But they still came across as two guys.
In one segment on Springsteen’s 1960 Corvette, Obama enthused that getting a chance to drive “this mean machine” was one of his highlights of the interview. But the two-seater left no room for one key element of being an ex-president.
“Yeah, I just took off, and in the rearview mirror I could see some of my agents running behind!” Obama laughed.
The interview was done to support a new book, Renegades: Born in the USA (Crown). The book and its companion podcast stemmed from a couple days spent at Springsteen’s N.J. farm. Part 1 aired today on CBS Sunday Morning, with Part II set for Monday morning on CBS Mornings.
The friendship between the two men started in 2008: “Bruce Springsteen decided to charitably help out some not-very-well-known new U.S. senator who had the audacity to run for president,” Obama said.
Over time, that friendship deepened, a friendship Obama once characterized like so: “I am the President. He is the Boss.”
Interviewer Anthony Mason asked about the connection.
“I think Bruce, through his music, I tease him about how much better it is being a rock ‘n’ roll star than being a politician,” Obama said.
“Which of course it is!” Springsteen said, laughing. “You do have the better deal,” Mason said.
“He does not really deny it!” Obama said. “There is a certain sense of ministry to Bruce’s music. And his body of work is around these issues of, you know, ‘Who are we?'”
Springsteen said, “That’s the question.”
Watch a clip from the interview here.
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