Bruce Springsteen may be born to run, but, according to the Boss, Barack Obama is born to lead.
Springsteen led an all-star roster of music stars working to pump up the vote for the Democratic presidential contender in the waning days of the campaign.
The Jersey boy entertained an estimated 80,000 supporters who turned up to hear Obama speak at a rainy evening rally Sunday in Cleveland, capping his set with a five-minute speech on why he thinks Obama is the right man to get the country back on track.
"I travel around the world. I occasionally play to big stadiums, crowds like this, just like Senator Obama does," said Springsteen, who has been stumping for the candidate for the past month or so. "I continue to find out that wherever I go, America remains a repository for people's hopes, their desires. It remains a house of dreams.
"Senator Obama, help us rebuild our house, big enough for the dreams for all our citizens. I want my country back. I want my dream back. I want my America back," Springsteen said, before launching into an acoustic version of "The Rising."
"A rising is coming," Obama later declared from the podium.
While Springsteen amped up voters in one swing state, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and rap mogul Russell Simmons descended on another, appearing Sunday at Ft. Lauderdale's African-American Research Library and Cultural Center urging people to head to the polls for Obama.
The entertainers spoke to a largely African-American crowd that had been waiting for hours to cast early ballots. The stars shook hands, signed autographs and posed for photos with fans, but did not perform or make make any formal remarks.
They later appeared at a rally in Miami Gardens.
"We have been doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result," said Blige. "Please do something different. Barack Obama is a true example of something different. He's a true example of something our children can have in the future, what they can look at and say: 'Wow, we can really, really do something. We can really, really be something.' "
The hip-hop heavyweights are set to fly to Ohio for appearances in Cincinnati and Columbus.
Also on Sunday, laid-back rocker Jimmy Buffett played a free "Last Chance for Change Rally" in Tampa. The Mayor of Margaritaville even switched out some lines in his hit songs with nods to the campaign, including "Come Monday," when he sang, "I think I’m going to the land of change."