Springsteen warms up Madison crowd

2012-11-05T15:35:00Z 2012-11-06T12:11:32Z Springsteen warms up Madison crowdJEFF GLAZE | Wisconsin State Journal | jglaze@madison.com | 608-252-6138 madison.com

Rock 'n' roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen sang "No Surrender" and "The Promised Land" as the warm-up act for President Barack Obama during an election eve campaign stop in Madison in the shadow of the Capitol.

The Boss took the stage around 10:30 a.m. and introduced the president, but not before poking a little fun at him.

Springsteen said that after campaigning together four years ago, the president "got the idea that we're kind of buddies or something." Springsteen offered unverified stories of Obama calling him late at night to sing about his presidential debate blues or successes, and eventually asking for a campaign song.

Springsteen wrote a brief song for the day based on Obama's campaign slogan, "Forward." Though the song had little to do with politics, Springsteen seemed to enjoy poking fun at the president's slogan.

"Forward. That's better than backward or sideways. We don't want to see a bumper sticker that says 'Obama, sideways,'" he said.

While strumming his acoustic guitar, Springsteen declared Obama's victory sealed because of the song, which often struggled to find words to rhyme with "Obama."

On a more serious note, Springsteen told the crowd that his career has been built on writing about the distance between the American Dream and American reality. "Our vote tomorrow is the one undeniable way we get to determine the distance in that equation," he said.

Springsteen touted Obama's changes in health care and the scaling down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but urged patience in the wake of a slow economic recovery.

"I've lived long enough to know that the future is rarely a tide rushing in. It's often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. We are in the midst of one of those long days right now. I believe that President Obama feels those long days in his bones for all 100 percent of us," he said.

Springsteen introduced the president and handed him a guitar pick before exiting the stage. In total Springsteen was on for about 25 minutes.

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  1. Mitt4pres
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    Mitt4pres - November 05, 2012 9:49 pm
    Has been entertainer joins clueless black Jimmy Carter impersonator. That is a hard act to follow.
  2. ABunkerSuperPatriot
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    ABunkerSuperPatriot - November 05, 2012 5:37 pm
    When no one was looking, Obama was a humble community organizer fighting for poor Americans who had lost their jobs. Four years ago, his critics mocked him for that. Today, we see a lot has changed about him ... but not that. He is still fighting for those Americans who are hurting, and it gives me a measure of peace knowing that the person in charge of making tough budget cuts has a record of working with people who are hurting.
    I'm sure Mitt Romney is a decent man, and he's given millions to his church. But I can't shake the fact the self-proclaimed "son of Detroit" did not come around the city when it began to struggle in the 1980s. The great "job creator" did nothing for the city when it was hemorrhaging jobs in the 1990s and to this day he only seems to come around Detroit during election time.
    If this is how the "son" treats family, I can only imagine the disregard he holds for strangers. Actually I don't have to imagine. I watched the 47% video. The one that was taped when he thought no one outside of the room would be listening.
    This is why he's trailing in Michigan and Massachusetts, the two states to which he's most closely tied. It's not because he's Republican. The three Massachusetts governors before Romney were Republican, while four of the past six governors in Michigan were Republicans, including his father.
    He trails because the people there know him.
    They know his record. His real record.
    Not the manicured version he presents on the campaign trail, but the unabridged version he began writing before his life in politics began. The version all future politicians script with the decisions that they make.
    I'm not wearing blinders. I know Obama is just as flawed as Romney. He's a politician. How can he not be?
    But at the end of the day I'd rather have President Barack Obama in the White House, someone with a record of being about the work of helping others before he was in office, than Mitt Romney, someone who has a record of talking about it once he got there.

  3. Syte
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    Syte - November 05, 2012 3:52 pm
    Even Kerry/Springstein did way better than Obama/Springstein; Kerry/Springstein drew 75,000, compared with today’s only 18,000. For Madison, that rots.
    Obama seems to have lost three-quarters of his MADISON supporters!
    Heck, we have 40,000 undergrads downtown!
    Face it, Obama is not your regular Democrat.
    He’s an over-the-top radical extremist.
    Democrats are all jumping ship.
    They want someone who can get at least 1 Democrat to vote for his budget, unlike Obama.
    For more reasons why Democrats are all jumping ship, see http://sytereitz.com/2012/11/to-my-friends-who-are-democrats/
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