photo: Pete Souza

IT’S FROM one of the pool reports this afternoon, which I don’t share often, but this one is a bit out of the orginary.

Subject: …Bruuuuuuuuce!!!

Pool was able to interview Springsteen on the tarmac, after he alighted Air Force One, with his wife, Patti, from the rear of the plane. Asked if this was his first trip on Air Force one, he said yes, then started grinning.

“It was pretty cool,” he said.

He said he chatted with the president during the fligjt about the effect of Sandy on New Jersey. “I’m feeling pretty hopeful,” about the chances that the Jersey shore will recover.