Musician and liberal activist James Taylor spoke and performed at the National Press Club.
“I was hugely motivated also by eight years of Cheney/Bush, and I say it in that order on purpose. It was a tough time for me. I really suffered. It made me deeply ambivalent about my country — that we would choose that, even if we may not have chosen it. But that that’s what represented us in the world. I felt as though after September 11, the diversion, the distraction of the nation’s concern and energy into Iraq was unpardonable. I felt that it was inept, corrupt and opaque. Those were tough years for me. And I was very deeply motivated in 2008 to see Barack Obama — this wonderful, sort of a surprise, really. I couldn’t believe our luck that we had gotten such a real person as to make it through the filter system of our politics.”