Usher On Barack Obama’s Win: ‘This Will Go Down In History!’
First Published: November 5, 2008 8:14 AM EST Credit: Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Usher has become one of the first celebrities to join with the millions celebrating Barack Obama’s election as the 44th President of the United States.
“Isn’t this incredible news? Isn’t this incredible news Billy?” a slightly speechless Usher told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush for “The Billy Bush” show on Tuesday night. “Man, this is incredible. It’s so incredible to see that this historical thing has happened, man. Before it was a thought of what happens if he doesn’t win. The public service that went into this and the encouragement that came out of it, it’s just incredible to see it happen.”
Usher, who helped campaign for the democratic senator from Illinois, said the election of President Obama is a watershed moment in the history books.
“This will go down in history, in black history for all of the sacrifices that the great Joseph Lowery and Martin Luther King made, this actually pays off for their sacrifice. The great Rosa Parks… So many people sacrificed for us to have a voice,” Usher said. “It was one thing to have a voice, but to eventually know the best way to use it and then it grows into this, it’s just incredible. I’m speechless. I don’t even know what to say.”
The singing superstar said he was thrilled to join in celebrating Obama’s win.
“I’m proud to be an American right now,” Usher added.
But, it appears that had the election gone another way, Usher was actually prepared to take flight.
“In the event that he didn’t win, I planned on leaving this country,” Usher said in a serious tone. “I did. I did, but that’s obviously not the case.”
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