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.