Michelle Obama Said to Barack That He Should Spend More Time with Bruce Springsteen


Michelle Obama told the boss of the country he needed to spend more time with The Boss from New Jersey.

Barack Obama, the former president, said Monday that his wife had advised him to go out with Bruce Springsteen in the days before he was elected.

“I said, ‘Well, why is that?'”Obama remembered asking her. “She says, ‘You know, he understands all his failings and flaws as a man, and you don’t seem to understand as well just exactly how messed up you are.”

Obama, as any intelligent husband, responded, “You’re right. No doubt.”

Barack Obama and Springsteen spoke Monday to CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason about the publication of the hardcover. “Renegades: Born in the USA,”These were culled from conversations that took place on the same podcast.

“We did have a bunch of long conversations together,” Obama said. “And I thought this might be something that would be useful for folks to hear.”

Springsteen, who was a well-known campaigner for Obama and sang with a Gospel choir at the newly elected president’s inauguration in 2009. He recalled how he believed Obama had the wrong number when he called him the first time.

“And I said, ‘OK, let me figure this out. I am a guitar-playing high school graduate from Freehold, New Jersey. And — OK — you want me to do what?”Springsteen spoke. 

Both realized that they shared more than they thought. They both felt like they were outsiders.

“I always kept one foot in sort of the blue collar world and one foot in the counter culture world,”Springsteen recalled growing up in New Jersey. “And I never truly belonged completely in either of them, you know?” 

Obama, who was born in Hawaii, felt something very similar. 

“I’m experiencing my share of day-to-day ignorance and slights,” Obama said. “You get in an elevator, and suddenly folks are looking nervous. Or you walk by a car and the locks go down.” 

Springsteen stated that such were the experiences of many people in this country “That’s the American story, you know? When I was young, I felt voiceless. You know, I felt invisible, and I think we’re in trouble and that a lot of people do feel very voiceless.”