April 16th, 2008
01:24 PM ET
7 years ago

The Boss backs Obama

 Bruce Springsteen put his weight behind Obama Wednesday.
Bruce Springsteen put his weight behind Obama Wednesday.

(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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (233 Responses)
  1. Linda

    Thanks Bruce.
    Obama 08!!

    April 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  2. Roman

    Hillary for President!

    The candidate America has been waiting for!

    April 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. Sharon

    And it did sooooo much for Kerry.......Funny that real clear politics poll of polls has HILLARY with a 9 point lead.....and of course undecideds always go to her....add another 6-8 points to the 9........:) Even with him spending outrageous amounts of money....from his 38 "lobbyist lawyers"....see USA Today article about his fundraisers and how much money they raise for him......
    Go HILLARY!

    April 16, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. hmmm...

    What, is this 1988? Who cares what Bruce thinks anymore?

    April 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Kareem from Hampton VA

    Of course this means nothing...just like caucuses and small states right!?

    Clinton '08! Cognitive Distortions...not speeches!

    April 16, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. Zeka-jones - Ontario,Canada

    WoW Hillary funs, simmer down, i Luv the Boss he's great and will do a rock concert for Obama – and yes (Branco) 'great song' – STREET OF PHILLY

    April 16, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. AJ, IL

    Hey Bruce, you endorsement is cool, but how about having a fundraising concert for Obama with some other musicians from LA to Chicago to New York. Once the fundraising concert reaches $5 million, the rest of the proceeds go to charity.

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. OBAMA 08

    I'll take BRUCE of ELTON JOHN anyday...

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  9. jerral

    from arkansas
    all i can say is wonderful

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. M Thomas

    Obama will win...dont be fooled!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Anne B

    Although I am not a Democrat, Obama comes across as much more honest than Hillary. This campaign seems to be about picking apart every sentence the person says, and you lose the real issues behind that.

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  12. Will

    Good point, James. The CNN ticker is sometimes a hack-job

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  13. Matt

    Well, Bruce does know how to pick a winner. After all, he did endorse John Kerry. Oh, wait....

    April 16, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  14. Suzie Applebee

    I wonder who would win in a street of Philadelphia fight.. Hillabeans & Elton.. or Barack & Bruce? hmm.. just a thought!

    OOOOOOOOOOOOBAMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA '08 BABY!

    April 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  15. Steve Poulson

    Did Bruce really back the wrong guy in 2004? Do you really think we'd be worse off if we'd have listened to The Boss? I respect Bruce and his judgement, now more than ever!

    April 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. PA takes a stand!

    Well, it kind of goes like this.....
    I would never buy Bruce's music
    and I would never vote for Obama

    both have NOTHING i can dance to.

    April 16, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  17. PA takes a stand!

    the boss of who?
    losers????

    April 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Colleen

    Hope, Change, Bitter and now the Boss. It didn't help John Kerry.

    April 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  19. Jane T.

    This has got to be a slow news day.

    April 16, 2008 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  20. Tony

    Oh, some of you Clintonians, if only you could leave your prejudices behind and see the candidates for who they really are.

    April 16, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  21. ObamaforObama

    Obama is the one!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Edgar - Orlando, Florida

    Obama stands for too LIberal and to weak on National Security, and no expereince in our nations economy...

    April 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. Ga. latino voter

    it the boss backs obama, so do i

    April 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  24. Ron

    What are you doing America? You are going to elect another version of George Bush. Wake up...

    April 16, 2008 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. FEDUP

    Backing another loser, are ya?

    April 16, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
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