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. GO AWAY!!!!!

    The Obama campaign is criticizing Ludacris' new song

    1st Jessie now Ludacris.......Next!!

    July 30, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  2. Linda

    Yes...Ludacris should be ashamed. I'm ashamed for him! What was he thinking? Pleeeease don't do Obama any favors Ludacris. The best thing you can do is donate some money for his campaign, he doesn't need this kind of help. Good grief!

    July 30, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Lance

    The bigger question is why the hell did Obama praise him in the past. I mean I love Ludacris.........but i wouldn't let me kids listen to him or anything he stands for.

    July 30, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. ha ha

    A talented individual-are you kidding? HA.

    July 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Terri

    Good! We (Obama supporters) do not have to make his opponents road kill in order to win. Obama can win fair and square. We do not need to hear this tpye of musical nonsense...IT IS A NEW DAY IN POLITICS!!!! It is called decency!

    July 30, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    just your typical non-educated, over rated, punk that sucked non-educated slacker-losers into a narcissistic generation who can't even afford to by belts or pants that fit them. RAP ON loser. the messiah is going down. RAP that.

    July 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Carol, Lansing

    Remeber when the news would report on the issues that the candidates would discuss and point out the discrepancys of what they say and what they actually do?

    So call political reporting has been reduced to Paris Hilton, Brittany Spears and Ludicrous.

    This is ludicrous.

    July 30, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Montana is Obama Country

    Luda you need to be a role model.. and you are better than your lyrics..

    July 30, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  9. andrew s

    luda is an idiot and they are making it hard for obama to win black rappers go away. obama is not a black president he is a president of ALL.

    July 30, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  10. k

    There goes Obama with his shuck and jive...saying the idiot should be ashamed of himself, but then saying he's talented..the old wink, wink...they should both be ashamed! Wake up white America, wake the heck up!

    July 30, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  11. S. Boatman


    July 30, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. A Nightingale Sings in Berkley Square

    Is this the change we can expect from the Obama supporters? It's a change that I don't like at all. Why dis Hillary when she whipped Obama's butt in the coasts and in the mid west and New York. Yeah I know Obama won Idaho but so did Larry Craig.

    I hear the obam is threatening the life of American Hero John McCain? I just read a blog that said obamba was challenging John to a duel. obamba just can't help himself with his mega ego personality can he?

    Barry also said he is related to Wild Bill, George Bush, Dick Cheney and a King of England and a host of others to probably include Osama himself. He just can't help himself. He is risky and I don't trust him.

    bam may not be a Muslim, but he is no stranger in the Muslim Church.

    He will raise your taxes and "dis" your values.

    July 30, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. Sharon

    I would love to see who Obama and Michelle socialize with on a daily basis. Right now I'm not very impressed with the ones I've heard of to date. Rev. Wright, Jesse Jackson, Ludacris, and those who helped him get into politics in Chicago, etc. Of course leave it to Roland Martin to protect and defend Obama. If he gets cornered he always starts quoting from the bible.

    July 30, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. Voter

    What baloney. Obama LOVES this rap piece!

    It keeps the connection with his "roots." That way, while playing King for a Day, he doesn't lose his base.

    He wants his base to be right in the middle of everything. This is Obama "walking the walk."

    Four years of this? Please.

    July 30, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  15. Sheri

    Ludacris is just a wrap artist, he might say anything. These words are very offensive, just the usual wrapper. He needs to move on with his filthy mouth. Everyone is comming out of the closet.

    July 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  16. Tim from Ohio

    This guy is an idiot. However, I'm sure CNN contributor Roland Martin will come to his defense since black people can do no wrong in his eyes.

    July 30, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. hrsc

    I will thank you for Luda, all the air time and media attention is making his bank accounts larger as people run out to see what your discussing.Young people love this by the way. The media wants to be able to make all the money and say anything that will sell. Why shouldn't Ludacris enjoy the current environment where everyone that can are making money off of our political system.
    Stats show that the largest buyer of rap music are increasingly young white americans, go figure. And since he is an employee of the white owned media company's they are okay with this. Cover real news he's producing what they want on the shelves.

    Here's a story for you that people in my circles are talking about all the money, influence peddling, lobbiest ties, are much more important Sen. McCain has sat on this board for a very long time (International Republican Institute ) This worries us..

    Obama / Powell 08

    July 30, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. vw

    That is a typical old politics, ask "representative" to play dirty tricks on his opponent and then condemned it...Obama is good at this trick or else he cannot become a senator and a president candidate

    July 30, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. mel

    He should thick to rapping and leave politics alone. Ludacris,
    get out the way of politics because don't know what are saying.
    run for office and you will get talk about. Help your community and
    stay back.

    July 30, 2008 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Kevin

    I suppose this is another performer who a year ago Obama would have been clapping along with but now will be dumped along with all the other things he really likes.

    July 30, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  21. Lim

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

    As an independent, I am very impressed with this fine example of
    Senator Obama's judgement. It is very clear that he doesn't need no
    stinking experience as his judgement is obvisously even better than
    that of the Almighty.

    July 30, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  22. Peter of Oregon

    cough* Dixxie Chicks cough*

    Freedom of speech people.... it's called freedom of speech.

    July 30, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. bill for barack

    How dare he call Hillary irrelevant !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  24. lilacs

    rap has always been in the gutter,and will continune to be in the gutter. Music {if you want to call it that rap that is the lowest form of garbage music their is.

    July 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  25. Independant Thinker

    Just like so many other Obama friends, and Obama does call him friend and even has his song on his ipod.

    Now Obama thows him under the bus just like is grand mother, Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pflaglar, Rezko, and others.

    Do we see a pattern here ??????????

    July 30, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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