I didn't need any more reasons to vote for Barack Obama, but today I got one anyway. Bruce Springsteen posted a letter on the news page of his official website that reads, in part:
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.”
Here's another snippet, where the Boss offers his thoughts on the criticism Obama has taken the last few weeks as a result of his crazy pastor and his remarks about small-town Americans clinging to guns and religion:
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, . . . 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.
We've known for some time that Barack is a fan of Springsteen, so Bruce giving this endorsement is a nice bit of closure. How cool must it be to run for President of the United States and get endorsed by your favorite rock star? If Obama gets elected, this means there's a chance he could be the first president not to have totally lame entertainment at his inaugural banquet. I can just see President Obama taking the stage, grabbing the microphone and saying, "Bill and Hillary thought they were the coolest cats in the country when they got Fleetwood Mac to play for them. Well, I've got them beat and then some! My fellow Americans, Bruce Motherfucking Springsteen and the E Street Band!"
And then the fun starts.