Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Ex-president meets rock star
Obama and Springsteen podcasting
Former US President Barack Obama and rock legend Bruce Springsteen have launched a joint podcast. In “Renegades: Born in the USA”, the first two episodes of which have now been published on the Spotify streaming service, Obama and Springsteen talk about their lives and the state of their country.
The two men know each other from the time of Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008 and have been friends ever since. For the new podcast series they sat down for several days in the state of New Jersey, where Springsteen was born 71 years ago.
“We found some answers”
“On the surface, Bruce and I don’t have much in common,” Obama says on the first episode of the podcast. “He’s a white guy from a small town in Jersey. I’m a black man of mixed race, born in Hawaii. He’s a rock and roll icon. I’m … not that cool.”
When they worked together, however, they had a lot in common, said the former President, who sat in the White House between 2009 and 2017: “We found out during our talks that we still have a firm belief in the American ideal. Not as nostalgia, but as a compass for the hard work that lies ahead. ”
The 59-year-old ex-president describes a relaxed collaboration with the singer of the hit “Born in the USA”. “We found some answers, learned a few things, laughed and had a few glasses.” Once they went on a trip in Springsteen’s Corvette – and “escaped” the Secret Service bodyguards.