The White House put the crowd at 18,000 for Obama and The Boss in Madison Monday morning, far less than the 80,000 the defeated Democratic nominee drew eight years ago just before the election — a turnout that caused a small panic inside the Bush campaign.

The Journal-Sentinel reported: In the run-up to the 2004 election, an estimated 80,000 people showed up to see Democratic nominee John Kerry and Springsteen in downtown Madison as Kerry campaigned toward winning the state but losing the election. On Oct. 4, an estimated 30,000 people turned out to see Obama on the UW-Madison campus.