Obama: Carolina in his Mind

Photograph by Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Singer James Taylor performs at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6, 2012 on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

Updated at 5:50 pm EDT with sunshine

“In my mind, I’m gone to Carolina,” James Taylor sang on the stage of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte just now. “Can’t you see the sunshine, can’t you just feel the moon shinin’, ain’t it just like a friend of mine to hit me from behind. Yes I’m gone to Carolina in my mind.”

That’s where President Barack Obama has gone for renomination for a second term.

To the state he narrowly won in 2008 — the first Democrat to do so since Jimmy Carter (a parallel that the Republicans have been ready to draw all week long.)

“There ain’t no doubt in no one’s mind that love’s the finest thing around,” Taylor sang on the blue stage of the Time-Warner arena.

It’s been some time since “Sweet Baby James” sang this song with a younger head of hair. He performs hatted now.

(The version below is now 40 years old). 

The Democrats, closing their convention tonight with Obama’s acceptance speech, are looking for Taylor’s love here.

And sure enough, the clouds parted and rain passed and the sun started shining in Charlotte as his act was underway — an ironic turn of weather for a party that called off its outdoor celebration at a football arena tonight. Inside, Taylor warmed up the late afternoon crowd with a small band and chorus. And they were dancing in the hall.

What do you think about this article? Comment below!