- The Washington Times - Monday, February 22, 2021

Former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen launched a podcast on Spotify Monday, less than two weeks after the legendary rockstar made headlines for a DWI arrest.

“Renegades: Born in the USA” is an eight-episode podcast featuring conversations between Mr. Obama and Mr. Springsteen, who have been friends since the 2008 presidential campaign, Spotify said in a statement.

“It is a personal, in-depth discussion between two friends exploring their pasts, their beliefs, and the country that they love — as it was, as it is, and as it ought to be going forward,” Spotify said, noting that the two men “have formed a deep friendship since they first met on the campaign trail in 2008,” NBC News reported.

The podcast, which will air exclusively on Spotify, was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground.

“On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have a lot in common. But over the years, what we’ve found is that we’ve got a shared sensibility,” Mr. Obama said in the first show, which debuted Monday afternoon, Deadline reported. “About work, about family and about America. In our own ways, Bruce and I have been on parallel journeys trying to understand this country that’s given us both so much. Trying to chronicle the stories of its people. Looking for a way to connect our own individual searches for meaning and truth and community with the larger story of America.”

The news comes less than two weeks after Mr. Springsteen made headlines for a drunken driving arrest in November. The 71-year-old “Glory Days” singer was charged with a DWI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol in a closed area after he was arrested Nov. 14 at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. 

The news of Mr. Springsteen arrest broke just three days after he starred in Jeep’s Super Bowl ad calling on Americans to meet “in the middle.” Jeep pulled down the ad on Feb. 11 and denounced drunk driving.

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