Last night Arcade Fire played the Obama Staff Ball, the final official inaugural event and a celebration of the thousands of folks who campaigned tirelessly for the President. One year ago, Win Butler blogged, “Barack is the first candidate in my lifetime to strip some of the bullshit away.” In that spirit, last night’s setlist include a mandolin-led cover of Bruce Springsteen’s no bullshit “Born In The U.S.A.,” the anti-Vietnam anthem once clumsily co-opted by Ronald Reagan (CAMPAIGN SONG FAIL). It was a fitting goodbye to the Bush era, and a lot of fun to watch once the camera operator stops singing along.
Thanks Mariah for the heads up on the vids. And by the way folks, Win was born in Texas.