It's election day, what we've been gearing up for all year. Hopefully you all registered in time and won't have any problems at the polls today if you haven't already voted. It sounds like Akon is among the many praying for Obama to win. The Senegalese born star recently stated that he will renounce his US citizenship and leave the country if John McCain wins this presidential election.
Speaking to UK's The Guardian while visiting Britain, Akon said,"If he [Obama] doesn't get into office, I'm gonna change my citizenship," he said. "I'm moving back to Africa. You can hold me to that. I'm afraid to live there if he [McCain] is President. The decisions he makes scare me: he's making selfish decisions, he's doing whatever it takes to get into office."
Akon cited the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain's running-mate as one of the decisions that gave him concern. "I don't think he's going to last eight years," he said, referring to McCain, "so she's definitely going to be president. Oh my goodness - that's scarier. And who would be her running mate?Joe the Plumber?"
"I'm very afraid," he continued. "If the people don't see [that life in America will deteriorate under McCain], then that's a dangerous place to be for the next four years. I can't even envision how bad it's gonna be. I see it now - like, I'm driving down the highway, and I see cars parked with their emergency lights on because [people] can't afford to buy gas. You've got families walking, carrying infants to the next exit to take a taxi, because the taxi will get them home cheaper than the gas."
Akon is currently unable to vote due to his felony conviction.
"I really, really hope that Obama gets in," he said, "but I don't want to jinx him. It's too early to say, because I don't remember anybody voting for [George W] Bush's second term, and he still won."
Akon's album Freedom lands in stores December 2.
In case you forgot today's significance I'm posting this new version of Seal's video for "Change Gonna Come" that helps put everything in its proper historical perspective.
Seal's album Soul hits stores next Tuesday November 11th.
To close out, let's keep in mind Shontelle's "Battle Cry"...
Bonus Video: Sleepy Brown "I'm So Ready"
Happy Voting! Go Obama! Yes We Can!