But they still came across as two people.
In a segment of Springsteen’s 1960 Corvette, Obama enthused that getting the chance to drive “this mean machine” was one of the highlights of his interview. But the two-seater left no room for a key element of being a former president.
“Yeah, I just took off, and in the rearview mirror I could see some of my agents running back!” Obama laughed.
was interviewed to support a new book, Renegades: Born in the USA (Crown). The book and its companion podcast stem from a few days Springsteen spent at his NJ farm. Part 1 aired today CBS Sunday Morning, Part II is scheduled for Monday morning CBS Mornings.
The friendship between the two men began in 2008: “Bruce Springsteen decided to enlist the help of some very well known new US senator who had the audacity to run for president,” Obama said.
Over time, that friendship deepened, a friendship Obama once recounted: “I’m the president. He’s the boss.”
Interviewer Anthony Mason asked about the connection.
“I think Bruce, through his music, I tease him about how much better it is to be a rock ‘n’ roll star than to be a politician,” Obama said.
“Of course which one it is!” Springsteen laughed. “You Doing Better deal,” Mason said.
“He doesn’t really deny it!” Obama said. “Bruce has a certain sense of ministry to his music. And his work centers around these issues of, you know, ‘Who are we?'”
Springsteen said,he is Question.”