Boss Backing Obama

By Nitya

Apr 16, 2008 10:56am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller and Nitya Venkataraman Report: Legendary rocker Bruce Springsteen is throwing his support behind the presidential bid of Sen. Barack Obama, calling the Illinois Democrat "head and shoulders above the rest".

In a letter to fans on his website, the Boss said Obama "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,’" the iconic musician continued in his letter, quoting from his 2007 song "Long Road Home".

Known for powerful lyrics that detail the struggles of the working class in small town America, Springsteen’s endorsement comes at a time when Obama is fighting accusations of elitism and being out of touch with small town voters.

Recent Obama "comments and relationships" the Boss says in his letter to fans "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."

Only time will tell if Springsteen hits "The Rising" and "The Promised Land" will still be staple songs at former president Bill Clinton’s campaign rallies for his wife. Following her wins in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island on March 4, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. celebrated with Springsteen song "Land of Hope and Dreams" overhead in the ballroom.

During the 1984 presidential election, the liberal rocker objected to Republican incumbent President Ronald Reagan using one of his best-known hits "Born in the U.S.A.", a song that gave voice to the struggles of Vietnam War veterans.

During the 2004 election, Springsteen performed in MoveOn.org’s Vote for Change tour campaiging with a coaltion of musicians against the reelection of President George Bush.

ABC News Sarah Amos contributed to this report

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