December 26th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
6 years ago

RNC chair candidate sends out controversial Obama song

(CNN) - A candidate for Republican National Committee chairman said Friday it was clear the content of a CD he sent committee members for Christmas - that included lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” - was intended as a joke.

“I think most people recognize political satire when they see it,” Chip Saltsman told CNN. “I think RNC members understand that.” Saltsman, a former chair of the Tennessee Republican Party, was a top advisor to former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and managed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign.

The song, set to the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon,” was first played on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show in 2007. Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation’s history of mistreatment of African-Americans. Saltsman said the song, penned by long-time friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily recognized as satire directed at the Times.

The parody CD sent to RNC members this Christmas, first reported by The Hill Friday, is titled “We Hate the USA”, and includes songs referencing former presidential John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among other targets.


Filed under: Chip Saltsman • RNC
soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Eric Grant

    Republican will never learn. That is why they are now a minority party in this country. Move on people... Newt Gingrich has.

    December 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. amused but happy in Vegas

    Another stellar moment in American politics.

    December 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. chuck

    THE RNC NOW MEANS REALLY NOTHING CREDITABLE.

    December 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Winterlady

    You have GOT to be kidding me. Seriously – in this day and age, that "jokes" aren't considered racism is just absolutely bull-puckey.

    What is wrong with these people???

    December 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    What is wrong with these Anglos?

    December 26, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. Michael Dunn

    yeah it's okay to be a racist pig, just say you're joking... This is exactly the reason we needed the Republicans out of office...That group sickens me!

    December 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  7. ATL reader

    Haters, someone should tell these idiots the election is over..... Could it be that they are jump starting for 2012 or just a lil slow in the head ?ummmmm million dollar question

    December 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. Jim Hall

    The republican party should be ashamed of itself. Talk about being racist and a bunch of biggots. When will these village idiots wake up?????????????Jim Hall Kansas City, Missouri.

    December 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    come on now CNN is a post like this REALLY newsworthy? It's not going to change anything.

    December 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Lyndon from CA

    I have commented on this individual in the past. At that time, I referred to him as a bigget and it is refreshing that he has not disappointed me.

    December 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. jane in Columbus,ks

    A thinking person would have thought that they might have learned from this past election that racism needs to be gone from the American conversation but NO... it is still alive and kicking in repukicansville and they wonder why they are held in such low regard by millions of Americans? Bah humbug to all of you who find this amusing or in the Christmas spirit!!

    December 26, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. SC

    Is that all LAME REPUBLICANS can do? Shame on you! Life goes on. It really does. So, learn to live with the fallout of your SUCKNESS! Sorry!

    December 26, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. mb

    Some republicans really need some serious mental health help.
    These some give the GOP a bad name. What Saltsman is saying that the GOP does not want diversity in the party.

    December 26, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Typical, run-of-the-mill Republican racist scumbags.

    December 26, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. GiroGeezer, Calif.

    Please tell me your kidding...
    Let me guess, it is sung by the RNC Tabernacle Choir?

    December 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Republicakkkan Party

    Once again the RNC is showing it's true colors when it comes to people of color. While you're at it why don't you pick Dave Duke to run the RNC Party.

    December 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. CNN = Jerry Springer of News

    The RNC just does not learn. The people of the United States are sick of this style of campaigning. Again, Republicans are trying to label Democrats as anti-American by calling this CD demonizing Democrats, "We Hate the USA." If this candidate to become the RNC Chairman wins with this kind of campaigning it will prove the RNC is not ready to move forward and are stuck in the past.

    December 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. Jeanine

    Repubs–still haven't learned anything.

    December 26, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. Christopher

    WOW it's amazing what some people will do and think that people will accept it as ok. We will be watching to see the the RNC CHAIR candidate, will actually become the chair for the RNC. If this is the kind of negativity they tend to hold onto, certainly the RNC's days are numbered

    December 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. Caroline

    Oh my goodness...

    December 26, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Susan

    The Republican Party sickens me. They talk about how they need to reach out beyond their base to minorities and young people, and then pull this sort of crap.

    No wonder people are abandoning these ignorant dinosaurs in droves. Idiots!

    December 26, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. Ray from CA

    Republicans are being stupid

    December 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. curtis in WI

    I'm so glad the Republicans are heeding everyone's advice to stop being a party of bigots and, oh, wait.....

    December 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. A race to the bottom

    How ironic can it get when a jew sends this type of slanderous material?Just proves they like someone else to be scapegoated and not themselves.

    December 26, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  25. brian

    Waiting eagerly to see which, if any Republicans denouce this blatantly racist move.

    December 26, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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