PARIS - Rock star Bruce Springsteen said on Thursday he still supported US President Barack Obama but indicated he would not be taking part in the campaign to get him re-elected.

At a press conference in Paris to promote a new album and tour, Springsteen was asked whether this year he would join the campaign trail to back Obama, as he did in 2008 and also in 2004 for Democratic challenger John Kerry.

“I got into that sort of by accident. The Bush years were so horrific that you couldn’t just sit around,” Springsteen declared.

“I never campaigned for politicians previous to John Kerry and at that moment it was such a blatant disaster occurring at the top of government, you felt that if you had any cachet whatsoever, you had to cash it in because you couldn’t sit around and watch it.” But, he added, “I’m not a professional campaigner and every four years I don’t think that I’m going to go and pick a guy and go after him. I prefer to stay on the sidelines.