The argument that Barack Obama is not one of the people has been flying around since he made Saturday remarks in San Francisco.Â HisÂ opponents have described those comments to voters as a ‘middle-Americans love of God and guns as a product of failing economic times’ attitude that puts Obama out of touch with the rest of the country.
Obama has since tried to explain his comments and now he has an ally in a singer who knows a thing or two about making statements and working-class voters.
Bruce Springsteen was watching the verbal volley lobbed at Obama since Saturday and decided he had enough. He posted the following statement on his website:
“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,” the rocker wrote.
“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. 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 … 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.”
As an unofficial spokesperson of the working-class heroes of America, Springsteen carries a lot of clout in defending Obama against attacks he is out of touch with the masses. The fact that Obama wasÂ born in Kansas, raised in Illinois and represents Midwestern issues in the Senate has been completely lost during this debate.
To have Springsteen bring his level-headed passion to this debate is certainly welcomed.