The President sent The Boss to Ames on Thursday afternoon to rally college students with a free mini-concert. Bruce Springsteen performed a 35-minute set in front of about 5,000 people at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum as part of the Obama campaign’s “Campus Takeover Week.”
Springsteen took the stage about an hour behind schedule due to travel delays after an earlier appearance in Ohio, and emphasized the importance of voting to the crowd. “I’m here today because I’m thankful for universal health care, I’m thankful for a more-regulated Wall Street,” Springsteen said.
“I’m thankful GM is still making cars. What would I write about?” Springsteen played a six-song set, including well-known tunes such as “Thunder Road” and “We Take Care of Our Own,” a song the Obama campaign has adopted as its unofficial theme song.
Vice president Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, is scheduled to make appearances today in Mason City and Charles City.
By Jesse Gavin, KCNZ, Cedar Falls