I will spare you the obligatory joke including a Bruce lyric because you can find those all over the Web (Ohhh, he’s the one, etc.) and cut right to the chase: Bruce Springsteen endorsed Barack Obama today. I’ve been hoping that this would happen ever since Becca tipped me off in a comment (here) to the fact that Bruce is, as she put it, a Yes We Can man.
Today Bruce endorsed Barack on his website. As a loyal Springsteen fan and an ecstatic Obama supporter, there is nothing that makes me happier than seeing the affinity between the only two people who can reinstate America’s Greatness. It’s a good day.
(I don’t doubt that this was an intentional move by Obama’s people to offset the idiotic elitism debate. I hope it works.)
Read the whole endorsement after the jump.
Dear Friends and Fans:
LIke most of you, I’ve been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.
He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where “…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”
At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. 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, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams From My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.
After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.
Over here on E Street, we’re proud to support Obama for President.