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Obama unites the dead

Well, if there was ever any doubt that Barack Obama could unite the nation, even the world, it must have been erased when the surviving members of the Grateful Dead decided the should re-unite to support his campaign.

Bob Weir, Phil Lesh & Mickey Hart hadn't see each other in years, but could find common ground with Obama.

Sitting under a sign with the familiar skull and lightning bolt emblem that read "Deadheads for Obama '08," the three living Dead all agreed the Illinois Democrat was their man. They said the fourth member, drummer Bill Kreutzmann, also was an Obama supporter and would have joined the party except for a previous engagement in Hawaii.

"We knew instinctively, intuitively that we were all together on this. We came together, and we're doing it," said guitarist Weir, who wore an Obama button pinned to the lapel of his sport coat.

Obama has the Grateful Dead music on his ipod, but reportedly hasn't attended a concert--or, he's smart enough not to commit political suicide by admitting it! Of course, he could always say he didn't inhale.

Samuel Staley is Research Fellow


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