A powerful new video featuring Bruce Springsteen’s 2002 anthem “The Rising” debuted tonight during the first night of the Democratic National Convention. Springsteen and his wife Patti Scialfa are seen briefly in the video (see photo at right).
With images of health care workers, empty streets and people wearing masks, the video makes a link between the pandemic the country is currently enduring and the heartbreak of 9/11, which inspired Springsteen to write the inspirational song.
Footage of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is seen at the end of the video, along with the hashtag, #THERISING.
The “virtual convention” — featuring speakers talking in isolation, and pre-recorded videos — continues through Aug. 20 and can be seen on various television and internet outlets.
Springsteen has long supported Democratic candidates and has been harshly critical of Trump on his current SiriusXM satellite radio DJ show, “From My Home to Yours.”
The “Rising” video was also Tweeted out tonight from Biden’s account with the message, “We are the United States of America. There’s not a single thing we cannot do if we do it together.”
Springsteen also Tweeted it out with the message, “come on up for #therising.”
You can watch the video here:
"We are the United States of America. There's not a single thing we cannot do if we do it together." #DemConvention pic.twitter.com/SLdNN4Oxdv — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 18, 2020
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Pretty sure that was back when Biden knew where he was. Lol
Hmmm, bet he can pronounce ” Yosemite” though. And he only has to use one hand to drink water. And have you seen him walk down a ramp? He glides!! LOL!!!!!!! 1
And he supports the slaughter of the innocent
Yuk yuk. You’re a great American (lie).
Ridiculous comment from an idiotic troll
Perfect song for the times that we now live in. Joe Biden is the one who will help us get back on the right track & help better life for all of us, no matter what we look like. He will clean up Trump’s mess. Gotta love Bruce Springsteen!!
Funny you should mention that, since Trump told Minnesota today about being named Michigan man of the year (lie again, for the 30th time).
Beautiful moment. Made me feel hopeful, along with Michelle’s powerful speech. Hate, lies, corruption, and racism will not triumph in an America founded on hopes and dreams of freedom, and on equality. The threat is so big we must all come together.
Certainly gave me hope.
The first time I heard Born in the USA at a Reagan rally I knew dementia was in the cards
That song was for me. Not to support baby murders
Fuck little bruce springsteen hes as clueless as joe and the rest of those loons are
Novotny, Putin much ?
This is my response to the anti-abortion sentiments expressed above:
What does it mean to be “pro-life”? Many of President Trump’s most faithful supporters proudly trumpet their pro-life stance, fervently wishing that the Supreme Court will one day eliminate Roe v. Wade. They believe the president’s policies will lead to a better, more life-affirming world. They are wrong. They have a shockingly narrow definition of what it means to be pro-life and are in fact culpable in ushering in a world of far greater death and misery.
On the home front, Trump has abandoned any semblance of leadership during this pandemic. His clownish antics, disdain for masks, and glaring incompetence leaves the world appalled and America ill-prepared for the long, hard, Covid-19 fight that lies ahead. Trump and the GOP work to eliminate the Affordable Care Act, knowing they have nothing to replace it with. Their new budget cuts food stamps and the CHIP program that provides healthcare to children. They gleefully slash environmental regulations, lower automobile mileage requirements, and promote coal. How many cases of cancer will result from this increased pollution? How many children will die? How is this a pro-life president?
Internationally, Trump’s dismissal of climate change and our abandonment of the Paris Climate Accord make humanity’s future more precarious. His 2020 budget cuts foreign aid by 21%. How many vulnerable people in the third world will suffer and die? Enormous sales of American armaments to Saudi Arabia allow the war in Yemen to rage on, a war that has killed tens of thousands, caused a million to flee, and threatens a famine that could starve millions more. Abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal allows that regime to enrich ever-increasing amounts of uranium. And lest we forget the North Korean “love letter exchange” that yielded nothing but a photo op for the president and emboldened Kim Jong-un to add to his nuclear arsenal. Our transactional president would happily turn a blind eye to Xi Jinping’s placing a million Uighur Muslims in “re-education” camps as long as that nation purchased more soybeans from states important to the president’s reelection. It is speculated that a Trump reelection means the United States exits NATO. A destabilized Europe, combined with Putin’s desire to exert regional dominance, has global implications. What could possibly go wrong on that continent? And isn’t separating this thin-skinned, volatile man from the nuclear launch codes the ultimate pro-life act? But that would require that he lose in November. Again I ask, how is this a pro-life president?
There are innumerable other Trump-sponsored policies, here and abroad, that I could cite, but the common thread is that they are all hugely consequential and destructive with respect to human life.
The pro-life community, so steadfastly loyal to Trump, should employ a broader, more realistic moral calculus in November. Continued willful indifference to this president’s dangerous, soul-crushing actions would make them complicit in incalculable human suffering.
Hey guys…can we all try to remember that we’re all Americans and respect each other’s right to have conflicting opinions. Personally, I’d like to see some decency rather than petty, childish squabbling. Also, it’s OK to keep an open mind. Whatever happens in this election we’re going to need a united effort to get out of this mess we’re in. Standing up for yourself has nothing to do with attacking other people, and being strong has nothing to do with being a bully.
I believe the Dems have picked the wrong Bruce song for this campaign.
They should be using a newer more current song off his last LP called
Sleepy Joe’s Cafe.
Just a Thought to be current.
Huge Springsteen fan, over 60 concerts planning to tour over to Europe in 2021. This song was for all the lost souls in the 911 attacks. Every time I here that song I have tears in my eyes. Not anymore, it should be for the memory of that day not as a political song for anyone. Bruce what’s going on in your head, I am sad for you.