Chris Walla explains what Barack Obama's win could mean for the US
Death Cab For Cutie guitarist Chris Walla has said that Barack Obama is a “revolutionary” and believes his win could open up a much-needed national dialogue.
Walla, whose band has been touring the US with Neil Young, has been very active in advocating on behalf of the Democratic candidate, now the president-elect of the United States.
“I feel safe speaking of Barack Obama as a revolutionary,” Walla said.
“He’s got a brilliant analytical mind; a clear, executive control of speech; a kind, open demeanour; a full and complete grasp on the technologies of the day; a photogenic presence and beautiful family; a gift to inspire and involve everyone around him; the ability to lay the groundwork for plans, both big and small, in obvious, common language; a compassionate ear; and the good fortune to have the cultural winds at his back, and the managerial know-how to capitalize on those winds in unprecedented, brilliant ways.
“All of these are good things, some with more gravity than others, and every politician needs one or two of them to achieve a modicum of success,” he said in his Rolling Stone blog. “But to open a national dialogue as big and wide as the one we’re in right now requires the whole truckload, in spades, and then some. It takes a leader — and I dress that word in full literal regalia — to show the way forward, to clear the path.”
Meanwhile, Death Cab For Cutie have added a handful of dates to their US tour this December.
The tour dates are:
Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom (December 2)
Baton Rouge, LA Baton Rouge River Center (4)
Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre (5)
Seattle, WA WaMu Theater (9)
Oakland, CA Oracle Arena (11)
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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