Springsteen Defends & Endorses Obama

Music legend Bruce Springsteen has endorsed Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee for President. And he has also defended Obama for what many in the media and Hillary Clinton had described as elitist comments made last week by Obama.

Springsteen said that Obama "...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."

In defending Obama, The Boss said that "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, 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."

Springsteen campaigned with John Kerry in 2004, playing to crowds of up to 100,000.