Rocker John Mayer has become the latest Hollywood star to publicly endorse Barack Obama for U.S. president, urging critics of the politician's message of "hope" to reconsider.
The 31-year-old singer has made a last minute bid in support of the Democratic candidate less than a week before the history-making election next month (04Nov08).
In a column for online blog The Huffington Post, Mayer writes: "Obama gives me the feeling that I could be alive to witness one of the most brilliant upturns in a country's history. What a concept. That's why hope is a worthwhile commodity. To those who question whether hope is a tangible product worth building a campaign around, I'd say take a look at despair and how powerful that has been in reshaping how people think and live.
"I believe the definition of the 'hope' that Barack Obama enthuses operates on the unspoken thesis that there has to be a polar opposite to the despair of 9/11. Because if we accept that there's not, the will to live becomes forever altered.
"To adults who will vote for him, Barack Obama represents a return to prosperity. To the youth, he represents an introduction to it."