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. Keith

    Yet another endorsement for Obama.

    ...unfortunatly, this one means little to nothing as Springstein is not a "super delegate".

    April 16, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Alice

    Let's see, whose endorsement would we rather have?

    Englishman Sir Elton John

    or Mr. American Rock Star Endorsement himself: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

    nice . . .

    April 16, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Chas

    Bruce...nobody cares about your political views unless its in a song. Shut up and sing..

    Maybe you can write a song about Obama losing in 08 as we all know it is what is going to happen.

    April 16, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Grif

    Goodbye to the USA..

    April 16, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Zach

    The Boss is wrong again.

    April 16, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. KR

    The only difference in half of America voting for Kerry is we didn't have a choice who we voted for. Now we do. I for one am glad all Americans have a choice who they vote for in November (except for Michigan and Florida). You people calling for the primary to be over are weak bellied. Get over it, make the choice you want to make now. Then in November, make the right choice VOTE DEMOCRAT!

    April 16, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. Razorback

    CNN..Post my blog, it wasn't any hurtful or bad. it's just a reality..be fair.....

    April 16, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Mike

    Bruce, thank you for helping Obama save our country from that arrogant, two faced flip floping liar Clinton.

    April 16, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. A bitter elitist from GA

    The BOSS is the BOMB!!

    GObama 08!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Deb

    Born in the USA is a great song.....

    It didn't help Kerry....

    Obama should hit the road as a Rock Star!

    He sure isn't Presidential material!

    Hillary or Mccain 08

    April 16, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Taj

    "The Boss" is right. Even "The Godfather" approves Barrack. They are willing to pay taxes to a legitamate organization who will do good for the people, but not to the US Govt.

    April 16, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Sam

    Get over it Clintonites...let's all rally behind the nominee. We don't want another Bush term...or do we?

    April 16, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  13. Nathan

    "Born in the USA" .. wouldn't really work with McCain would it?

    April 16, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Scott

    The Boss is my favorite rocker and I am glad to know that he supports my favorite candidate! Rock on!

    April 16, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. BRAIN, KY

    Thank you for seeing the light and know what is the absolute truth!

    April 16, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  16. Dem for Hillary

    The Obamanites are taking this as a big thing? A rock in roll star? Oprah didn't do anything and neither will he.

    April 16, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. sophia nyc

    How about a concert? Atleast he's an American!!

    April 16, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. vic nashville,Tn

    Now we know why Sen. John Kerry's didn’t win in 2004
    Hillary 08

    April 16, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  19. bigben

    who cares?

    April 16, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Chris from VA

    Obama can join Springsteen in a duet on "I'm Goin' Down".

    April 16, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Roger, New York, New York

    Shut up and sing! Wait, never mind his music sucks!

    April 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  22. Sean

    Maggie: You sound bitter. Maybe Obama was talking to you after all...

    April 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  23. Wayne, Wentzville MO

    Thank you, Bruce. Excellent choice you've made! I love your music! Keep on rockin!!

    April 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. kentucky

    Just like when Hillary tried to laugh away the fact her husband is trying to negotiate new trade agreements, she now laughs at all of you suckers that support her. Maybe Bruce will write a new song about one of her duck hunting trips.

    April 16, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. HEIDI

    welcome...welcome...welcome.

    all are welcome aboard this train to the White House.

    Obama 08'

    April 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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