Obama's Secret 2012 Weapon: Jay-Z Rapper will campaign for the president, insiders say By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 25, 2010 10:28 AM CDT 41 comments Comments Singer Jay-Z, right, speaks to Obama supporters during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama in Miami, Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (Newser) – With President Obama struggling to maintain his hold over young voters, whatever can he do to ramp up his 2012 campaign? Team up with Jay-Z, of course. The rapper and huge Obama fan will stump for the prez, and strategists think he’ll lend new spark to the “hope” movement, an insider tells the New York Post. “I can't believe you've finally heard the chatter about him replacing Larry Summers,” a deputy White House press secretary jokes, adding that "I don't think it'd surprise anyone that he would be involved again. But it's a little premature."