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. Sean

    Big deal. Springsteen also backed John Kerry. This is not news.

    April 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Jen B.

    No doubt Clinton will dismiss Springsteen's support for Obama in much the same way she dismissed the vote I cast in one of the smaller caucus states.
    She is the personification of elitism and lost my vote for good a long time ago.

    April 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Realist

    great! Bruce recognizes a good man when he sees one. President Obama.

    April 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. SLO Bear

    Thank you, Bruce. You are a true American hero and poet. Your statement and timing were perfect.

    April 16, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Deb from Minnesota

    This is not important news.

    April 16, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Obama Supporter

    Better than Elton John!!! 😉

    April 16, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Paull

    Clinton LIES. Hillary lies and Bill lies about the lies. Anyone who has that 'loose' of an affiliation with the truth simply can't be trusted in any aspect or reality.

    April 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Brendan D, Niles, IL

    Second-best campaign blunder ever: Ronald Reagan appropriates "Born in the U.S.A." for his reelection campaign, apparently unaware that it slammed his administration's treatment of Vietnam vets.

    April 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. WhosehadEnough

    Hey anyone who's ever held a factory job knows what's been going on the last 7 years under the Bush administration........Those jobs have all gone overseas and the CEO's of those companies have reaped millions.

    Go Bruce!!

    April 16, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Jim, Penn

    The difference to most celebrity endorsements is clear. This guys knows what he is talking about. It is hard to find anyone on this earth who is R E S P E C T E D as much as the boss. This does make a difference.

    Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Ohio For Hillary!!!!

    Obama Idiots plain and Simple!

    April 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Nick

    who cares

    April 16, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. E(street)XCELLENT !

    Elton (the duck) who ? this man is a real blue-collar American . Nothing phony about "The Boss"....unlike hillary .

    April 16, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  14. Shirley

    Who cares? Am I expected to change my mind based upon who a rocker wants to vote for?

    April 16, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. A Democrat

    A foreigner (Elton John) supports Hilary, and a true son of America (Bruce) supports Obama. Enough said!

    April 16, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. kern

    There ya go. The official kiss of death.

    April 16, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Latina Here

    and? Cnn why do you not mention the new Union of Masons just endorse Hillary or the 100 mayors that have endorse Hillary and....come on CNN!!

    April 16, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Levae

    my man Bruce

    April 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Ludovic

    This post would have been a good news for obama if the last sentense was not there

    April 16, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  20. Jamaal Kansas

    All you Hilary supporters stop hating Elton John just helped her raise 2 million dollars. This man has the right to endore whom ever he wants and it looks like this rocker picked the correct choice. Bitter Kansan Obama 08

    April 16, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  21. Matthew Taylor

    Ok, lets say a person post a comment against Obama, why does it always make to the internet. what is CNN Agenda or you who moderate these blog?

    April 16, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. no to obama

    This guy bounces out on stage like he is a star. A little too big headed for my taste. I guess it is to try and keep him from looking like the middle aged lawyer he is.

    April 16, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. RJ

    Good pick.

    April 16, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. DD, New York

    Not impressed by this at all.

    April 16, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. St. Louis

    Hillary supporters sound a little bitter to me!! LOL

    April 16, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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