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. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    So this is what it comes to.

    If Obama wins this type of behavior by the youth of this nation will be accepted as "normal". I'm sorry, I don't get Obama or his uber-Liberal Socialist (dare I say Communist?) views.

    Obama disgusts me in the same manner that Bush and his neo-Cons disgust me. But God forbid anyone should shout "The Emperor has NO Clothes" about Obama. Lifelong Civil Rights leaders are called racist if they criticise his choice of ties, yet they can call Hillary a b***h with impunity???

    Ludacris and Obama are not worthy of holding Jesse Jackson's coat, or the Clinton's coats either. They are disrespecful rank amatures.

    When are we as Americans going to stop letting the 15% on the far left and the 15% on the far right run this country?

    Obama's campaign condemning Ludacris is too little too late, much the same as his condemnation of Rev. Wright was too little too late.

    What a monumental defeat we as Democrats are headed for in November. It is going to be worse than McGovern.

    July 30, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Terry

    We'll see come November who irrelvant will be. The Koolaid man will b down and out Ludi and u can write a new song. "Obama: No He Didn't" NOBAMA! Don't drink the Koolaid!

    July 30, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Alice in Florida

    Oh, goodness – another one thrown under the bus

    ...And I thought once big-butt nasty loudmouth now-muzzled Michelle was under there, there wouldn't BE any more room!

    Guess I was wrong – that is one BIG BUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  4. JS

    This is plain awful and does not reflect "black" peoples' views. I agree with the Obama camp that this is absolutely appalling. However, Obama can't control these types of distasteful things as people are going to publish what they want and when they want. It is just sad that Ludacris subjected himself to such negativity. Ludacris should be ashamed.

    July 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. Next in line !!

    The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song.

    Jessie, Ludacris ....Next!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  6. Denise

    Another sexist Democrat. What a surprise.

    July 30, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. Viva Obama

    Ludacris at your age you should know that truth may look
    ludicrous sometimes.

    July 30, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  8. Johnin Iowa

    Earth to America: this is how blacks think; this is how Obama thinks. Wake up before it's too late! If Obama gets in office it is over for America and all of her citizens. Do not be mislead by this fraud. He is simply appealing to your emotions. Smart people do not vote with their emotions, but rather with logic!

    Go McCain in '08 please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. NoMcSame

    Just a little humor what is the problem? He is a rapper and that is what they do. He is just making a hiphop 527.
    It does not matter what you do they are looking for a reason not to vote for Obama. Hang in there because they are just getting started. Those people are wicked and vile like snakes. They are going to play the you are not one of them cards and every other racist card that they have. We black people are dreaming, those good white people would not do a thing like that is what they love to say. The CNN special Black In America was not true, all of that racist stuff just don't go on they say. My father, brother and I are all veterans but it doesn't matter because if I don't see something that I don't like in the country that I swore to defend they like to tell me to go back to a place that I have never been. We black folks just won't let go of the past because it is a new day they like to say. Well guess what people racism is alive and well in America. Obama could be in Washington for 30yrs and they still would not know him good enough.
    Where were they when Mrs. Obama racist roommate from New Orleans asked for another room because she didn't want to room with a black girl. White folks are not racist. It is all in our minds. Obama and the rest of us are dreaming if we think that a black man can move into the White house. That would really be a new day in America.
    Obama08 a dream

    July 30, 2008 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  10. Ken

    For this reason (and many others), without Hillary Clinton on the ticket I will seriously (seriously) considering staying home on Super Tuesday.

    July 30, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  11. Bruce

    This only CONFIRMS what I already believe. McCAIN in 08!!! NEVER will I vote for this Obama CRAP!!!

    July 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  12. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    Just sad....

    OBAMA '08

    July 30, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  13. William, from Cali!

    What comes around! Goes around! This election is not over yet! It's still the DemocRATS' race to lose, if they are not careful..........................." Some chickens may still come home to roost", in favor; of the Republicans!!

    July 30, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Jackson

    Misogyny all over again.

    July 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  15. Yvonne

    Ludacris is ludacris! With friends like these .. . .

    July 30, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  16. Robert

    Why would the filth that some random rapper comes up with be any fault of Obama's. This fool didn't do his "favorite" candidate any favors, that's for sure. Maybe he is trying to hurt Obama's campaign? – I doubt it, but unless he is strikingly dumb, he's got to know that is what he just did.

    Or.... maybe this could be a Sista Solja moment for Obama – we'll see how it all plays out.

    July 30, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  17. party_n_bulshiz

    Ludahow does this help obama get into the white house where he can benifit everyone the most. In these coming days, we have to know what can be said and how. FUBU means for us by us. Well these day we need to also that same word can be FUHU. For Us Harm Us.

    July 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  18. Monica, Texas

    I wish all these folks who claim to want to show their support THINK about what they are doing...and how it can easily be used for something other than a positive message.

    July 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  19. Phil, FL

    Probably republicans – HA

    Have any of you seen the asinine stuff McWarmonger put out about his wife's own twin – Paris Hilton? Druggie, blonde, botox-riddled.

    Guess he needs to start a war in Iran and draft male and FEMALE to prove he can win wars – that's how McWarmonger can win this election.

    July 30, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. Monica, Texas

    Duh...His name is "Ludacris" I think this says is all

    July 30, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. Phil, FL

    Obama isn't a rapper – he's adored by everyone. McWarmonger is hated, despised,

    McWarmonger is repulsive

    July 30, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. IL voter

    Ludacris SHOULD be ashamed. Taking the "low road" by making personal attacks is not what the Obama campaign is about. It is all well and good to have faith in and admiration for a candidate. Why not write lyrics that celebrate this admiration? He chose instead to write about his hatred for those that disagree with his candidate of choice. By doing so, he has given fodder to the McCain camp, the PUMA/pac, and anyone that still has any fear of Obama based on ethnicity. Bad move, Ludacris.

    July 30, 2008 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  23. Terri, Dallas

    I agree with the Obama camp. Ludacris should be ashamed of himself. Yet another trying to capitalize at Obama's expense.

    July 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  24. Irma

    You didn't condemn this stuff in the beginning Sen. Obama, that is the reason it is out of control with the youth, their lack of knowledge and hatred toward Sen. Clinton who has a good reputation on dealing with Children and working families issues. The only reputation you have among many Clinton supporters is that you were willing to tear a good woman's reputation down in order to win, in fact you allowed the media to tear all women down to bolster your support.

    July 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  25. Goodman

    Obama should quit the race, uglym insensitive, corrupt lady abuser. Get off the race.

    July 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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