People: Bruce Springsteen, Lou Dobbs

  • Sun Nov 15th, 2009 10:31pm
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Bruce Springsteen bellowed “Hello, Ohio!” to his fans at the Palace of Auburn Hills. That’s in Michigan.

The 60-year-old rock legend referred to the neighboring state several times Friday night until E Street Band guitarist Steve Van Zandt whispered in his ear.

A visibly embarrassed Springsteen grinned and said such a mistake was “every frontman’s nightmare.”

Lou Dobbs says he doesn’t feel like he was pushed out of CNN, the news organization where he worked for all but two years of its existence until Wednesday.

“Not at all,” he said in a weekend interview. “I don’t know if people will believe it, but we had a very amicable parting on the best of terms. I spent 29 years there building that company, and I wish everyone there nothing but the best, and they have reciprocated with me.”

He announced his resignation on “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” finished the newscast and walked out of CNN.

It’s hard to know whether the abruptness or the lack of rancor surrounding the exit was more noteworthy. Dobbs’ outspokenness had made him a political target — so much so that there were parties celebrating the departure over the weekend — and an uncomfortable contradiction to what CNN says it wants to be.

Dobbs said he plans to take time deciding what he wants to do, beyond his daily radio show. He promised to reach out to groups who criticized him, most prominently because he advocated stern measures to halt illegal immigration.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday made American actor and director Clint Eastwood a commander in the prestigious French Legion of Honor.

The citation for the highly coveted decoration says Eastwood, 79, is being honored for his body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe.

The decoration also honors Eastwood for his friendship with France.

Associated Press