Image Credit: Danny ClinchPresident Obama apparently played peacemaker between Bruce Springsteen and the governor of New Jersey Monday on Air Force One, en route to Ohio.
On the phone with New Jersey governor -- and Bruce Springsteen superfan -- Chris Christie to discuss Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Obama patched in the legendary rocker, who was joining him on the flight. Springsteen has famously avoided the governor because of political differences.
“The president told me if I had one more minute, there was someone else he wanted me to talk to,” Christie told reporters at a press conference. “In ***** of real difficulty, he thought the only thing better than one Jersey guy was two Jersey guys, and he put Bruce Springsteen on the phone."
“Bruce said to me how proud he was of his state,” Christie said. “How proud he was and how tough we are. It was a good conversation today and it was great to talk to the president -- and even better to talk to Bruce.”
A White House official said Christie’s description was an accurate account of the conversation. However, when asked about the call on the tarmac in Columbus, Springsteen indicated he didn’t want to talk about it.
“Sir, have you spoken with Gov. Christie since the storm?” a reporter asked Springsteen.
“Yes, we have,” he replied curtly.
“What did you say?” followed the reporter.
“Sorry, I have to get ready,” Springsteen said before walking off.
Even so, when ABC’s Jake Tapper tweeted about the phone conversation, joking, "perhaps the president's Nobel now makes a bit more sense," Springsteen’s official Twitter account retweeted it.
Springsteen appeared at Obama's final rally before Election Day, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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