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The Night Springsteen Had A Concert Crowd Rhyming Obama And Marijuana

Bruce Springsteen has always been a rebel. So it's no surprise that the Boss - who turns 67 today - went rogue by dropping "marijuana" in a campaign song for President Barack Obama.

Back in 2012, Springsteen stopped by Virginia to drum up support for Obama's re-election campaign. And what better way for the rock legend to rally the troops than with song? So the boss put together some verses and asked the crowd to shout "Obama" after each one to complete the rhyme.

But there was only one problem.

"I was having a hard time finding words that rhymed with Obama. You run out of those really quick," Springsteen warned the crowd between the first and second verse. By the time he got to the third, he was getting the crowd to rhyme the president's name with "marijuana."


The Obama Administration probably wasn't thrilled with the song since they are officially opposed to marijuana legalization. But it could have been worse. Back when Ronald Reagan was running for re-election in 1984, Springsteen took exception when his name was dropped in one of the former president's speeches.

“America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts," Reagan said at a campaign stop in Springsteen's home state of New Jersey. "It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire - New Jersey’s own, Bruce Springsteen.”

Two days later, Springsteen brought up the quote during a concert in Pittsburgh. 

“Well, the president was mentioning my name in his speech the other day. And I kind of got to wondering what his favorite album of mine must’ve been, you know? I don’t think it was the Nebraska album. I don’t think he’s been listening to this one.”

Then he sang "Johnny 99," which offers a different view of America:

Well they closed down the auto plant in Mahwah late that month
Ralph went out lookin’ for a job but he couldn’t find none
He came home too drunk from mixin’
Tanqueray and wine
He got a gun shot a night clerk now they call ‘m Johnny 99

No one can burn a commander-in-chief quite like The Boss

h/t Spin, Politico

Banner image: US singer Bruce Springsteen performs among the audience during the Rock in Rio 2013 concert , on September 21, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Antonio Scorza /


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