Springsteen to Oz: ‘We stand before you embarrassed Americans’

Springsteen to Oz: ‘We stand before you embarrassed Americans’
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[Ed. – What you mean “We,” Keemosabe?]

Bruce Springsteen opened his concert in Melbourne, Australia, this week in a rather unorthodox fashion. …

“We stand before you embarrassed Americans tonight,” Springsteen told the audience as he introduced a ’60s pop tune by a group called the Orlons. “We’re gonna use this to send a letter back home.”

The song’s title? “Don’t Hang Up.”

The crowd got the joke pretty quickly, clearly a reference to Republican President Donald Trump’s self-described “tough” phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the weekend regarding a “dumb” Obama administration agreement to take in 1,250 refugees from an Australian detention center.

But Turnbull denied in a radio interview that the phone call ended angrily or with a hang up: “I want to make one observation about it. The report the president hung up is not correct, the call ended courteously.”

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