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Blue-collar bard actually wears blue collar at Obama campaign concert

Adam Chandler
October 18, 2012

Happening now in Ohio, Bruce Springsteen has hit the campaign trail with former President Clinton to push Ohioans to cast their vote for President Obama. The duo will be stumping there and then when Clinton stays, Springsteen will head to Iowa next.

Springsteen and Clinton, who vigorously and folksily defended the president at the convention, will be stumping for Obama in two crucial swing states. The Boss is far from the only prominent musician taking sides in the presidential election this year, though. Eddie Vedder recently spoke out against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s surreptitiously recorded dismissal of “the 47 percent,” Beyoncé and Jay-Z hosted an Obama fundraiser that brought in $4 million, and Foo Fighters rocked for Obama earlier this year. Kid Rock and Creed’s Scott Stapp have been critical of Obama, while Romney has enthused about the Killers, and Paul Ryan has indicated he has Led Zeppelin filed under “Z” on his iPod.

Since celebrity endorsements made Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList last night, this passe performance will obviously have no impact on the elections. But I wanted to draw attention to it for one reason and one reason only: Bruce Springsteen is actually wearing a blue collar. That’s all I got.

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.