Barack Obama Picks A Bruce Springsteen Song As His Acceptance Speech’s Running Mate

Judging by the search queries we’ve received over the past five minutes, a lot of people are curious about the song that played right after President-elect Barack Obama exited the stage after his acceptance speech at Grant Park in Chicago. Well, it was Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising,” from his 2002 album of the same name. Springsteen wrote the song after Sept. 11, and it was frequently played at the end of Obama’s campaign rallies; the Boss himself has performed the song at the Obama benefits he played over the course of last month. This performance was taken from a 2002 show he performed at the Asbury Park Convention Center–yes, that Asbury Park–that was simulcast on NBC’s Today. (And the instrumental that preceded “The Rising,” according to The Caucus, was a piece of John Williams’ score from the 2000 film The Patriot.) [YouTube]

  • Anonymous

    @satlos: yeah i was worried that it wasn’t the instrumental at first. i could barely hear it on my tv, though.

  • satlos

    Oh the crushing irony of having ‘Fake Empire’ play over the produced footage that preceded the speeches.

    Good thing it was an instrumental!

  • Maura Johnston

    @satlos: Apparently Obama takes the title of “Mr. November” very seriously.

  • snortin’ orton

    they also played an instrumental version of “With God on Our Side,” which had me singing about forgiving the Germans as i walked out of the park