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January 19, 2017

Springsteen plays private 'thank you' show for Obama and his staff

The Boss had a small parting gift for President Barack Obama as he prepares to leave office – a private show just for him, first lady Michelle Obama and his staff.

New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen played a 15-song set for the outgoing commander in chief Jan. 12, days after his farewell address to the nation, according to superfan blog and fanzine

There were about 250 people in the White House's East Room, with no celebrity guests in sight, according to the website. described the acoustic show as a "fever dream" with "a dream of a setlist."

Springsteen played the set as a "thank you" to the president and his staff, according to the site. The Garden State native has been very vocal about his disapproval of President-elect Donald Trump, calling him a "flagrant, toxic narcissist" with British broadcaster Channel 4 News in October.  

Springsteen was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in November.

Read's full account here and check out the setlist below:

• "Working on the Highway"

• "Growin' Up"

• "My Hometown"

• "My Father's House"

• "The Wish"

• "Thunder Road"

• "The Promised Land"

• "Born in the U.S.A."

• "Devils & Dust"

• "Tougher Than the Rest" (with Patti Scialfa)

• "If I Should Fall Behind" (with Patti Scialfa)

• "The Ghost of Tom Joad"

• "Long Walk Home"

• "Dancing in the Dark"

• "Land of Hope and Dreams"