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Springsteen’s ‘We Take Care of Our Own’ Fulfills Its DNC Destiny

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Bruce Springsteen released the video for “We Take Care of Our Own” so long ago people could still be forgiven for wondering if Clint Eastwood’s “Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad meant he was supporting the guy we now know he fantasizes about sitting in an empty chair.

At that point, back in February, President Barack Obama was already slotting the Wrecking Ball barn-burner as the finale on a 2012 campaign mixtape, so it’s not as if we were especially prescient to compare the song’s theme of social responsibility to one of the POTUS’ speeches. But, well, last night at the Democratic National Convention, Obama picked the song to play as he stepped away from the microphone after his speech about social responsibility. Watch right here, or fast-forward to around the 39-minute mark below.

“Yes, our road is longer, but we travel it together,” America’s current boss declared, and whatever you think about the musical merits of “We Take Care of Our Own,” when it comes to a political-rhetorical level, the Boss could hardly have said it better.

Also of note: The POTUS took the stage to U2’s “City of Blinding Lights,” from 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, an album which — our-a culpa? — SPIN once told you “is not political at all.”