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Bruce Springsteen off the bill at Barack Obama speech
The Telegraph ^ | August 27, 2008 | Alex Spillius

Posted on 08/27/2008 11:18:46 AM PDT by Schnucki

Bruce Springsteen will not be performing at Barack Obama's closing speech, his campaign said, as the Democratic candidate seeks to avoid association with celebrities.

In a break with recent tradition, the Democratic National Convention will be free of major performing artists after Republicans have successfully turned Mr Obama's surging popularity against him.

The 2004 convention featured cameos from Patti LaBelle, Willie Nelson, the Black Eyed Peas and Carole King, while in 2000 Stevie Wonder and Luther Vandross played in the main convention hall.

Earlier in the week Obama aides said Springsteen was to perform a short acoustic set at the 76,000-seater Invesco Field stadium where the Illinois senator will formally accept the party's presidential nomination on Thursday night. Other reports said Jon Bon Jovi had also been asked to sing.

But sources within the campaign said that the New Jersey-born rocker, who is a strong Obama backer, would not be singing, and denied that there had ever been any plans.

"Bruce Springsteen will not be performing at the convention. There have been some inaccurate reports out there on this; just wanted to set the record straight," a spokesman said.

In a further sign of confusion within the Obama ranks about the presentation of his big night, it emerged that he will deliver his speech from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple, a setting that could easily lead to charges of an over-inflated ego.

The decision to exclude pop singers indicates how Republican rival Senator John McCain's effort to turn Mr Obama's fame into a weakness has rattled the Democrat's campaign. In the wake of Mr Obama's speech before 200,000 in Berlin, Mr McCain released an advert likening Obama to gossip-page perennials Paris Hilton and Britney Spears.

Hollywood stars including Ben Affleck, Josh Brolin, Annette Bening and Spike

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; bonjovi; celebrity; elites; invescofield; music; nevermind; obama; springsteen; theboss
the Democratic candidate seeks to avoid association with celebrities.

LOL!

1 posted on 08/27/2008 11:18:47 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

He threw the Boss under the bus?


2 posted on 08/27/2008 11:23:13 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (http://dontgomovement.com/)
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To: Schnucki

“...the Democratic candidate seeks to avoid association with celebrities.”

Clearly, J. Sidney has B. Hussein “on the run”.

Let’s keep it that way.


3 posted on 08/27/2008 11:23:17 AM PDT by WayneS (What the hell is wrong with these people?)
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To: Schnucki

Maybe “Born in the USA” isn’t apropos after all.

ROFL


4 posted on 08/27/2008 11:23:24 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: Schnucki

Oh, man, this just keeps getting better and better. They really ARE that desperate now aren’t they? Since when does Obama play DOWN his associations with celebrities? I guess McCain’s ads are hitting them WAY harder than they’d care to admit!


5 posted on 08/27/2008 11:23:31 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (BLOG: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

ROFL — nice one... :-)


6 posted on 08/27/2008 11:24:10 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (BLOG: http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com ~ Anti-Obama Gear: http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: Schnucki

I would bet it has more to do with him performing at Harley Fest in Milwaukee Saturday than anything. Also would guess somebody advised staying out of a mess like that...he’s going to be playing for McCain supporters.


7 posted on 08/27/2008 11:24:22 AM PDT by MNlurker
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To: Corin Stormhands

“He threw the Boss under the bus?”

LOL!

I bet they still play a song though.


8 posted on 08/27/2008 11:25:27 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: Corin Stormhands
He threw the Boss under the bus?

That's not going to go over well in places like W Va or Pa. Guess they'll just bitterly cling to their music, guns and religion.

9 posted on 08/27/2008 11:26:47 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (Define yourself by what you do, not by your ideology, belief, origins, genitals, etc ....)
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To: Schnucki

Guess the stage isn’t big enough for “The Boss and “The One”

May I suggest the “East Coast Avengers.” They’re certainly not celebrities and much more in tune to the Obama message.


10 posted on 08/27/2008 11:27:43 AM PDT by wilco200 (Typical White Person)
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To: Corin Stormhands

The Boss will meet Ludacris under the bus.


11 posted on 08/27/2008 11:28:37 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Schnucki

President Osama dropped kicked Springsteen into Pluto’s orbit because President Osama is The Boss, nuff said.


12 posted on 08/27/2008 11:30:45 AM PDT by kcm.org (DRILL LOS ANGLES--DRILL NOW!!!!)
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To: xp38

The Boss and Ludacris are cutting a new album, “Boys In The band, Under The Bus.”


13 posted on 08/27/2008 11:32:01 AM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Fire the CIA and hire the Free Clinic, someone who knows how to stop leaks.)
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To: Schnucki

Obamanation only wants to associate with celeb’s money. You know, “those rich white folks.” That’s gotta leave teeth marks in Springsteen’s butt. LOL!


14 posted on 08/27/2008 11:32:28 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (A TAXPAYER VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA IS LIKE A CHICKEN VOTING FOR COLONEL SANDERS!)
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To: Schnucki

The Dems now are running scared of another McCain ad hitting them hard.


15 posted on 08/27/2008 11:34:07 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Schnucki

The Dems now are running scared of another McCain ad hitting them hard.


16 posted on 08/27/2008 11:34:26 AM PDT by Biggirl (A biggirl with a big heart for God's animal creation, with 4 cats in my life as proof. =^..^==^..^=)
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To: Schnucki
The decision to exclude pop singers indicates how Republican rival Senator John McCain's effort to turn Mr Obama's fame into a weakness has rattled the Democrat's campaign.

McCain Campaign's best political jujitsu move.

17 posted on 08/27/2008 11:34:31 AM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Maybe “Born in the USA” isn’t apropos after all.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! LOL Very clever!! :o)

18 posted on 08/27/2008 11:35:33 AM PDT by NRA2BFree (A TAXPAYER VOTING FOR BARACK OBAMA IS LIKE A CHICKEN VOTING FOR COLONEL SANDERS!)
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To: Schnucki
Oscar-winner George Clooney, an avowed Obama supporter, even took the unusual step of issuing a statement to deny he was in regular contact with the presumptive Democratic candidate.

"I have never texted or emailed Senator Obama," Mr Clooney said recently. "And I'll offer a million dollars to anyone who could prove otherwise."

This sounds more like Clinton-speak than any distancing ... note the "regular" specification as to contact and the offer of a million dollars to prove that HE hasn't texted or emailed Obama. Doesn't mean you haven't actually received them, George.

19 posted on 08/27/2008 11:35:35 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: A_Former_Democrat

comment of the day!


20 posted on 08/27/2008 11:35:41 AM PDT by Blogger
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To: Schnucki

So is Bon Jovi still going to perform?


21 posted on 08/27/2008 11:35:49 AM PDT by pnz1
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To: Schnucki
In a further sign of confusion within the Obama ranks about the presentation of his big night, it emerged that he will deliver his speech from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple, a setting that could easily lead to charges of an over-inflated ego.

Did I miss something? Since when did building a dime-store Olympus to house your messiah complex become a bad thing?

As an unrelated question, if, during his coronation, Obama walked out to the paper-mache altar, dagger in hand, and asked for volunteers for human sacrifice, in order to defeat Bush/McCain, clease the soul of the earth, and roll back climate change, how many do you think he'd get? (ballpark guess, to a + or - 50 margin of error)

22 posted on 08/27/2008 11:39:23 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate" Ibn Warraq)
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To: WayneS

He is inside Obamas OODA loop.


23 posted on 08/27/2008 11:39:37 AM PDT by Dog (We have entered into the realm of 9/10 all over again...Lord help us.)
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To: Schnucki

Already had one white guy performing (Bon Jovi).

Can’t let things get too white there. Gotta keep the blacks happy on the liberal plantation, keep ‘em entertained.

Looking down the listed musicians, I mean, you really think Kerry listens to the Black Eyed Peas? Really? Like that is the first thing he wants to pipe through his energy sucking mansion? Really think Gore was smitten with Luther Vandross? I know a lot of black female libs would be. Not Gore-ack.


24 posted on 08/27/2008 11:40:16 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Schnucki

“..the Democratic candidate seeks to avoid association with celebrities.”

“We don’t to be viewed like those cultish Scientology people.” /sarc


25 posted on 08/27/2008 11:41:32 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: pnz1
So is Bon Jovi still going to perform?

Yes, Bon Jovi will be there. Obama is only worried about being seen with actual celebrities.

Bada bing!

26 posted on 08/27/2008 11:42:20 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("There are moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate" Ibn Warraq)
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To: MNlurker

I also think its the Milwaukee performance.
Tickets still available
Bikes are really starting to roll in now
I’ve seen plates from Tennesse, Michigan, Colorado; although Colorado might be just to get the hell out of Denver
So many bikes, must be the recession, you know, bad economic times
I live around a local dealership (House of Harley)
Five city blocks of street festival, it should be a wild time
I’m sure my husband will be there watching the bikini bike wash


27 posted on 08/27/2008 11:43:46 AM PDT by mouse1
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To: Steel Wolf

From a crowd of 100,000, he’d get about 230 volunteers, 190 of them women.


28 posted on 08/27/2008 11:43:57 AM PDT by WayneS (What the hell is wrong with these people?)
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To: Steel Wolf

Even if he only got half of 1% to go along with it...that’s still 375 people, give or take.


29 posted on 08/27/2008 11:43:58 AM PDT by Huck (Warning: This post may contain spelling and/or grammatical errors.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

LOL. Nice.


30 posted on 08/27/2008 11:48:10 AM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Schnucki

Looks like the Obama campaign got caught in another “CAT-5 Schmidt Storm”.


31 posted on 08/27/2008 11:50:54 AM PDT by LoneStarGI
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To: A_Former_Democrat

“Born to run”....from his history.


32 posted on 08/27/2008 11:51:05 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Truth : Liberals :: Kryptonite : Superman)
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To: Schnucki
Looks like someone finally opened the scrapbook from the last election. Remember this Hollywood billboard?

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33 posted on 08/27/2008 11:52:42 AM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: Schnucki
"he will deliver his speech from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple"

TOGA TOGA TOGA!!!!! Party like it 450.....BC!!!

Celebrities Out......Offerings In!!!!!!!!

34 posted on 08/27/2008 11:53:08 AM PDT by BossLady (People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. ~Carl Jung)
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To: Sax
Damn - That's huge!

(well, I guess it is a billboard.)

35 posted on 08/27/2008 11:53:54 AM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: Schnucki

“The decision to exclude pop singers indicates how Republican rival Senator John McCain’s effort to turn Mr Obama’s fame into a weakness has rattled the Democrat’s campaign.”

So in an effort to avoid that weakness he has decided to evoke Greek gods. This move makes him look far more serious. He knows McCain can’t put Paris Hilton in a toga to mock him.


36 posted on 08/27/2008 11:55:07 AM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: Schnucki

Who cares? When was the last time Springsteen put out anything worth listening too? Instead of picking up where born in the U.S.A. left off, he’s put out one crappy record after another. I’d ban him from my convention too.


37 posted on 08/27/2008 11:56:27 AM PDT by mainerforglobalwarming
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To: Schnucki

“as the Democratic candidate seeks to avoid association with celebrities.”

Another demographic under the bus. It appears that all of the fawning and gushing of the MSM and Hollywood elitists is beginning to backlash. Maybe the media will try to return to journalism and Hollywood will go back to what it knows best-make believe.


38 posted on 08/27/2008 11:58:13 AM PDT by Spok (Whatever you say about McCain, it must be admitted that he's no B. Hussein Obama.)
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To: Corin Stormhands
He threw the Boss under the bus?

I have a feeling the Boss thru BO under the bus! Even he is embarassed to be seen at this circus!!!

39 posted on 08/27/2008 11:59:44 AM PDT by blondee123 (NO-BAMA for President in 2008!!!)
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To: MozarkDawg
"I have never texted or emailed Senator Obama," Mr Clooney said recently. "And I'll offer a million dollars to anyone who could prove otherwise."

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

So where do I go to collect?

40 posted on 08/27/2008 12:03:00 PM PDT by Sax (this idea was not a practical deterrent, for reasons which, at this moment, must be all too obvious)
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To: BossLady
TOGA TOGA TOGA!!!!! Party like it 450.....BC!!!

Sorry BossLady, Spike Lee sez it can't be BC...time must now be qualified as BB (Before Barack) or AB (After Barrack).

Will fronds of arugala be waved?

41 posted on 08/27/2008 12:10:22 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)
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To: Schnucki

One of my happiest and most endearing memories of the 2004 election night is remembering the looks of stunned disbelief in Boston’s Copley Square as Jon Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Carole King and other has-been rockers performed on a stage while these dope-addled rockers were waiting for Jean Francois Kerri’s rousing victory speech. It was priceless


42 posted on 08/27/2008 12:26:22 PM PDT by Larry381 (A community in Chicago is missing an Indonesian)
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To: PennsylvaniaMom
So right now would supposedly be right before the BB/AB changeover.....would I need to get a new watch??? LOL! ;)

Laurels Out!!! Organic Arugula In!!!!

All Hail Bacchus!!!! ;)

43 posted on 08/27/2008 12:29:56 PM PDT by BossLady (People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to avoid facing their own soul. ~Carl Jung)
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To: Schnucki
They need this guy


44 posted on 08/27/2008 12:33:52 PM PDT by woofie
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To: Corin Stormhands

He used the Boss to lure in the crowds.


45 posted on 08/27/2008 12:42:51 PM PDT by Shermy (Barry O'Java - Joe Blah '08 (Carbon Credits and Credit Card Fee Increases Guaranteed))
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To: Shermy

Milli Vanilli would be more appropriate.


46 posted on 08/27/2008 12:43:55 PM PDT by AU72
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To: Schnucki

Maybe they read FR. We were all making fun of the fact Barrack was once again going to have bands before and after his speech tomorrow. I guess they don’t think coming out of Greek like structure seems celebrity like, someone said he was going to rise up on a elevator. What a bunch of clowns.


47 posted on 08/27/2008 12:53:13 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Nailbiter

ping


48 posted on 08/27/2008 1:42:56 PM PDT by IncPen (We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass ...)
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To: BossLady
Obama just doesn't want to be President...he wants to be Zeus.
49 posted on 08/27/2008 6:12:43 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (I am still bitter.)
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