Springsteen Thinks Obama's Born to Run! (Ha?)

Those of us on the campaign beat spend our days sifting through the ridiculous number of press releases the Clinton and Obama campaigns send our way. I received eleven last Sunday -- Sunday, people! The best? "PA Sportsmen Hold Conference Call to Discuss Patronizing Tone From Senator Clinton." Ouch. I'd rather have spent my day in Business Conduct training than have to listen in on that one.

The Obama campaign has been attempting to fend off the firestorm created when their man referred to small-town Pennsylvanians as "bitter," saying that they "cling to guns or religion." And today the camp might have scored the greatest coup of all: an endorsement from the true ambassador of small-town America, Bruce Springsteen!

The full release from the Boss himself, after the jump.

Dear Friends and Fans:

Like most of you, I've been following the campaign and I have now seen and heard enough to know where I stand. Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest. He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. 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. A place where "...nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone."

At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain 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.

After the terrible damage done over the past eight years, a great American reclamation project needs to be undertaken. I believe that Senator Obama is the best candidate to lead that project and to lead us into the 21st Century with a renewed sense of moral purpose and of ourselves as Americans.

Over here on E Street [Ed: Yeah, like Springsteen wrote that one], we're proud to support Obama for President.

Bruce Springsteen