Reagan invokes the name of Bruce Springsteen in an attempt to win
votes in New Jersey. Bruce expresses some displeasure, but takes no
overt sides in this election. In the 1988 election, Springsteen tells
his fans, "Don't vote for that fuckin' Bush!"
The Senate Commerce Committee, at the instigation of Susan Baker (wife
of the Secretary of the Treasury James) and Tipper Gore (wife of
Tennesee senator Albert), begins hearings on whether rock&roll records
should have labels to warn parents about obscene lyrics. Senator Paul
Trible of Virginia says, "this may well be the most important hearing
conducted by the Commerce Committee this year." It is certainly the
The song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin reaches #1 on the
charts. The Bush campaign adopts it as their theme song.