Springsteen declares support for Obama

Bruce Springsteen has issued an open letter declaring his support for President Obama and his belief that Obama is the best choice to lead America. Springsteen joined the President at election rallies in Ohio and Iowa.

"Right now, we need a President who has a vision that includes all of our citizens, not just some," Springsteen wrote on his website, "whether they are our devastated poor, our pressured middle class, and yes, the wealthy too; whether they are male or female, black, white, brown, or yellow, straight or gay, civilian or military."

Springsteen was a conspicuous supporter of Obama at the 2008 election. The singer’s most recent album, Wrecking Ball, was one of his most political, lyrically scathing about the devastation caused by bankers.

"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," Springsteen wrote, probably unaware that he was borrowing the British PM David Cameron’s catchphrase. "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 letter marked a mood change from Springsteen, who had said that he would not be campaigning in 2012. He might have been spooked by recent polls suggesting that Republican Mitt Romney was closing the gap on Obama.

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