(CNN) - Rocker Bruce Springsteen has endorsed Barack Obama for president.
“At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships,” said the New Jersey native, in a statement posted on his Web site Wednesday. “While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision… Over here on E Street, we're proud to support Obama for President.”
In February, Springsteen had resisted making a choice between Obama and Hillary Clinton, telling USA Today that "there are two really good Democratic candidates for president. I admire and respect them both enough to wait and see what happens."
But he praised Obama, who cited Springsteen as the person he would most like to meet in an interview with People magazine.
"I always look at my work as trying to measure the distance between American promise and American reality," he told the paper. "And I think (Obama's) inspired a lot of people with that idea: How do you make that distance shorter? …”
Springsteen backed Sen. John Kerry's unsuccessful 2004 presidential bid.
What? Are you saying that the Boss doesnt want a candidate who "misspeaks" all the time. Are you saying that the Boss is wary of someone answering the phone at 3 a.m. with Crown Royal on her breath? Say it aint so!!!
Hey Bruce, go back to singing about girls and cars. Your ability to pick quality political figures needs help and should be kept to yourself.
This is news. Pretty sad.
I wonder if I should switch my vote?
Bravo Bruce. Excellent decision that you will not regret.
Yesssss !!! Good for you Boss, spoken like a true bitter elitist.
Barack I am for you. I jump for Hillary's Camp
We can do this....
Yes we can...
Obama will lose if doesn't call for the seating of the Fla. delegates. A crucial ethical blunder to be perceived as the opponent of their voting rights. Which is it Barack? Ethics or unfettered opportunism?
Think about who the boss endorsed 4 years ago...another elitist, Kerry.
Clinton to the White House!
Hillary supporters you all are in denial just like Hillary.
Even if she wins Penn. its still a wrap!!
The fat lady is singing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This endorsement is right on time. Most people are making their mind now because the media and clintons are helping the Ameriican people to see the difference between Obama and Clinton or McCain.
Keep bashing. It' all good for Obama.
Every time you guys twist what he said and that I also heard from his delivery on your TV and websites, I simply see who is lying. You don't know how much you have helped me and others see through what the media really is and who the Clintons really are.
Thank God for your manoeuvers and manipulations.
I'm from Pa. George Bush has for the last 8 years insulted Pa. as well as 49 other states and DC. The person best suited to bring pride back to our country and worlwide respect back for America is Barrack. Thanks Bruce for the support. Thanks for a great tour too. Caught the show in Detroit & Dallas.
The Boss is a "used to be" just like Obama.
I am a big fan of the Boss. And actually I am disappointed very much in his support of him. Very much disappointed.
But what I am disgusted with is CNN's continued attempt to have every single news it reports to be around Obama. It is as though Hillary (or McCain) do not even exist.
All right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go springsteen
Thank you Bruce Springsteen!!
What a great endorsement. Sen. Clinton's mud slinging and dishonest strategy is NOT WORKING!
Way to go Sen. Obama!
Wonderful that he knows the hearts of the American people. However, he should learn to talk to Hillary. She is very smart and know how to deal. McCain understands war. That is the real issue.
Springsteen.......... oh please,
Stand by... just waiting for someone to call Bruce a "Judas" .....
Just another sign that Pennsylvanians got Obama's message quite differently from the way elitists Clinton and McCain did.
Sorry Clinton folks, they just keep coming in don't they. I hope he gives a donation, we need it to beat the queen of America.
This is the best news I have heard all week out of the political world. Not because of it's validity, but because it's something funny and positive. Good ol' Bruce. Won't help, but it's adorable nonetheless. Well done CNN for finding SOMETHING upbeat.
Welcome to the chorus Sprinteen, I hope you make up a song for November elections. But you must make it early so we can learn to sing it before the D-day.
Thanks for your endorsement.
The BOSS has it right! Who would want to vote for a flat-out liar!? And who else knows better what it's like on the streets of Philadelphia!? Obama, that's who!
Ah, the audacity of hype.