Wentz, who supported Obama‘s campaign and performed with Fall Out Boy at the Youth Ball in Washington DC during last week’s inauguration festivities, said that now that Obama has taken office, he has lost his underdog status, and faces pressures similar to those Hill faced after winning several Grammy Awards.
“President Obama faces a challenge like Lauryn Hill after her album ‘Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ won five Grammys or the Coen Brothers after ‘Blood Simple’ won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize,” he wrote. “Will it take a while for his own ‘Fargo’ or ‘No Country for Old Men’? Or will success come early and often?”
Blogging for The Huffington Post, the bassist added, “A funny thing happens when the underdog wins (trust me on this one, I have scratched and won one of the biggest lottery tickets that a goofy little Midwestern guy like me can get away with).”
“The elation is high, but so are the expectations. Now there is a rapt audience. There is a microphone hissing, and feedback. When that happened before it was quaint and authentic. Now it’s annoying and unprofessional. Now the challenges that our nation faced in November have been compounded. There is a recession, there is war, there is a mounting unemployment rate. And there is history to be made. Now he’s no longer the underdog. He’s the leader of the free world with big ideas and big responsibilities. Now everyone expects results.”
Wentz concluded by saying, “Either way I, for one, am glad the underdog got a shot. Underdogs are the ones who are hungry, who will transcend convention and will break barriers. Just when it’s at its worst… it gets better. As long as he just keeps up the pace he has so far, I have a feeling we will keep rooting for him.”
–By our Los Angeles staff.