better place, with your selfless deeds and gracious manner. Thank You.

      December 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
    • poppy morrison

      Honestly
      If You've looked at the' LAME DUCK' session this(bi-partisan congress and Pres. Obama) has past more bills and has been more active since Johnson. Maybe you need to research alittle before you pipe off.

      December 23, 2010 at 8:58 pm |
    • onionval

      You're the joke!

      December 30, 2010 at 5:26 am |
    • Kare Bear

      Seriously? Obama is an idiot? Did you really think one man alone could make positive changes in the US? It is every one of our responsilities every day to make the world a better place. To much talk radio makes for an angry conservative, constantly complaining, but not taking any action. This is the problem with party lines, to busy pointing out what they see as "wrong" instead of spending that engry in a positive manner. A positive attitude is a catalyst that causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes.
      Happy New Year to all who believe in hope!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 30, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  2. mark e raymond

    Perfect fodder for a new southpark episode. Perhaps Jon Bon Jovi versus the CEOs of say a thousand mortgage brokers in a death match.

    December 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
  3. GL

    Great Move Mr. President. Keep the rich involved and make sure they help this country out for their tax break. Eat your heart out Tea Baggers

    December 14, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • chad

      Do you even know what the tea party means? if you had any idea, you wouldn'tbe against it.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
    • morphyous

      Right on !!

      December 19, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  4. Catie

    Bon Jovi is an interesting choice. What about Bono? Is he on the panel as well? He has been instrumental throughout the world for just cause. He would be great addition to the panel.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
    • Jean

      Bono is not a US citizen – he doesn't belong to any US community.

      December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Best news out of DC in a long time. Go Bon Jovi.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  6. Jilli

    It's good to see celebrity used to promote social good. If they're willing, take advantage of their offering to spur involvement. This country could use a bit of community right now – the constant bitterness and anger gets old. Channel the energy for good. They're working for a better America and should be commended for their efforts.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
    • Diane

      Let's be as out of touch musically with the times to match how terribly out of touch Barry is with America. Limp Bizcuit might have been alittle more "real" for people to relate with these days, don't you think so?

      December 15, 2010 at 3:11 am |
    • jazz92

      He is a good thing for our nation. Bon Jovi is a real star and we should appreciate him helping. Obama is trying to make things better. And it seems the nation's economy is getting better. Hi Sally-Did you get this.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:15 am |
    • Mary Donahue

      Wow stop watching Fox 'News' for your information and root for our country to move forward instead... it must be awful to carry so much hate in your heart for our President. You should be thankful that he's willing to look outside of Washington for advice and assistance. Times are really tough and lots of Americans need help. Don't let your party beliefs blind you to assisting your fellow Citizens. Jon Bon Jovi isn't...

      December 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm |
      • Mary Donahue

        Oops..posted under the wrong repy, sorry. This was meant for Amberlee...

        December 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
  7. Amberlee

    I'm so saddened by this great musician's aid and abetting of our inept president. Bon Jovi does great things on his own. Why would he want to align himself with a loser like Obama. Doesn't he realize that soon we won't have extra money to buy his CD's or attend his concerts because we'll all be entrenched in poverty and the screws will be in our backs from the long desired DEMOCRAT agenda of seizing the power, liberty and freedom of the people? Nothing but a bunch of people patting themselves on the back. Philanthropy is great, but not when it's teamed up with the govt. Things tend to go corrupt when that happens and favors tend to get called in.

    December 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
    • Deb

      "Doesn't he realize that soon we won't have extra money to buy his CD's or attend his concerts because we'll all be entrenched in poverty "

      If you were that worried about being entrenched in poverty....you wouldn't be typing such drivel on a message board.

      December 19, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
    • Scott

      Propagandist using newspeak. If you see any post using new conservative created terms in place of the original words, move on and stop reading that post immediately.

      December 20, 2010 at 6:16 am |
  8. Barry

    another pr job. Council for Community Solutions...sounds like the community organizer is trying to get back to his roots and prepare for his post white house job.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
    • jake

      yeah barry he will need a job, in 2017!

      December 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  9. Stephen

    Another publicity stunt from DC. The Starbucks rep will surely try to get a store on every American corner (that doesn't have one already). What do any of these multi-millionaires now about community needs? They are all out of touch with the common person (who is more than likely unemployed in America today). Pathetic.

    December 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm |
    • jake

      so why do you want to give them a big tax break?

      December 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Sevinsins

    Yes Jon try and sway these lemmings into going along with our agenda no matter how much the political system ruins their dreams and aspirations. The Rebubs and Demoncrats politicians haven’t a clue and are out of touch from there lofty perch to know what matters to us and how their actions and lousy legislation affect the American down stream.. Wake up! What else needs to happen before our eyes are opened?

    December 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm |
  11. Mitchell

    since when is bon jovi a rocker?

    December 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
    • AzJohn

      lol....what type of music do you think he plays?

      December 20, 2010 at 1:28 am |
    • Chad

      Calling Bon Jovi a rocker is like calling the US Congress effective.

      December 20, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • kay

      Bon Jovi have been rockers since they first debuted 25 years ago, as evidenced by the fact that they are nominated for the ROCK and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Just because they were one of the "Hair" bands, doesn't mean they don't rock. You obviously have never listened to any of their music.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:03 pm |
  12. Realistic12

    Really, this is the best thing we can do...appoint rock stars to advisory positions. No adult film stars available?

    December 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm |
    • jake

      Bob Dylan for president!!!

      December 21, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  13. John D.

    Can Odumbo be any more of an IDIOT!!!!! God , I am sick of this mans stupidity. Michelle can call twinkies Americas enemys but she cannot call muslims for what they are, and that's terrorists. Screw this administration!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Some one should tell her to look at her own butt in the mirror. What a BIGOT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm |
    • kirk

      You are an inbreed ignoramus!!!!

      December 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
    • tomcat3

      Reminds me of Oprah claiming she had a "wide following".
      The only thing following Michelle that's wide is her giant fanny!

      December 14, 2010 at 10:49 pm |
    • jaret

      either your brilliantly sarcastic, or a moron hipocrite, but don't you realize you are a bigot for thinking Muslims are all terrorists? its a very small % and this sounds like a good idea since a lot of these people on this panel came from the lower and middle class, a voice that is seldom heard in Washington, since nearly all politicians are rich lawyers that don't really care about anyone else.

      December 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm |
    • bob

      Maybe you should look at your own butt. Usaully what people see in others is what they don;t see in themselves.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:11 am |
    • Malucas90

      could you be any dumber

      December 15, 2010 at 12:38 am |
    • Notfooled

      You're on the wrong website! What does this have to do with Bon Jovi helping the community? You are the idiot. You just can't stand the poor getting help. Don't worry it's from non-profits. And even if it's not the rich got their tax cuts so what's your problem? You are just a racist. President Obama & Michelle has more class in their little fingers then you will have in your whole selfish life. That goes for your friend --- tomcat3-- too. No class.

      December 15, 2010 at 2:14 am |
      • YBM

        I agreed with you right up until you started speaking about how much class the obama's have. Then I realized you were one of his coolaide drinking sheeple.

        December 15, 2010 at 8:53 am |
      • YBM

        I agreed with you right up until you started speaking about how much class the obama's have

        December 15, 2010 at 8:57 am |
      • Notfooled either

        Don't throw your "racist" word out. That is just a feel good term for inferior idiots to use to make themselves feel good for their genetic shortcomings. Call me that name. I embrace it.

        December 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
      • Reality Bites

        I agreed with you up until you began referring to the obama's class.

        December 15, 2010 at 10:51 am |
      • Deb

        Ignorance.....the american way.

        December 19, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
      • AzJohn

        I agree with you....!!

        December 20, 2010 at 1:31 am |
    • Nodack

      Classy guys.

      December 15, 2010 at 5:19 am |
    • jeff george

      Oh look, trolls. Mrs. Obama has been a great first lady. Yeah, Bon Jovi's music sucks, but they're attempting outreach, which is way more than W ever did. Keep your childish crap on TMZ.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:24 am |
      • AzJohn

        define sucks? I use to think the same about Bon Jovi when I was younger, but now that I am older, music now and days suck! Bon Jovi has had some bad songs, but, most groups do. He wouldn't still be selling records and touring if he sucked...

        December 20, 2010 at 1:33 am |
    • darklyistheway

      "I am sick of this mans stupidity." I'm sick of stupid people who, while unable to write coherent, grammatically correct sentences, feel entitled to call the President "stupid." You may not like him or his policies, but given the fact that he holds degrees from Columbia and Harvard Law, and the fact that you write and argue like a 6-year-old, there's no question that he's much, much smarter than you could ever hope to be.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:53 am |
      • AzJohn

        I use to say the same thing about President Bush. I may of not liked his policy's, but, he is way freakin smarter than I will ever be....lol...you have to be smart to trick people into believing you to become president!

        December 20, 2010 at 1:36 am |
    • some emo kid

      Screw you, racist troll clown.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:22 am |
    • Jess C

      Not only does your comment have nothing to do with this article, but your hate does little to help America. Perhaps an anger management class? Bravo Bon Jovi for taking action unlike so many who sit on the sidelines complaining like this one.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
    • NVa Native

      Are you twelve or thirteen?? Go to school little boy.

      December 15, 2010 at 10:32 am |
    • Sherry

      Yep! In more ways than one. And, he's getting the job done alright- destruction of America from within.

      December 20, 2010 at 10:22 am |
    • jake

      Yes John He could be more of a idiot........He could be like george w. bush. that would be a complete idiot

      December 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  14. Topgun

    Jon, You should have said no........ Good luck on your TOURS NOW

    December 14, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  15. tnjen

    I got to see Jon Bon Jovi during the Kerry/Edwards bid for the White House. It is an inspiration to see those who have comfort, fame, and prestige giving back. It seems to be so often the case that those of tremendous means only wants more to be given to them aka tax breaks. I am a baby boomer with dim memories of JFK asking what not our country can do for us, but what we can do for our nation. I am glad that people like Jon Bon Jovi paid attention to that message. Maybe one day that notion will catch on

    December 14, 2010 at 10:05 pm |
    • jake

      tnjen lets hope so

      December 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
    • Stdabkrhwk

      Now people just say "How much longer will I get unemployment?"

      December 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  16. Time for another Change

    When will Obama ever figure out that acting like a celebrity and being the leader of a country don't mix? The country is more of a mess than it has ever been that I can remember, yet he looks to those in the country that couldn't possibly relate to the common citizen and our struggles that we face on a day to day basis. These people live in mansions, yet many of us struggle to make our mortgage payment; or even find a place to live.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • jake

      you have a short memory

      December 21, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    LOL – Yeah thats how to get community solutions, place people who have no idea what a true American community is like in charge of it.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • bob

      Yes I guess the last president wasn;t a heck of alot better. But at least one has brains and knows how to speek on his own.
      There arn;t a whole lot of good choices out there.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:15 am |
    • Jean

      Jon Bon Jovi (actually Jon Bongiovi) grew up in a very working class neighborhood in New Jersey. His father was an Italian barber. No silver spoon here. Whether you like, or even know, his music or not, he is a workaholic who earned his own fortune and he did it without moving away from New Jersey. He has always supported his community with tonsof benefits and non-profit work over the years.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:05 am |
      • kay

        Well said!!

        December 22, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
    • CTinDC

      A true american community? So you are saying these people are not american?? makes no sense.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:18 am |
    • Nico

      I think that, in the case of Jon Bon Jovi, you'd be surprised. The man has been actively involved in helping out local communities for quite a few years now with his Soul Foundation, and is known to be very hands-on in his approach. Read up on the Soul Foundation and you'll see.

      December 15, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • Deb

      People who continously post on message boards while proving, beyond a shadow of a doubt they know nothing about what they comment on....are hilarious and sad at the same time....I've seen this a lot when it comes to the POTUS.

      You can also tell...it has nothing at all to do with the office this man holds...but it has all to do with the color of his skin...because regardless of which way this man turns.....in their light....it's always the wrong way.

      December 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
      • geecee

        Oh, you put it in exactly the right words! Thank you. I am so sickened by people just wanting to lash out at President Obama because the opportunity just happens to present itself. They just hate him so much and he is trying so hard to better this Country. He even gets criticized for creating this Council to help America, a voluntary group of wealthy and innovative people who want to help the poor. And Obama gets criticized for it. How disgusting are some people who call themselves Americans? Sick and unpatriotic is what they are. Bigots, haters, all the wrong things is what they are!

        December 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  18. iShane

    my god people......really? is this kindergarten. it's like all of a sudden America is back in the 1950's.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
  19. D-Nice

    Hey John D. Why don't you shove twinkies down your throat until you can't breathe anymore, then get back to me for further instructions. Thanks..

    December 14, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  20. morpunkt

    Yawn.
    Just another celebrity, trying to promote a loser.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  21. Logic Dictates

    HAHAHAHA/smh@ poor Republicans, so much hatred they can't even focus on the story at hand... poor guys.

    and true American community? what are you even talking about? first, sure, you know all of these folks' histories, riiight.. and second, I guess YOURS was a 'true American community..' wtfEver, guy.

    Anyway, back on topic, not necessarily a fan of Bon Jovi's music but I know he's active in helping those less fortunate than him, and his community as a whole, so... this is excellent to see.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm |
  22. Joe

    Why is anyone surprised by this Obama move? He is himself nothing but a community organizer. That is the depth of this man's experience. This is at least something this Nobel Prize winner knows how to do.

    December 14, 2010 at 10:44 pm |
    • Bubba

      You do realize your idol Palin is a community organizer, right? And that Obama was a lawyer in Chicago for years? You guys never get tired of the wishful thinking.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  23. Kermit

    Shouldn't amaze me, but I never cease to be suprised. How does Jon Bon Jovi and executives from Starbucks and EBay know about community? Rich people with more money than they know what to do with. All they do is thow money at it and expect all of these people to be "bettered by their generousity"! Until we figure out a way to stop the core family from disintegrating. All the ills of our society can be directly directed back to parenting. Until we get men who quit being fathers and begin to be a dad. This is what will slow poverty, this is what will slow the amount of drug use. Until we hold individuals responsible for their actions and quit blaming society for their failures things will continue to deteriorate.

    December 14, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  24. Logic Dictates

    lol, my comment was made at 10:38... how is it awaiting moderation, but later comments have been approved?? smh....

    December 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  25. Blah

    The ONLY good thing I've heard from J.B.Goobie.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:16 am |
  26. See-Way

    120 mil?

    How many KIDS threw away the record once they played it?

    December 15, 2010 at 12:18 am |
    • kay

      I'd venture to say VERY FEW. You don't sell 120 million records if you suck...that's just a fact. And, btw, he's only gotten better as he's gotten older.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  27. Otto

    Funny how it seems there are more fools in America than people with common sense. Take the posts of those before to sum up their stupidity.
    Even when there's good to be done in many lives today; there are and will be those who consider them to be useless. Their main reason is because the thought and process began with the current president. I recall similar yet less hate for Bill Clinton, zero hate for George Bush; except his ignorance, arrogance and sometimes stupidity. I don't recall people casting Bush is such a mean way. Sure he blundered in Afghanistan, created a huge mess in Iraq; those were acceptable to the low life ingorant people (as long as they don't have to fight)
    Since January 29th, 2009, there are more hateful people in this country than the entire Earth combined; for course, it is because this guy is in their White House.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:40 am |
    • jake

      @ Otto you are right! lets hope these idiots come to their senses

      December 21, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  28. Martin33189

    How come all the idiot haters come up so quickly to criticize what the POTUS does.

    No matter what he does there will be plenty of idiots criticizing him.

    "Ladran Sancho, senal que cabalgamos".....

    December 15, 2010 at 12:43 am |
  29. VinceRN

    Popular and Liberal seems to be the main qualifications to get hired Obama, actually being qualified to do a job seems to be meaningless to him.. Bon Jovi is a very great musician, very talented, one of the best of his generation. But that doesn't qualify him at all do do this supposed job Obama appointed him to. OF course this job really amounts to "Good Will Ambassador", ie he was hired to put a famous face on an issue. It should be reported that way though, not as if he would actually be doing anything official himself as this seems to imply.

    December 15, 2010 at 1:03 am |
    • Deb

      But How.....Do.....You....Know....What.....This....Mans.....Qualifications.....Are???

      December 19, 2010 at 7:01 pm |
  30. CADude

    Please Mr. President, piss away more of my tax dollars!

    December 15, 2010 at 1:32 am |
  31. Notfooled

    Great job as usual President Obama. Thanks Bon Jovi I have heard a lot about your work. If only this world was full of people like you who are willing to help fellow man and not be mean, cold, selfish, un happy people. Until they try it they will never know true happiness and satisfaction.

    December 15, 2010 at 2:19 am |
    • YBM

      I guess you don't think for yourself very much. "Great job as usual..." He hasn't done anything good yet or fulfilled any of his policies, finding out what is in a bill after it is made into law??? So tell me what "great job" he has been doing?

      December 15, 2010 at 8:56 am |
      • fayse

        There is a very long list of things. A few of them are: Banks can no longer give you automatic overdrafts so they can charge you large fees, without your permission. Credit card companies have been restricted and they can no longer entice teenagers with credit cards when they have no job. As for the Healtcare reform, I think that it is a pretty good thing that Insurers cannot refuse coverage for children with pre existing conditions. As I said, there is a long list of things that the President has done. He has tried to do the things that he campaigned on. Do some research for yourself and look it up.

        December 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  32. done with them all

    another husseni obama joke, picking a drug sniffing booze drinking star for community service thats like saying obama really isnt a muslim, more lies from an idiot and another photo op.

    December 15, 2010 at 5:42 am |
    • geecee

      Since your post, Obama has spoken with a huge group of CEO's, the tax breaks for the Wealthy, Middle Class and Unemployment Benefits have been extended;DADT has been repealed, the START Treaty is about to get ratified, the 9/11 Responders bill is on its way to passage. All in less than a week! Care to criticize the President some more???

      December 21, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  33. done with them all

    obama, why not talk to small business rather than fortune 500 business, small business employees 60% or more and you talk to big execs, just a photo op for an idiot.

    December 15, 2010 at 6:06 am |
  34. Andorf Studman

    Bon Jovi? Even the B-list celebrities are backing away from this dufus. It's too bad Milli Vanilla are both dead, maybe they could have helped him create some kind of committee to look into the mortgage crisis.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:26 am |
    • kay

      First of all, only half of Milli Vanilli is dead. Second of all, Jon Bon Jovi has a history of giving back and helping others less fortunate. He's certainly no "B-lister". How many other musical acts sell out football stadiums these days?

      December 22, 2010 at 11:13 pm |
  35. PoppyRae

    Life imitates art. On the West Wing, presidential candidate Matt Santos (modeled after young Illinios state Sen. Obama), who is later elected president, is speaking with Jon Bon Jovi on the campaign trial. Bon Jovi tells Santos that when the election is ove he has some ideas and would like to come to Washington to help out. Santos agrees and tells Bon Jovi to get in touch after the election.

    December 15, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  36. Jones in DC

    And what the heck are his qualifications? Why not just appoint rip taylor or jack black or wayne newton? Further proof that no-idea-what-i'm-doing obama and the democrats aren't serious about governing.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  37. Ken from FL

    How about we involve people from the ACTUAL communities rather than some multimillionaire rock star who lives in a mansion somewhere? What the hell does Bon Jovi know about solving such problems? It's all about glitter and throwing money at problems in Obama's Land of Oz.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:13 am |
    • LooneyBin

      There are Ivory Tower rich people, and then there are rich people who live up to JFK's maxim, taken from the Bible: "To whom much is given, much is required." Bon Jovi is the latter.

      December 15, 2010 at 8:25 am |
    • Jean

      People shouldn't comment when they don't know the background about which they are speaking. Jon Bon Jovi (actually Jon Bongiovi) grew up in a very working class neighborhood in New Jersey. His father was an Italian barber. No silver spoon here. Whether you like, or even know, his music or not, he is a workaholic who earned his own fortune and he did it without moving away from New Jersey. He has always supported his community with tonsof benefits and non-profit work over the years.

      December 15, 2010 at 9:07 am |
    • Jess C

      How many hours have you given to your community this week?

      December 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
    • CTinDC

      this is a truely ignorant statement. Especially considering you have no idea about his or anyone on this panel's life struggle.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:19 am |
  38. Pastor Evans

    Once people completely allow Jesus Christ to be Lord of all in their lives then everything will be alright. All these expensive programs lead by people who don't have the Spirit of God ruling their Souls won't change anything!!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:19 am |
  39. Richard

    I wonder how many of these "haters" have ever done volunteer work in their life. It's amazing how many people just hate for the sake of hating. "What goes around, comes around". They will get their come uppence!

    December 15, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  40. Sick of it all

    I like this guy less and less. Now he's a politician? That must be what happens to musicians when they start to suk and run out of material. Just shut up and sing you big dummy. We're still waiting for the "free concert" you promised Philly when the Soul won the championship. You sold out, dude. Money changed you. Must be what happens when your career gets handed to you because your cousin is in the business. Paying dues? You have no idea what that is. You never played the bar scene and struggled in your life. And I won't even go into what you did to Alec.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:33 am |
    • Deb

      Dayum....you have a personal beef with someone.....and put it on a message board where they'll never have a chance in reading. I just found a spine you might be in need of.

      December 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm |
    • kay

      You are so wrong it's not even funny! Bon Jovi most certainly did play the bar scene (although why that should be 'required' I have no idea) and he toured almost NON-STOP with his band in the '80s. He has more than paid his dues, and I think he's a wonderful guy for giving back. As for Alec, YOU, nor I, nor anyone else not in the band have no idea what happened there. And we shouldn't, as it's none of our business.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  41. lsp

    If the liberal entertainers did not support Obama, his support (what is left) would be cut in half.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:37 am |
  42. IMOPIE

    I see the party of "NO" are leaving their negative chanting again. they see NO sense in building up our country. when all their energy is tearing down a president. i guess the 8 Bush years they were too busy counting their profits. go away NO-Gooders. the rest of US are trying to work here. your postings are just making yourselves appear as jerks.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  43. t22

    Here's a thought. Worry about the economy and people will start giving to charity again. Of course all of Obama's rich friends could just redistribute their income to the poor if they really wanted to.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:10 am |
    • Jess C

      Maybe Boehner rich friends could contribute too? You make it sound like Obama is happy about helping the wealthy with their tax extension that was never meant to be extended, even by Bush. It was a "compromise," remember? But again, that word doesn't ring on GOP ears. It's always the Dems who compromise; that's the bummer. The Healthcare bill would have been fine if it wasn't for conceding to the GOP's demands. Say what you will, the GOP does not represent the middle class and never will. They only talk a big game to get votes, then it's "screw 'em."

      December 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  44. TCM

    This, coupled with the running out the door to go to a Christmas party and leaving Clinton to answer questions...shows the lack of experience and professional depth Obama has. He's truly in over his head, and his panic fleeing during the "clinton tax speech," shows it...we need better for this country.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:11 am |
    • Deb

      Stop drinkin' the koolaid....and please stop watching FOX.

      December 19, 2010 at 7:08 pm |
    • geecee

      Cynical a bit, aren't you? More social change has been accomplished in the two years that President Obama has been in office than George Bush did in 8 years. So, if you ask how that "hopey, changey, thingey is goin' for ya'? I'll have to say, PRETTY DARN GOOD, ACTUALLY!!

      December 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
    • Mary Donahue

      So sad... try and look outside yourself...all this hate and negativity isn't what this season is all about. If you really love America and want us to survive and succeed, stop the hate! Stop induling in partisan politics and donate your time to something worthwhile, something that touches your heart and replaces hate with love!

      December 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm |
  45. Darla from Ohio

    Ken from FL – I agree with you 100%. Why doesn't he ask me to join the community, I'm unemployed, trying to save my house, and am not giving any Christmas gifts this year. I'm a REAL person in the community.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  46. Bubba

    "Pop star," not "Rock star." I don't expect Obama to know the difference, but CNN should. If he's a rockstar then so is Bieber.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:13 am |
    • kay

      No, they had it right. Jon is a rock star. You obviously don't know very much about music styles.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm |
  47. Betty Phillips

    I am totally surprised Obama did not pick a "BLACK" entertainer, Obama thrives on being a racists!!! I look at Obama and honest to God I want to hurl, my dailey prayer is for this so called President to be found out just what a fraud he is.
    Just wait until all of his hidden records have to be exposed. I am sure come 2012 all candidates running for president will have to disclose all of his or her recods.. We will not be duped again, that means Pelosi can write all the letters to the state of Hawaii she wishes to, and there will be no way she can pull strings. I loved the idea that she, Pelosi the witch is no longer Speaker of the house. I would love to meet this woman and tell her just how evil she is. Betty

    December 15, 2010 at 9:15 am |
    • Deb

      Hey Redneck Betty....it seems...by reading your fonts.....you should be one of the last people claiming that they go near anyting biblical.

      December 19, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
    • Mary Donahue

      Such hate, Betty. Please don't let it eat you up!! It makes me very sad for you that at Christmastime you can spew such venom and hatefulness. Your family doesn't need that hate and it will eat you up inside. Don't let politics eat you up alive – do something to help your family, your community, your city. There's so much need out there and it will help to remove the hate you are carrying inside!

      December 24, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  48. atypical

    true change will come about when all sectors of society are involved. I am encouraged by people like Buffett, Turner, Gates, who are inspiring the wealthy to make true differences with their money. I'm inspired by celebrities and citizens alike coming together for greater, noble purposes. There will be those that judge and criticize, and that is their choice. IN their own time, they will come to appreciate the value of compassion, understanding and humility. In the meantime let the humanitarians and philanthropists show the way. Heart energy to all.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  49. Ernie

    These are some of Obama's backers but celeberities have to pay taxes like everyone else. They make over million dollars a year. I wonder if Obama is going to give them a "Tax Break"? for helpping his out. Everyone of the people who are mentioned in this article make over million dollars a year. Obama should have a show on TV like the "Biggest Loser" called the "Biggest Tax Break". I don't hear all the "The Big Liberal Democrates" belling aching about Obama's picks to help his newly formed White House Council for Community Solutions. I don't see the "The Big Liberal Democrates" stepping up to the plate. This is going to wind up to be another Obama "Failure"

    December 15, 2010 at 9:37 am |
    • CTinDC

      Umm news flash... the tax breaks for the wealthiest 2% is not a liberal or Obama Agenda. The Republicans fought for this and delayed all legistation for the extension of Bush Taxs for all.

      December 15, 2010 at 11:21 am |
    • Deb

      You take this time....back away from your keyboard...and read up. Your good 'ole boys of the GOP are the ones to that for the tax break for the weathly.

      Why do you all hide behind misinformation to use an excuse to say you hate the man....
      Man up....or woman up....and tell the truth.....you hate the man because he's black....and he's the head of these United States..of America.......and you can't stand it....lol

      December 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm |
  50. NVa Native

    I'm sure the party of elitist faux red-necks will have nasty things to say about Obama picking some one from main-stream music and world wide because of his humanitarian efforts – instead of some point boot and silly hat wearing goof howling simplistic and boring over-played nationalistic dribble that gets patriots-in-name-only frothing at the mouth.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  51. Vorty

    Now he needs to appoint Paris Hilton to head a panel on drug control and sex!

    December 15, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  52. LAMARD

    THIS COUNTRY IS SO FULL OF HATE TOWARD BLACK PEOPLE U GUYS BETTER WATCH CAUSE YOUR COUNTRY
    IS BEING TAKEN BACK BROWN PEOPL.LOL
    AND IT IS EXACTLY WHAT U GET U THIEVES.

    December 15, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  53. NJ man

    Always makes me laugh to see multi-millionaires who live the high life talking about how government needs to take more tax dollars from working american families for social programs. Now, if Bon Jovi gave away to this cause EVERYTHING he owns and EVERY dollar he has made over the years except for, say, $90,000 per year, ONLY THEN might I believe he is serious.

    December 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • jake

      @NJ man Would you?

      December 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
    • kay

      Jon gave a million dollars to Oprah Winfrey's Angel charity after Hurricane Katrina. He's helped build several houses for Habitat for Humanity. And that's just a drop in the bucket of his charitable works. How much have you given recently?

      December 22, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  54. John

    These older guys will do anything to try and stay relevant.

    December 15, 2010 at 9:00 pm |
  55. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Betty Phillips; I think you're one of the most biased people on this blog, if not racist! I notice you're always trying to imply or present PRESIDENT OBAMA as a RACIST! YOU'RE A LIAR! The man's tried his DAMNDEST to fly SO far above that notion! So much to the degree, that WE who're sitting back watching and listening, and KNOW racism's being leveled at him, WONDER if HE realizes it! WE'VE SETTLED WITH THE IDEA THAT, EVEN IF HE DID, HE WON'T VOICE IT! BUT DOES HE KNOW IT?!? ALL ABOUT OBAMAS POLITICS! HUH?!

    December 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  56. Anne

    It doesn't seem to matter what President Obama tries to do he is knocked down. This Tea Party movement is the worse thing that has happened to the USA. They just are unable and unwilling to adjust to the 21st Century. The USA is longer a national country but part of an ever changing world so get used to it. They weren't formed until Obama became President, so as far as I am concerned the only difference between them and the KKK is the hoods.

    December 19, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  57. D.Dalon

    Why is is that the negative people who put Obama down all the time, can't write or spell? Go through all the comments
    here and pretend that you're an English teacher. Take off points for not capitalizing proper names, or words like, President.
    I suppose you folks will vote for someone like Sarah Palin. I have plants smarter than her. It doesn't matter if Obama appoints Bono, or Bon Jovi, or Robert Redford. The idea is to make America better. Let's get positive for a change, and let's all work together to fix the problems. America is great. We've been down before and came back. We can do it again. Forget about what party a person is in, and don't pay attention to their religion, or race. And it also doesn't matter if they are a Liberal or a Conservative. They are AMERICANS! As the song says, "COME ON PEOPLE, GET TOGETHER. SMILE UPON YOUR BROTHER, TIME TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER RIGHT NOW.

    December 20, 2010 at 12:32 am |
  58. Notfooled

    Let them talk about President Obama all they want. Fact is he gets the job done. And that's what is killing them.

    December 20, 2010 at 3:56 am |
  59. Stephanie

    I think the President could find a cure for cancer, end hunger and homelessness for the entire planet and broker peace in the middle east and someone would still find something wrong. SAD SAD SAD

    December 20, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  60. Disgusted in Michigan

    Oh, this is just what I need at the end of my "working class" day. Clearly, many of you have no idea what you are spewing about in regards to Jon Bon Jovi being appointed to this Council. I am not even going to waste my breath recounting the myriad of ways Jon puts his money where his mouth is AND regularly gets his OWN "hands dirty" in project after project trying to make this country (not just in New Jersey) and world a better place for all. It is NOT a sin to have money (he actually WORKED for it!); it is how you use it that matters. Do your research before you go attack with your venom! And whether you know anything about Jon Bon Jovi or not, be assured his willingness to serve on this Council has ZERO political basis or he would be running the other way!! He is the perfect choice to try to make a difference for all, and I dare the ignorant to actually check the man out and then apologize.

    December 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm |
    • kay

      I couldn't have said it better!!!

      December 22, 2010 at 11:23 pm |
    • PhoenixRising

      @Michigan: Yours is the most comprehensive and responsible post I've seen on this blog today! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

      December 23, 2010 at 9:08 am |
    • Heather

      Wonderfully said.

      January 3, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  61. Mugsy

    Bon Jovi – third rate 80's hairband. Their muzak sucks!

    December 20, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
    • kay

      They WERE a hair band. How many of those bands from the 80's are still selling millions of albums and selling out concert tours? Just ONE! Bon Jovi is a fantastic band. Just because you have no taste doesn't mean the rest of us don't either.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:25 pm |
  62. ehwilson429

    can this dope spell his name?

    December 22, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  63. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Deb; YOU GO GIRL!

    December 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  64. Tony@Seattle

    Good going, Mr. President! Let all who will help...help. Can't believe the criticism over this move. But of course it is easier to criticize than to personally take action and to lend a helping hand in building a community. Don't care about your political postering, or your faked "righteous indignation". You are the joke!

    December 27, 2010 at 8:15 pm |
  65. Heather

    Whether you like or don't like Jon Bon Jovi's music you should admire his philanthropic activities. Jon uses his Soul Foundation and his own money to help provide affordable housing. His foundation has built over 280+ houses. Within 1 year of hurricane Katrina, his foundation and Habitat for Humanity had built 25 homes in New Orleans. Say what you want about his music but at least he is using his fame and fortune to help change people's lives.

    January 3, 2011 at 10:31 am |
  66. John

    Obama is the man. To all the haters, all we know how to do is love. Keep your negative thoughs to yourself. If you can not say something positive, be quiet.

    January 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm |