Live: Bruce Springsteen campaigns with Bill Clinton for President Obama in Parma, Ohio, at 12 p.m. ET
The Boss endorses President Obama on his blog, hours before appearing with former president Bill Clinton at a rally in Parma, Ohio. (Live video of that event is above.) Back in February, Springsteen suggested that he might not perform for Obama during this campaign, as he did in 2008. "I prefer to stay on the sidelines," he said. The blog post explains why he changed his mind. He writes:
For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together. We’re still living through very hard times but justice, equality and real freedom are not always a tide rushing in. They are more often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day. I believe President Obama feels these days in his bones and has the strength to live them with us and to lead us to a country “… where no one crowds you and no one goes it alone.”
The "nobody crowds you and nobody goes it alone" line comes from the song "Long Walk Home," from Springsteen's 2007 album "Magic."
“We’re thrilled of course that he’s out there," Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday. "Who’s better than Bruce Springsteen to get young people and people who are not young anymore excited?"
The Post's Rosalind Helderman is at the Springsteen/Clinton event; follow her for updates here.
Doors have opened to public at Springsteen/Clinton in Parma, Ohio. People are *sprinting* to grab spots close to the stage.
— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) Oct. 18, 2012