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Let Us Dissect Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s Absurd Yet Lovely Podcasting Setup

The dads of America salivated directly onto their quarter-zip pullovers on Monday as Spotify released the first two episodes of “Renegades: Born in the USA,” a new podcast from Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen. That’s right: dad jeans guy and sexy-dirty-butt jeans guy walked their respective jeans into a recording studio and laid down what Spotify calls “a series of conversations…about their lives, music, and enduring love of America—despite all its challenges.” That phrasing seems to suggest that Obama will be talking about his music, in addition to Springsteen’s—a thrilling but unlikely implication that’s not exactly refuted by the show’s promotional photo.

I don’t have any real desire to listen to this podcast—Obama was the most-heard-from guy in the world for at least eight years already, and I’m not sure what more Springsteen can tell me about how much he loves America—but I do have an irrepressible need to stare at this photo for at least a full hour, maybe more. There’s so much to love here: The mirror-image power poses. The opulent array of beverages. The gleaming vibraphone in the background, presumably foreshadowing the moment in the podcast when Obama decides to pick up a mallet and improvises a haunting, singularly American melody. Read from source….