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Bruce Springsteen gives a private White House concert to Obama, staffers

Posted: 5:51 PM, Jan 19, 2017
Updated: 2017-01-19 20:51:58-05

Famed rocker Bruce Springsteen gave a private 15-song acoustic set to President Barack Obama, the First Family and Obama staffers last week as a send off to the outgoing administration, Springsteen fan page Backstreets  reported, and the AP confirmed. 

The concert came last Thursday, just days after Obama gave an emotional farewell speech in Chicago. 

According to Backstreets, the set "was crafted to be highly thematic, Springsteen meeting the moment by drawing from more albums than you can count on both hands."

Springsteen backed Obama's campaign, playing at election events for the president. He also played at an event celebrating Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Springsteen was also active in campaigning for Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Before last week's concert began, the event started with a reception in the State Dining Room, which included roughly 200-250 people.

Obama then joined his staffers and their significant others in the East Room, where Obama had previously awarded Springsteen with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

After Springsteen concluded the performance and gave his thanks to the Obama administration, Obama took the stage to thank his staff for their sacrifices, Backstreets reported.