Orlando Sentinel Blog: John Mellencamp Rocks Church Street Station On "Good Morning America"
10.30.2008 - "Good Morning America" had interviews with Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and Sarah
Palin on Thursday morning. But John Mellencamp may have made the most forceful
comments -- in song and word -- as the ABC program visited Orlando's Church
Mellencamp sang "Troubled Land" and "Pink Houses" at the Cheyenne Saloon. Chris
Cuomo of "GMA" told Mellencamp that "Pink Houses" was as relevant when the
singer wrote it years ago.
"I'm just trying to do my part, you know, trying to say something that might
mean something to somebody and make people feel good about themselves,"
Asked about the timely lyrics, Mellencamp said, "The American Dream has kind of
been hidden lately. So I think that it's time for hard-working people to be able
to earn a decent wage and realize their dreams. That's what this country was
founded on. I believe in the First Amendment, and I believe in hard-working
The crowd at the Cheyenne Saloon gave his commentary thunderous applause.
Cuomo talked to Obama and Clinton after their late Wednesday rally in Kissimmee,
which drew 35,000. In Ohio, Elizabeth Vargas interviewed Palin. In Orlando,
Diane Sawyer talked to family members with sharply different political views.
And the Cheyenne Saloon received a national showcase -- it would be the perfect
backdrop for a variety show.
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