Former US President Barack Obama and American singer, songwriter, and music icon Bruce Springsteen started hosting a podcast this year titled Renegades: Born in the USA. They chatted about various interesting topics, including politics, divisions in the society, race relations and other important issues being faced by American society. Those interesting conversations have now been compiled into a book. The book is a good collection of archival photographs, speeches by Obama and handwritten lyrics by Springsteen. Though both were involved in serious discussions, there were instances of lighthearted moments as well. Since both of them are good friends, readers get an opportunity to know more about their views on various subjects.
Despite dealing with serious topics, the text is peppered with numerous lighthearted moments between the two friends as they share personal anecdotes, favourite protest songs and tales of inspiration from popular American heroes. They also appeared in their first joint interview together with CBS News in October.
“When we were first getting to know each other and the first time I think the four of us got together … Michelle says, You know, you need to spend more time with Bruce.’ And I said, ‘Well why’s that?’ She said, ‘He understands all his failings and flaws as a man and you don’t seem to understand as well just exactly how messed up you are,’ ” President Obama said. They first met when Springsteen performed at a campaign rally for Obama’s first run for the presidency.
While talking about his views on politics, Springsteen said: “Born in the U.S.A, which he described as a work of “critical patriotism. It basically put forth the idea that you can love and feel a part of the same country that you can be deeply critical of and feel has disappointed you on a variety of different levels.”