- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton may have Elton John, but Sen. Barack Obama now has “The Boss.”

Bruce Springsteen wrote on his Web site today he’s supporting Mr. Obama for president. The “Born in the USA” singer is a musical hero to many, and could give the Illinois Democrat a boost among working class voters.

“Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest,” Mr. Springsteen told supporters.

“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,” Mr. Springsteen wrote, adding: “A place where ‘nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.’”

The rock legend lamented that “critics” have “tried to diminish” the presidential hopeful by exaggerating some 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 of 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,” he wrote.

He closed his note to fans with: “Over here on E Street, we’re proud to support Obama for President.”

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