The Boss really doesn’t dig The Donald.
Bruce Springsteen has called president-elect donald trump a “flagrant, toxic narcissist” and once described the billionaire property mogul as a man with “no sense of decency, no sense of responsibility about him.” He’s even questioned whether Trump was competent for the top job.
Bruce is so unimpressed with Trump, even a Springsteen covers band has declined a request to play at an inauguration night ceremony out of respect for the star’s opinion.
It turns out Bruce isn’t done yet.
According to various reports, Springsteen snubbed Trump again by delivering a 15-song acoustic concert at the White House as a final thank-you to president barack obama and his hard-working staff.
Backstreets soaked up the action from inside the East Room on Jan. 12, where the POTUS and First Lady joined some 200-250 guests for the most exclusive of gigs.
The show “was a real personal thing, this thing for staff who sacrificed so much over the last eight years,” according to Backstreets’ account of the night. “It was a humble, quiet gesture from Bruce to say thanks to President Obama, the staff, and their families. No pomp, no ceremony, no press. Just the man, the guitar, and the songs.”
Springsteen was reportedly in a chatty mood as he talked politics between songs, and sang Obama’s praises.
And all the old favorites came out, from “Thunder Road” to “Born in the U.S.A.,” “Long Walk Home,” “Dancing in the Dark” and the set-closer, “Land of Hope and Dreams”.
As the show wrapped up, the president took the mic and thanked the performer. “He’s been with us for some time now, performing his craft to show his support,” Obama told his staff.
Springsteen is something of a regular at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He was on hand to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a function in the White House last November and was reportedly invited to the Obamas’ goodbye party last week.
Editor’s note: President elect Trump has been turned down by a multitude of artists who received offers to play his inaugural events; including such names as Celine Dion, Garth Brooks, Moby, Rebecca Ferguson, and Charlotte Church.