Bruce Springsteen Performed A Private White House Concert For Obama Staffers

Ford Springer | Contributor

Bruce Springsteen performed a private concert at the White House on January 12 at the request of President Obama as a thank you to his staff.

A senior White House official confirmed the event with the Associated Press on Thursday.

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Springsteen’s performed a 15-song set in the East Room of the White House for about 250 staffers, most of whom served during Obama’s eight years as president. The event was kept very quiet and no cameras were allowed, according to the AP.

Details of the private, acoustic set were posted to fan blog Backstreets, and came from an apparent Springsteen enthusiast and Obama staffer.

“Bruce opened with a very brief note of thanks to the President and the staff who were being honored,” before beginning the show, according to Backstreets.

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

(Photo credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

“The mood in the room the whole night–both reception and concert–was not exactly somber, but it wasn’t festive, either,” the insider wrote. “There was a clear sense of something ending, both with the conclusion of an adventure for the staff and the silent presence of the coming political transition.”

Springsteen, who campaigned for and publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, performed hit songs “My Hometown,” “Thunderroad,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and “Dancing in the Dark.”

Ford Springer



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