Barack and The Boss

Bruce Springsteen played at an Obama voter registration rally in Philadelphia. The Democrats have registered 1.2 million new voters in Pennsylvania this year. The Boss had a few comments to the crowd.

I am glad to be here today for this voter registration drive and for Barack Obama, the next President of the United States. I’ve spent 35 years writing about America, its people, and the meaning of the American Promise. The Promise that was handed down to us, right here in this city from our founding fathers, with one instruction: Do your best to make these things real. Opportunity, equality, social and economic justice, a fair shake for all of our citizens, the American idea, as a positive influence, around the world for a more just and peaceful existence. These are the things that give our lives hope, shape, and meaning. They are the ties that bind us together and give us faith in our contract with one another.

I’ve spent most of my creative life measuring the distance between that American promise and American reality. For many Americans, who are today losing their jobs, their homes, seeing their retirement funds disappear, who have no healthcare, or who have been abandoned in our inner cities. The distance between that promise and that reality has never been greater or more painful.

I believe Senator Obama has taken the measure of that distance in his own life and in his work. I believe he understands, in his heart, the cost of that distance, in blood and suffering, in the lives of everyday Americans. I believe as president, he would work to restore that promise to so many of our fellow citizens who have justifiably lost faith in its meaning. After the disastrous administration of the past 8 years, we need someone to lead us in an American reclamation project. In my job, I travel the world, and occasionally play big stadiums, just like Senator Obama. I’ve continued to find, wherever I go, America remains a repository of peoples hopes, possibilities, and desires, and that despite the terrible erosion to our standing around the world, accomplished by our recent administration, we remain, for many, a house of dreams. One thousand George Bushes and one thousand Dick Cheneys will never be able to tear that house down.

They will, however, be leaving office, dropping the national tragedies of Katrina, Iraq, and our financial crisis in our laps. Our sacred house of dreams has been abused, looted, and left in a terrible state of disrepair. It needs care; it needs saving, it needs defending against those who would sell it down the river for power or a quick buck. It needs strong arms, hearts, and minds. It needs someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, temperateness, deliberativeness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us rebuild our house once again. But most importantly, it needs us. You and me. To build that house with the generosity that is at the heart of the American spirit. A house that is truer and big enough to contain the hopes and dreams of all of our fellow people by our ability to accomplish this task. Now I don’t know about you, but I want that dream back, I want my America back, I want my country back.

So now is the time to stand with Barack Obama and Joe Biden, roll up our sleeves, and come on up for the rising.

This entry was posted in Barack Obama, Entertainment, Music, Politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

0 Responses to Barack and The Boss

  1. Patrick says:

    I nominate Springsteen as the next Poet Laureate of the US. Those are powerful, meaningful words and express the hopes of millions of us.

  2. Jason says:

    That is a wonderful speech, and speaks to the heart of what the Obama campaign is about. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. craig says:

    WOW. Truer words have never been spoken, and it goes to The Boss to express what so many of us have been feeling, and why this is the election of a lifetime. I’ll be back on the pavement tomorrow here in Virginia, doing anything and everything I can to swing this state onto a more correct and just path, in support of “taking back our country.”

  4. Dan says:

    Eh. First I’m no Springsteen fan. I can already feel the wrath in response to that, after I said I wasn’t a Carlin fan. His music has been tepid and schmaltzy for a long time now in my opinion. And he assumes the mantle of His Holiness the High Pontiff of Rock with a little too much self-entitlement. In my opinion.

    Though I mostly agree with the things he said, I’m still no big fan of celebrities using their prominence to make political statements. And I’m no more swayed by sappy phrases like “our sacred house of dreams” when they come from the left than when they come from the right. I’m a cynic. All political talk about the “sacred” leaves me cold.

    In fact, too much rhetoric this time around has been a matter of the Democrats co-opting the language of the Republicans and claiming it for their own.

    (Disclaimer for those about to rip me a new one:)

    In my opinion.

  5. John Kelly says:

    @ Dan,
    No need to rip. If you think about it the language you complain about is vague enough, or at least general enough, to be “of the Democrats”, or “of Americans” just as well. Compare words to actions and you may see, as I do, that Republicans, and admittedly may Democrats, treat these phrases with utmost hypocrisy. I believe that is due to the impact of politics (the compromises necessary to get into office corrupt ones values) and a terribly confluence of cynicism and greed (“as long as I’m here in DC and pissing into the wind of an obstructionist Congress I might as well get my own”).

  6. John Kelly says:

    oops – “many Democrats”, “terrible confluence”.
    (maybe not the best conjunction) 😉

Leave a Reply