By Honey Gillard

Legendary US rocker Bruce Springsteen wowed an open-air crowd of 80,000 on the White House campaign’s final stretch in Cleveland this past Sunday, with a moving set at a campaign rally for Democrat Leader Barack Obama.

With his acoustic guitar and harmonica in hand, Bruce Springsteen sang through a play list that included all of his most-loved classics, such as “This Land Is Your Land” and “The Rising”. But between songs, Springsteen got to the heart of the matter, urging the audience to vote Obama this Tuesday.

Springsteen declared:  “I spent 35 years writing about America and its people, about what it mean to be an American. [The nation needs] someone with Senator Obama’s understanding, his temperateness, his deliberateness, his maturity, his pragmatism, his toughness and his faith.”

“But most of all it needs us, it needs you and it needs me. And he’s going to need us because all a nation has that keeps it together is the social contract between its people,” he added.

Springsteen wrapped up the show with a performance of his classic tune ‘The Rising’, which left the crowd in tears. Since it’s initial release, the song has gone on to serve as a reminder of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and is also played just before Obama takes to the stage at all of his rallies.

Springsteen further pursued his audience exclaiming:”So I don’t know about you, but I want my country back, I want my dream back, I want my America back.”

“Our social contract has been shredded. We’re going to need all the angels we can get,” he continued, praising “Senator Obama’s efforts to build a house big enough for all our dreams”.

According to Springsteen, now’s the time to join with Obama and “roll up our sleeves and come on up for the rising”.

In reply to Springsteen, Obama came to the stage – accompanied by wife Michelle and daughters, Malia (10) and Sasha (7) – to thank the rocker and pose for photos with Springsteen and his wife, songwriter Patti Scialfa.

“There are just a handful of people who enter into your lives through their music and tell the American people’s story, Bruce Springsteen is one of those people,” Obama said in reply.

Borrowing a line from Springsteen, Obama added: “A rise is coming!”

Obama is currently on a three-city campaign through Ohio, the state that ended Democrats’ presidential hopes back in 2004. Both Springsteen and Obama will be hoping for a better outcome in Ohio this time around following a get-out-the-vote benefit concert, held on behalf of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

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