April 16th, 2008
01:24 PM ET
6 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. GRAND NAGUS

    HAAA!! A Has Been supporting a wannabe!!!

    HILLARY 08!!

    April 16, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. NP

    who cares??

    In politics, people either don't reallly like you, or they hate you. When Obama is as old as Hillary, he'll have just as many scars and just as many ppl who dislike him for stupid reasons.

    April 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. emmarcee

    on no. The last statement shows it all. Kerry... . I like Boss. But America's opinion does not agree with him any way. People know about his political stand.

    April 16, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. Ed

    Who Cares!!!!

    April 16, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. J. Noel

    So, what? Huh! Is that supposed to move me?

    April 16, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Sol

    Now I see why 80 out of the 100 Pennsilvania's small town mayors did not show up for Hillary's rally yesterday – -are they in the closet for Obama? Makes you wonder.

    April 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Gianclaudio

    Who's bitter now?

    Thank you Bruce. You da Boss.

    April 16, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Adam; Phila, PA

    New Jersey already has spoken and they voted for Hillary.

    April 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. jess

    Susan MO, quit saying "we". You speak for less than half of potential primary voters.

    April 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. BRAIN, KY

    Obama 08! Hillary is the one who is Elitist hinding behind Bill with $109+millions. She is just chewing her words. Go Barack, you are educated enought to lead us there!

    April 16, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. Al

    Bruce Springsteen endorsement is irrelevant.
    Limousine rock stars are a dime a dozen.
    His fan base will never support Obama.

    Last concert I attended in Giant Stadium I was so bored I left my front row seats.

    April 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Get REAL!

    Oh please!

    If Billary got the endorsement you all would be screaming and peeing your pants!
    Just sit back and enjoy the ride! LOL!!

    Obama '08

    April 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. Kevin, NC

    OOOOOOBAAAAAAAMA~ 08

    April 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. E. L.

    Here we go......Que the Clinton supporters putting down Bruce Springteen.

    April 16, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  15. Sol

    80 out of the 100 pennsilvania's small town mayors did not show up for Hillary's scheduled rally yesterday in Philly . Makes you wonder.......are they in the closet for Obama?

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. Bobby

    Dear don't worry be happy,

    when you try to put together a statement that sounds intelligent, please remember that "irregardless" is NOT a word.

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. Jeff

    What a shock. He backed John Kerry too.

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Lutisha BeeBranch Ark

    Why are people so upset when Sir Elton had a fund raiser for Hillary that was reported, but when Bruce endorses Obama there is outrage people get real this is only the tip of a very high iceberg of who is and will endorse our next President of the United States Barack Obama!!!!!

    Its been a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come.

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. john williams san diego, ca.

    Am i to believe this endorsement is done by a real intellectual person?

    April 16, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  20. Midge from Ohio

    Anyone know where I can get a bumper sticker that says "Don't blame me, I didn't vote for Obama"? I am going to need it....

    April 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Sylvester

    Hilary and McCain voted for a war that continues to kill innocent people FOR NO REASON even up to this very day! The death toll of soldiers in comparison to 911 victims is FAR GREATER! Yet Obama shouldn't be president? Hilary and McCain voted for a war that is destroying the US economy. Yet Obama shouldn't be president? When will America be logical when choosing presidents instead of illogical?

    April 16, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. VF

    Out with the liar.......in with Barack!

    Obama '08'

    April 16, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  23. Sandi

    That puts my concert tickets in the trash!

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. Debby

    The Obama supporters are jumping up and down but they can't even spell his name right. LOL

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  25. Robert MD

    Go Obama. Enough of the same Clintonian parsing of words and mis-remembering events.

    April 16, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
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