At President Obama’s Inaugural Ball, 22 time Grammy Award winner Stevie Wonder had a few words with CNN’s Piers Morgan. Morgan asked him what he thought of the president’s inaugural speech and Stevie responded with:
“It was a great speech,” he said. “We can’t talk about it and just talk about it, we got to be about it. We’ve got to take off the gloves of being a politician and really look at the reality of how we are and where we are as human beings on this planet. And we’ve got to do and make this planet more green, we’ve got to do something about the various things that he’s talked about, and the rights of women and people in general.” (Piers Morgan official blog)
He expressed his hope that people in the U.S. come together in a way that’s non-partisan.
“I feel like there’s so many things that I envisioned, that I saw, and those things are happening, coming true,” he said. “The only thing I’m hoping for is that we truly will get people together. You know, sometimes I wish we could have even more than a Democratic Party and Republican Party, a united party, where people come together, but I think that if we just get people thinking that way, we can really come together.”
“I was thinking, you know, because I saw you on the TV talking about the whole gun thing, and I was talking to one of my friends and I said, ‘You know what? You should go get me a gun or me go with you to get a gun and then show how easy it is for me to get a gun,’” Wonder said. “Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy.”
Wonder said that he has his own ideas and solutions that can contribute to addressing the issue.
“I think we have to do something about it and I’m hoping in these next four years with an idea that I’ve come up with that I can do something about how we can come up with a solution, because there’s a solution to any problem and I think we just have to get to it.” (Piers Morgan official blog)
He cautions that action is needed and that simply watching news coverage of tragedies like the Newtown, Connecticut massacre of 20 children and 6 adults isn’t enough. “…after it dies down, we wait for it to happen it again.” (Piers Morgan official blog)
According to Raw Story, at this time there is no federal law that prohibits people who are visually impaired from buying or owning guns.
The 2012 inauguration was especially significant for 62 year old Wonder because it fell on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a holiday which Wonder himself campaigned to establish. The iconic singer played a key role in helping Coretta Scott King petition Congress to make the day an official federal holiday. His efforts included the release of the 1980 song “Happy Birthday,” which became a symbol of hope that helped to garner six million signatures on the petition that he and Mrs. King presented to Congress. President Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law in 1983. (Time)
I am loving Stevie Wonder right now, but this is typical for the legendary musician with a big heart. To him, “That’s What Friends Are For.”
You can watch the award winning musician giving his opinion here:
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