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President Obama calls Springsteen rock 'n' roll laureate
NJ.com ^ | December 07, 2009, 10:45AM | Jay Lustig/The Star-Ledger

Posted on 12/07/2009 2:16:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise

Here is what President Obama said about Springsteen:

Finally, we honor the quiet kid from Jersey ... who grew up to become the rock 'n' roll laureate of a generation. For in the life of our country only a handful of people have tapped the full power of music to tell the real American story -- with honesty; from the heart; and one of those people is Bruce Springsteen...

It's no wonder that his tours are not so much concerts, but communions. There's a place for everybody -- the sense that no matter who you are or what you do, everyone deserves their shot at the American Dream; everybody deserves a little bit of dignity; everybody deserves to be heard.

I've seen it myself. Bruce was a great fan -- a great friend over the last year, and when I watched him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when he rocked the National Mall before my inauguration, I thought it captured as well as anything the spirit of what America should be about. On a day like that, and today, I remember: I'm the President, but he's The Boss.

And Bruce continues to inspire, along with his "house-rocking, earth-shaking" E Street Band. At 60 years old, he's still filling stadiums, still whipping fans into a frenzy, still surfing the crowd, still jumping off pianos, and still reaching new fans, and still being nominated for Grammys. It's been a long road from that stage at Stone Pony in Asbury Park to this stage today, but this much we know -- after more than 30 years and 120 million albums sold, Bruce Springsteen is still one "cool rockin' daddy."

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 15minutesoffame; brucespringsteen; bruuuuce; cultofpersonality; emperornoclothes; emptysuit; fans; glowbama; obamafanclub; obamalegacy; obamania; springsteen

1 posted on 12/07/2009 2:16:54 PM PST by a fool in paradise
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Big Guy and Rusty 99; Brian Allen; cgk; ...

“Bruce was a great fan — a great friend over the last year”

Obama’s “fan”, Bruuuuuuce.


2 posted on 12/07/2009 2:18:06 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Was Springsteen at Pearl Harbor?


3 posted on 12/07/2009 2:19:07 PM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: a fool in paradise

I never liked Springsteen and his phony working class shtick. Never thought his music was any better than mid-tier. Figures another phony would like him... or at least say he likes him.


4 posted on 12/07/2009 2:19:26 PM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Never cared for Springsteen...


5 posted on 12/07/2009 2:19:41 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: a fool in paradise
I've seen it myself. Bruce was a great fan -- a great friend over the last year, and when I watched him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when he rocked the National Mall before my inauguration, I thought it captured as well as anything the spirit of what America should be about. On a day like that, and today, I remember: I'm the President, but he's The Boss.

No matter what the occasion the Narcissist in Chief ALWAYS makes it about himself. Why the big deal about Springstein? When Born to Run came out he was probably studying at the madras in Indonesia anyway.

6 posted on 12/07/2009 2:21:53 PM PST by YankeeReb (There's no such thing as Free Health care OR a JOBLESS RECOVERY)
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To: a fool in paradise

If Obama thinks this is going to get him back the NJ vote he’s nuts.


7 posted on 12/07/2009 2:22:18 PM PST by dblshot
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To: Sacajaweau

Keep in mind this “working class hero” didn’t bother to show up at the 911 concert in NYC due to some prior commitment.


8 posted on 12/07/2009 2:24:18 PM PST by Col Frank Slade
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To: a fool in paradise

One more reason I despise Springsteen.


9 posted on 12/07/2009 2:25:06 PM PST by ronnyquest (That's what governments are for: to get in a man's way.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The Bruce’s image was as carefully drafted (by his manager Jon Landau, of Fusion and Rolling Stone mag’s fame, as well as of the Titanic movie later on) as that of Tiger Woods’.


10 posted on 12/07/2009 2:26:36 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: a fool in paradise
I personally think they are both useless eaters who talk too much.

May they both have long happy lives out of the public arena as soon as possible.

We as a country (and Kenya, too) have much better examples of what truly fine citizens are.

11 posted on 12/07/2009 2:28:51 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth...)
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To: a fool in paradise

How the heck many parties has Bambi had since he’s become prez? He’s obviously so thrilled to be around “celebrities” that he just can’t get enough of them. Meanwhile, in the rest of the country...


12 posted on 12/07/2009 2:32:55 PM PST by livius
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To: Col Frank Slade
"Keep in mind this “working class hero” didn’t bother to show up at the 911 concert in NYC due to some prior commitment."

Springsteen has NEVER done a USO performance - not one. That should tell you all you need to know about Bruuuuuce.

13 posted on 12/07/2009 2:34:50 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Obamacare - So bad, even Joe Lieberman isn't going to vote for it.)
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To: a fool in paradise

If he’s for the everyday working man, why do they call him “The Boss”?


14 posted on 12/07/2009 2:36:47 PM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: a fool in paradise

...”I’ve seen it myself. Bruce was a great fan — a great friend over the last year, and when I watched him on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when he rocked the National Mall before my inauguration, I thought it captured as well as anything the spirit of what America should be about. On a day like that, and today, I remember: I’m the President, but he’s The Boss.”...

Six first-person references to himself in 2 sentences. Obama is unreal.

By the way, Springsteen owes his entire career to the real originator of RnR - Chuck Berry. My guess is Barack Obama doesn’t know much about Chuck Berry, and wouldn’t know about Springsteen except for his (Springsteen’s) support of leftist causes and monetary donations.

Fraud.


15 posted on 12/07/2009 2:40:43 PM PST by astounded (The democrat party is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: Seruzawa

“...phony working class shtick.”

Oh you mean like all the people who tell me his songs have such meaning, in the meanwhile they’ve never been on a hog (nor do they know what that means), never been under the hood of a car, and NEVER dated anyone named Rosalita… guess it was way too comfy living at home listening to Springsteen albums!


16 posted on 12/07/2009 3:25:36 PM PST by I.M.Right_n_U.R.Wrong (The outcome, however clouded it may appear at times, remains inevitable. J. Franklin)
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To: Sacajaweau

I have never liked him and if people would listen to the lyrics of his songs like...Born in USA, they would realize that he, like Obama, hates this country!
Just love these people who made millions off the capitalist system being against it!


17 posted on 12/07/2009 4:47:14 PM PST by Cricket24 (Conservatives Only...NO RINO'S!!!!!!!!!!)
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Of course Obowma loves the POS who told his draft board he was a homo.


18 posted on 12/07/2009 9:34:34 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: astounded

James Brown was very proud of America. Not just in his last hit song, “Living In America”, but throughout his career. He knew that if you apply yourself, you can get ahead in this country like no other.

But that call for self-reliance is counter to the DNC message.

Also see:
America Is My Home (pt 1 and 2)
I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open up the door, I’ll get it myself)


19 posted on 12/08/2009 8:25:33 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: astounded

But the America that Chuck Berry sang of, cars, school, and girls is outmoded. Get out onboard the peoplemover, comrade!


20 posted on 12/08/2009 8:26:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: livius

The number of Jews permitted at the Obama White House Chanukah event is 400, down from 800 in the Bush White House.

Reportedly the Obama White House is cutting the number of Jews because of “the economy”. Hasn’t cut the Obama entertainment budget I see.


21 posted on 12/08/2009 8:36:22 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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To: a fool in paradise

I know what you are saying, and it’s too bad, for America. In my view, Chuck Berry was a genius musically and lyrically. I am amazed at the complexity of the lyrics, like “School Days”, sheer genius. He used words with multiple syllables, used words that one would never expect to hear in a rock and roll song, let alone coming from the mouth of a black man from St. Louis, Missouri.

He is far more influential than Springsteen could ever hope to be, in my view.


22 posted on 12/08/2009 1:29:24 PM PST by astounded (The democrat party is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: astounded

Chuck Berry found impressionable fans in The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and others. Each who sounded nothing like the other band.

Who did Bruce Springsteen begat? John Cougar Mellencamp?

By the way, Bruce seemed most successful when he was writing songs for other musicians (but he always took them back). Fire was written for Link Wray. Hungry Heart was written for the Ramones.

And we all know now that Courtney Cox was a plant in the audience when she danced on stage with Bruuuce in that Dancing in the Dark music video from the 1980s.


23 posted on 12/08/2009 1:35:53 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Question authority!Who is the University of East Anglia to drive the 'Global Climate Change' agenda?)
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