Celebrities make stop at ISU tailgate

Rashida Jones and Adam Scott off of the television show Parks and Recreation stopped by an ISU/Iowa game viewing party Saturday, Sept. 8. Photo by Yue Wu

By Matt Wettengel

Even though the annual Cy-Hawk football game was held in Iowa City, Ames-based fans who didn’t make the journey to the dark side of the state weren’t completely forgotten.

Actors Adam Scott and Rashida Jones made a stop at a tailgate hosted by the ISU College Democrats on Saturday at the home of Steven Seefeld, senior in landscape architecture, on Oakland Street.

Arriving near the end of the first quarter, the actors addressed the crowd of around 50 people behind a muted flat screen television that the game was playing on in the backyard. The two made appeals for students to support President Barack Obama in the November election and to get involved, learn about the issues and his campaign.

Abhishek Vemuri, president of the ISU Dems, introduced the Parks and Recreation stars, with an account of how he got involved with the Obama campaign in 2008 and the importance of students getting involved and taking control of their future through political activism.

The actors were brought by the Obama campaign, which requested that the actors make an appearance before students nearly a week ago, Vemuri said. The celebrities’ stop in Ames came almost 2 weeks after the president himself held a rally on Central Campus and one day after Obama, his wife Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and second lady Jill Biden made a campaign stop in Iowa City, where Scott was also spotted. Their detour in Ames shows the increased efforts by the campaign to appeal to young voters in the state, which is one of seven key swing states in the 2012 election.

Having already hosted the president and two celebrities, Vemuri said there’s a good chance that more big-name Obama supporters will make stops in Ames before Nov. 6. He and the College Dems are ready for more last minute events from the campaign, along with educational events they plan to host on campus, including a debate with the ISU College Republicans.

After taking pictures with fans and briefly chatting politics, Scott and Jones returned to the campaign trail. They made stops in Des Moines at Drake University and the Obama for America office before coming to Ames and are scheduled to make stops in Cedar Rapids tonight and tomorrow, ending their Iowa tour in Iowa City tomorrow afternoon.