Carolina favorite James Taylor played a concert at President Barack Obama's local campaign office early Thursday afternoon.
He played four songs and made a few remarks in one of several visits this week to campaign offices in the state. Taylor made similar visits for the 2008 Obama campaign and performed this summer at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Taylor performed for more than 150 local Obama supporters, most of them volunteers. His wife, Kim, sang backup and en-couraged the crowd to join in as the pair sang "Carolina on my Mind," "You've Got a Friend," "America the Beautiful" and "Close Your Eyes," a lullaby Tay-lor said he used to sing to his sons.
Taylor grew up in North Carolina and said his dad was committed to progressive political ideals that have made the state what it is today. He cited the Research Triangle as a result of progressive leadership.
"It really is a direction that paid off in North Carolina in a big way," he said.
After the concert, Devin Foust, a Greensboro man with Down syndrome, rushed up to Taylor and gave him a hug as his mother looked on. The Foust family owns "a large old house" near UNCG and puts up traveling Obama staffers for free to contribute to the campaign, Susan Foust said.
Obama staffers encouraged volunteers to keep working and even step up their efforts in the waning days of this presidential campaign.
"There will be an economic turnaround in our economy, and we want it to go to the people who need it most," Taylor told the crowd, adding that they're "on the side of the angels" in this race.
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