updated 11/05/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/05/2008 AT 9:40 AM ET
Barely containing his joy over Tuesday’s historic victory of Barack Obama, Usher declared, “I’m speechless, honestly. I don’t even know what to say.”
But, in fact, he had plenty to say.
Crediting the hope that Obama inspired, Usher said, “I think this sets us off in the right direction in terms of change of tone. The fact that so many people were encouraged by [his] words by his message. It was never self-serving, it was always for country. Country first!”
In terms of his own personal reaction to the outcome of the election, Usher – himself a proponent of social activism – said, “Man, this is incredible, after a lot of campaigning, and then a lot of prayer It’s so incredible to see that this historical thing has happened, man.
“Before it was a thought of what happens if he doesn’t win. The public service that went into this and the encouragement that’s come out of it, it’s just incredible to see it happen.”
The musician also revealed he was prepared to uproot himself temporarily had things turned out differently.
“In the event he didn’t win, I gave some thought to leaving the country,” he conceded before happily interjecting that such a drastic measure would not be necessary.
Said Usher, “I’m proud to be an American.”
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