As WLA commenter Reg has pointed out, today Bruce Springsteen has declared his support of Barack Obama for President.
So, are we supposed to care who this or that celebrity endorses the presidential race? Of course not! What do you take us for???
Unless it’s The Boss doing the endorsing. (I see the news is on the front page of the LA Times website. Normally I’d be critical of such celebrity-related pandering. But, in this case…[see aforementioned point.])
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.”
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, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams From My Father, 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.
After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.
“Still at the end of every hard earned day people find some reason to believe…”
By the way, Hillary Clinton just received the backing of Salsa icon, Willie Colon.