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'The Boss' backs Obama for president

Published: 7:19AM Thursday April 17, 2008 Source: Reuters

Rock superstar Bruce Springsteen on Wednesday endorsed Democratic Senator Barack Obama for US president, saying he stands "head and shoulders above the rest."

In a message posted on his Web site, the musician and songwriter known as the Boss said the Illinois senator has "the depth, the reflectiveness and the resilience" to be the next US president.

"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 wrote.

Many of Springsteen's rousing rock anthems and haunting ballads celebrate working class Americans. His endorsement in the November presidential election comes as Obama fends off charges he is out of touch with working class voters.

The Obama campaign welcomed the endorsement. The America of Springsteen's songs - with its hardworking people and big dreams - is "a story I know and a vision I share for our future, and that's why I'm so honoured to have his support in this journey," Obama said in a statement.