Even Barack Obama can’t tame the Boss

October 17, 2008

Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel teamed up for the first time on Thursday night for a concert to raise money for the Democrats’ presidential campaign — and kept the Illinois senator waiting in the wings for nearly an hour as they plowed through their songbooks for a happy crowd of donors.
 
The marathon 3-hour show for nearly 2,000 fans at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, where tickets started at $500 and ran to $10,000, included backup help for Springsteen and Joel from Springsteen’s wife Patti Scialfa, singers John Legend and India Arie and Joel’s band.
 
The two aging rockers traded songs through the night, and by the time presidential contender Barack Obama bruce.jpgarrived for a speech that was supposed to close the concert the pair was just getting warmed up.
 
Springsteen sprawled across Joel’s piano for “Spirit in the Night,” calling out the chord changes to Joel as he went along. Joel played “New York State of Mind” and “Allentown” — his version, not Springsteen’s.
 
“The Piano Man is gonna become the Guitar Man now — anything can happen,” Springsteen said when Joel grabbed a guitar as they kicked off “Glory Days.”
 
Springsteen dedicated “Born to Run” to Obama before clambering up and making a closing leap from Joel’s piano — and rushing back to dramatically clean the scuff marks off it.
 
John Legend and India Arie were featured on the closing version of Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” before Obama arrived to declare it “a magical evening.”
 
“Sorry, Bruce and Billy, but I grew up with you all. They are musical icons,” he said, as Springsteen, Joel and the other musicians huddled in the corner of the stage to listen.  “They are the finest musicians of our generation,” he said. “They can tell stories about our lives that resonate in ways a speech won’t do.”
 
As he had all day, Obama warned the crowd against overconfidence heading into the Nov. 4 election. “Don’t underestimate the capacity of Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” he said. “Don’t underestimate our ability to screw it up.”
 
With that, Obama reprised his own greatest hit — his story, rarely heard these days, which ends with him leading the crowd in chants of “Fired Up! Ready to Go!”
 
He was then joined on stage by his wife Michelle, and the couple danced and clapped along to Springsteen and Joel’s version of the song that now closes Obama rallies — Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”

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Photo credit: REUTERS/Allen Frederickson (file photo of Springsteen performing in Wisconsin in January 2008)

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YouTube Video of Democratic NY Governor who CAN’T Name Any Obama Accomplishments!

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/10/16/ the-brainy-governor-of-new-york-cant-nam e-any-obama-accomplishments

I sure wish I could have been at that concert. Did some enterprising soul record it for a DVD for general sale?

I have been a Boss fan since the beginning of time.

Posted by Marilyn | Report as abusive

Thank God it is time for America to have a change. Of course, the rich will always be richer but the democrats have a more humane face. the George Bush republicans are pure devil-evil.

Posted by kuru | Report as abusive

Democrats are so gullable! to vote in a man with no resume, Socialistic views, I resent my wealth being redistributed!
I just don’t get it!

Posted by Pamela | Report as abusive

Pamela, go look up Socialism.
You should be shocked to find out that we have had socialistic aspects in our country for years. This whole call Obama a socialist is an old and played out card.

The 700 Billion dollar bank buyouy was itself an act of Socialism. McCain supported it as well.
Guess your candidate is a bit of a Socialist too then.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Obama used Wednesday’s debate as an excellent opportunity to explain his programs & policies, point by logical point. McCain used the debate to attack Obama & parrot the same old Bush-Reagan dogma of deregulation that has led us into the current worldwide economic meltdown.

McCain’s extensive use of “Joe the Plumber” (the man’s real first name turns out to be Samuel) was obviously well rehearsed, and aimed at diverting attention from Sarah Palin’s insulting, and very unpopular characterization of (white) working men as “Joe Sixpack”!

Samuel’s (“Joe’s”) second role was to discredit Obama as anti-small business, yet it turns out the man is neither a licensed plumber, nor a business owner, and also doesn’t earn anywhere near $250,000., which would make him exempt from Obama’s health care levy anyway.

Of course McCain and his Rove-boys knew this guy’s cover would be blown after the debate (Samuel is now hiding out incognito somewhere), but as always, they cynically bet that Fox News won’t tell, and that 95% of the public won’t learn the facts.

But who won the debate anyway?

The fact is that McCain sealed his fate Wednesday night, despite the “plumber Joe” ploy, by proving himself stale & lacking on policies to bring our country forward. I’m sure, however, that Obama, as President, will work constructively with Senator McCain and the Republicans to advance our country.

Oh, one more point. Regarding Palin, even John McCain, for all his “praise”, couldn’t bring it over his tongue to state that he considers Palin qualified to be President, were something to happen to him. That’s significant.

Obama said he’ll leave it up to the voters to decide. We have. While it might be fun to drink a Joe-six-pack with her, that’s not what she’s running for. The vast majority of Americans can recognize someone in way over their head, and have no doubts Palin is utterly unqualified for high office.

Americans – the future of our country hangs in the balance! In less than 3 weeks, we can put an end to this sickening era of Rove-style ploys, stunts, slime, sleaze, and culture wars, and begin the hard work of repairing the immense damage these thieves and scoundrels have done to our country and our people. But each of us must go to the trouble of actually voting!

On Tues., Nov. 4th we need a massive turnout of citizens, and a landslide victory, because we know the Republicans will again try to steal this election at the polling stations, just like in 2000 and 2004.

So, people, please find the strength and courage to vote Obama/Biden into office before it’s too late for all of us, please vote early, or please plan ahead and allocate enough time to vote on Election Day, Tues., Nov. 4th!

Obama has done nothing …except wear nice suits and give nice speeches…we need a leader not a P.R. man.

Posted by oldewok | Report as abusive

Pamela, like so many other anti-Obama posters before you, you cannot spell. The word is GULLIBLE. Look it up.

The “man with no resume” has 20 years of public service, and nearly 12 years in State and Federal office. Unlike the Republican VP candidate, he is smart, capable and visionary. He will make a very good president.

Don’t worry, your wealth is safe. I doubt someone with your spelling deficiencies makes over $250k a year.

Posted by Claudia | Report as abusive

“Joe The plumber” was a fraud like Palin.(Unlicensed, tax cheat, without the basic knowledge of the candidates’ policies).
McCain has proven himself to be a pretty lousy judge of the people he wants to work with (Dubya is included).
You may not be “Dubya” but you’re at least 90% Dubya, Sen. McCain.

Posted by Rgoalierob | Report as abusive

The concert sounds like the kick the presidential campaign needed, all in the spirit of unity towards moving forward in this country, not backwards as McCain seems to prefer. Choosing Palin was a joke. The last thing we need to move ahead is a joke of any kind, in any way. The U.S. is in a very serious financial crisis, and from what I have heard on the news lately and have read about the economy on Professor Poulini’s website, Poulini’s Global Economy, the U.S. will be in a 10 year slump due to our massive financial mess (created by our current administration). Of course, economists also point out, that no matter who takes the White House, bringing the U.S. out of debt will take a long time. The U.S. needs a presidential cabinet who will take the U.S. forward with vision, dignity and great enthusiasm, much like Bruce Springsteen’s concerts have thrilled millions fans for decades.

Posted by good day | Report as abusive

Oldewok,
You said, \”Obama has done nothing …except wear nice suits and give nice speeches…we need a leader not a P.R. man\”.
I must respectfully disagree. Remember Reagan? After The Gipper, he was/is most remembered as The Great Communicator. The ability to communicate with the American people and to remain strong but composed in negotiations is a vitally important aspect of leadership. Whether you agree or disagree with policies comes first of course, but don\’t dismiss the importance of being able to connect with people. Without that, the best ideas go nowhere.

Posted by Carl | Report as abusive