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

The Boss backs Obama

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(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. Obama supporter always

    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!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  2. John

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Independent for Hillary, Pittsburgh


    This is news. Pretty sad.

    I wonder if I should switch my vote?

    Clinton-McCain '08

    April 16, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Helene

    Bravo Bruce. Excellent decision that you will not regret.

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. carmen

    Yesssss !!! Good for you Boss, spoken like a true bitter elitist.

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Susan MO

    Barack I am for you. I jump for Hillary's Camp

    Go Obama

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Herman LA, CA

    Thanks Bruce...

    We can do this....

    Yes we can...

    Obama 08!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    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?

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Chris Pasadena

    Think about who the boss endorsed 4 years ago...another elitist, Kerry.

    Clinton to the White House!

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. dj

    Hillary supporters you all are in denial just like Hillary.

    Even if she wins Penn. its still a wrap!!

    The fat lady is singing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. aliou FL

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Brad G.

    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.
    GO E-A-G-L-E-S!!!!!

    April 16, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Roger

    The Boss is a "used to be" just like Obama.

    April 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. AJ

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. obamican

    All right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go springsteen

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Thank you Bruce Springsteen!!

    What a great endorsement. Sen. Clinton's mud slinging and dishonest strategy is NOT WORKING!

    Way to go Sen. Obama!

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  17. Michelle in Davenport,FL

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  18. Drugs and rockandroll

    Springsteen.......... oh please,

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

    Stand by... just waiting for someone to call Bruce a "Judas" .....

    OBAMA 08

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  20. Obama man

    Just another sign that Pennsylvanians got Obama's message quite differently from the way elitists Clinton and McCain did.

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Johnny Boy

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. Cho

    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.

    April 16, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. aliou FL

    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.

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

    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!

    OBAMA '08

    April 16, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Larry in TX

    Ah, the audacity of hype.

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