July 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp says Ludacris should be 'ashamed'

The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song.

The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's campaign sharply condemned rapper Ludacris Wednesday over his new song celebrating the Illinois senator's presidential bid while referring to Hillary Clinton by an offensive remark.

The song, called "Politics: Obama Is Here," was released earlier in the day and refers to the New York senator as an "irrelevant b***h." Ludacris, whose real name is Chris Bridges, also takes aim at John McCain in the song, saying the Arizona senator "don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed."

The song, which largely celebrates the rise of Obama on the national political scene, also criticizes the Rev. Jesse Jackson and President Bush.

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said Ludacris should be "ashamed of these lyrics."

"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to," Burton said. "This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."

Obama has praised Ludacris in the past and the two men sat down privately in 2006 together to discuss ways to empower youth.

soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Tom, San Francisco

    WOW Ludacris, what an idiot! Can't people like Wright, Pfleger, Jackson, and Ludacris just keep their mouths shut until the election is over? If these morons had any common sense they would know that the comments they make are hurting Obama not helping him. Can anyone imagine how far ahead in the polls Obama would be right now without stupid ignorant statements and comments coming out from people like this. Word of advice for Obama supporters, keep your mouths shut until after the election, your not helping him.

    July 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  2. rami

    I hear stuff like this all the time from Obama supporters. Ludacris just happens to be a famous Obama supporter.

    July 30, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  3. susie

    Obama probably wrote the lyrics for the song.

    July 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  4. homer simpson

    Another rap idiot just talking trash... Obama didn't need that coming up.

    July 30, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. jimmy velman



    July 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. sarah

    its amazing how many of obama's supporters are just mean, nasty and hateful about anyone else who has (in their opinion) the gall to run against the all perfect, all knowing, obama. funny i dont see the supporters of other candidates being this obnoxious. looks to me like the all mighty great ONE is may be the most divisive candidate in the history of this country.

    July 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |


    You know what the say you are like your flock. Obama is going down!!!

    July 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |

    Hey... Luda... Dude...
    Does your Highness Mr. B.H.Obama's response change your mind?

    Reality check man... He could care less about you.

    July 30, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  9. NG in DC

    one way to get you man unelected .... piss off women, and all us white guys who think Hillary Clinton rocks, and Obama's followers are either elitists, kids, or angry black people.

    My vote is on the line....and the more I hear from the Obama camp....the more my foot moves to McCain.

    July 30, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  10. Alice in Florida

    If ANYONE should be ashamed, it's "I's gonna steal this election any which ways I can" Mr. old-time crooked Chicago politician Obama

    I mean, pimps out his kids, decides it's not what the voters really want, so he says he won't do it again, and then he does it again with a cover story in – of all places – ROFLMAO – "People Magazine"

    OMG!!!!! The CLOWN OBAMA is UTTERLY HILARIOUS – fool can't figure out WHAT to do to get them poll numbers up!!!!! LOL – EVERY Democratic contender was SO MUCH HIGHER than the CLOWN Obama is at this point in time, and there's nowhere left to go but down – wait until he stumbles and mumbles his way through the debates (if he ever gets the courage to actually attend one.......he may be too busy playing basketball that day.....)

    Poor Bam Bam – I almost feel sorry for him – no way will he stick McCain with the "racist" label – pooh, there goes his whole campaign strategy down the drain..........! Axelrod, better put your thinking cap on!

    Oh, and even if he does, it'll make him look more clownish than he already does – it was all he could use against the Clintons

    He's a one-trick pony, and he has used up his last race card, ESPECIALLY now that we know ALL ABOUT his racist anti-American church! We didn't know about that when he played the race card against the Clintons..........

    July 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. Tony, Miami

    Ludacris may be stated the obvious however he should understand that not all truth need to be said

    July 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Olivia

    Ludacris is just one of the many like him that will be coming out of the woodwork, especially if Obama wins in nov.
    How about a record featuring Obama hit songs later on.

    July 30, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  13. Shrimp Barnicles

    This is Ludacrus. It shouldn't even be reported.

    July 30, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  14. Alice in Florida

    Oh, and PS to all you Obama Koolaid drinking fools:

    The Gallup Poll DOES call cell numbers – look it up on their Website

    There goes THAT argument!

    July 30, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  15. Barbara - Atlanta

    Ludacris, this is terrible!!!! quote from an African American Female

    July 30, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  16. independent

    i agree. i love ludacris and obama, but it isn't cool to be so disrespectful to hillary. i don't care about mccain and bush.

    July 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. mk

    one more reason why i will not be supporting Obama

    July 30, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  18. Rob indetroit

    Right on Luda.

    July 30, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. johnG

    well I don't know that I'd describe Hillary Clinton as "irrelevant"...

    July 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. linda from South Dakota

    oh my its comedy hour?? time to grow up i see in maerica,,ummm

    July 30, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  21. Bee

    I wish Obama didn't have to deal with stupidity like this. While I applaud Ludacris for trying to connect urban youth to politics through song lyrics, were his profane words about Hillary (who's not even in the race anymore!) necessary.

    I'm so sorry Obama that you have to waste your time speaking about these things than about important topics. I wish you all the best luck.

    I'm praying for ya!

    July 30, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |



    July 30, 2008 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  23. Paul Sebastian

    I haven't heard this song yet, but I'm really tired of Senator Obama's campaign's attempts to score points with moralistic Middle Americans by denigrating hip hop.

    It's as if every other week, the Obama campaign needs to remind Main Street America that as President, the good junior Senator from Illinois will keep the crazy Negroes in line. It's not necessary for Senator Obama to win votes by attacking nihilistic Black male America. His Iraq War position should be enough.

    If they oppose misogynistic and racist rap lyrics, why not condemn the multinational entertainment corporations who subsidize this music to advertise sex and drugs and violence to poor minority communities. Disagreeing with Ludacris without attacking the corporate executives he answers to is just a roundabout way of attacking African American male youth exclusively.

    And frankly, since neither Chris Bridges nor Barack Obama's relative success will help me pay my bills, I can do without the extra condemnation.

    July 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  24. texas girl

    "Irrelevant b****?" No. Irrelevant is YOU, Ludacris. I don't see you getting 18 MILLION votes for anything except maybe biggest LOSER.

    July 30, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Carol

    Sounds to me like Ludacris is just seeking publicity. People all over the country, who never heard of him before, will know his name now.

    How did he expect the lyrics to be received?

    Mission accomplished. Any publicity is good publicity, right?

    July 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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