“I think that he is the person that can bring the world the true American message,” she said in a statement.
“I feel in my heart that he would be able to reconstruct peace and confidence in the United States.”
The singer is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and, last year at the Clinton Global Initiative, donated $40 million to help the victims of natural disasters. She founded the Pies Descalzos Foundation, a charity with schools for poor children in Colombia.
Shakira is among a big contingent of musicians who have endorsed Obama and are, in the remaining weeks of the election, trying to mobilize their base of fans to get out the vote. Just this weekend, with voter registration deadlines looming, Bruce Springsteen is holding a concert for Obama in Ohio and Jay-Z is to perform in Detroit.
“I’d like to invite the Latino community to come out and make themselves present during this election because they can really make a different,” Shakira said. “I care deeply about this country and I think everyone does because America’s economy is so crucial for the rest of the world. The rest of the world’s economy depends on the economy of this country, and world peace depends on the policies of this country.”