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.


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soundoff (376 Responses)
  1. Mark

    and the repubs wonder why they lost the election...

    December 26, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. lxg

    This is another glimpse into the soul of the Republican party. Divide people on whatever lines you can. This is like a fraternity song by incompetent fools trying to bolster their own esteem by making fun of others. This is the party of "wide stances." The party without any African American in either the House or Senate. There is absolutely no shame in this party. They are on the verge of being eclipsed by the Libertarians in the next election. Come on Sarah Palin, take the party over and drive it into the junk heap of history.

    December 26, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. dr.mimi de la cuz

    THE RNC HAS BECOME A CLUB OF LECHEROUS BIGOTS.

    December 26, 2008 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Don

    Joke my butt. This is from the party to be known as the "Boys of the KKK." Rednecks one and all.

    December 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. michael

    the GOP really is a sleaze party..man they had better wake up!!!!!!!! Americans are really TIRED of this crap

    December 26, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Thomas L. Bakersfield CA

    Well obviously the GOP has learned absolutely nothing from the November elections. Divisiveness and polarizing the country with messages of hate will get you no where but a very fast ticket out of town if you're running for office. True Americans can clearly see right now what the GOP agenda is all about, and they are absolutely fed up with those old tired ways of keeping this country divided.

    Thank God the majority of Catholics in this country have finally seen the light of day, and the truth for what it really is. The GOP wishes to take us all back to the dinosaur age, well they can stay right there and rot for all I care!

    December 26, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. keeth in california

    Disrespect, division and hate are all the GOP can seem to muster these days.

    December 26, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  8. liz

    This is just another example of institutional racism-the most chronic untreated disease in America. Some Southern white men will just not come to grips with reality. Those who say they are Christians and continue to spew this 21st century version of Jim Crow are an affront to Americans–blue and red. This"parody" makes me see RED.

    December 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. Slickingdon in N.J.

    Chip Saltsman is nothing more that a BIGOT from Tennessee and this
    proves that the RNC has nothing that's valid anymore. All this is done
    in the style of hidden racism. I pity the fools who partake in this sideshow.

    December 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Keith

    Chip.....GOP from my state of TN....up to his "old" tricks.

    This guy is pure dirt.

    A Rush Slimeball wannabe.

    This was no accident.....go back and look at his record.

    Just what the GOP needs...I am a DEmocrat.....please vote for Chip....that will be the final nail in the GOP coffin!!

    December 26, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  11. oneStarman

    SALTY THE KLANSMAN is a fairy tale they say but the RNC aren't like you and me and they love their lies and hate.

    December 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. fiendish avatar

    The song is not racist. It's dumb. It's race-baiting. It's hypocritical and hardly a satisfying satire, but it is not racist. Ironic, too, that the wannabe RNC chairman thinks that this is obviously satire of an LA Times article–when LA Times readership is at an all time low, making it an obscure reference for most people who do not listen to every word Rush spits out through his formerly nicotine encrusted lips.

    What should really offend people is the fact that the CD is called "We Hate America." When George W. Bush drew a line in the sand and proclaimed, "You are either with us or against us," he was talking about terrorism. He was not talking about disagreeing with the GOP's vision of America. One thing that people should love about the man who will pray at Obama's innauguration is his appeal for civility in politics. It is something we so desperately need right now, and I wish the RNC would recognize that and step up to the plate; despite Barrack's efforts, the DNC is failing in this area so it could be a grand slam in 2012.

    December 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. monticor

    HEY HEY TOM DELAY

    December 26, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. mel

    don't forget – sarah palin's staff are sending out racist e-mails from the state office – her comment – oh, it was only several out of thousand employees.

    December 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Marshan from Jax, FL

    Political suicide? Politicians whether Reps or Democrates are all corrupt, biased, and even in some cases racists. Media attention like this just helps us sift through to support the best of the corrupt.

    December 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. Preston

    In response I think most people recognize racism when they see it. Honestly how many non-racist people use the word Negro?

    December 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  17. JUST NOT FUNNY

    NOT funny.. not now.. not ever! I think that I would have enjoyed an "RNC THE MAGIC LOSERS" tune FAR better!

    December 26, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  18. S.Positive

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    December 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. Paul C.

    There's a difference between satire and downright ugliness and the RNC qualifies for that. That's why it always cracks me up when I see these people like Joel Watkins, Amy Holmes et al who serve an agenda that sees them as slaveowners saw their slaves, tokens to the fullest. I believe that this is the tip of the iceberg so look for more filth coming from the right. And I hope they do, they'll just lose again and again until they can accept humility and drop these neo morons from the once proud GOP.
    oh and p.s. "american patriot conservative" you remind of the right wing trash that deny the Holocaust ever happened. The name really is "unamerican traitor facist". Stop eating those paintchips man, they're making you stupid!

    December 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Steady There

    This comment is a reply to "A race to the bottom" who said,

    [A race to the bottom December 26th, 2008 3:25 pm ET

    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]

    You might want to take a moment to check your facts before you make a complete fool of yourself. Do you really think Chip Salsman is a Jew? Based on what, that Salsman sounds like a Jewish name? Well, guess what, you are totally wrong. First, his name is Chip Salsman, Jr. and it is very rare indeed for a Jew to be nicknamed 'Chip' or be a 'Jr," or to be working at the top for Huckabee, or to have attended Father Ryan High School, a Catholic high school in Nashville, and then Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

    Your post makes you (A race to the bottom) look like an ignorant racist.

    December 26, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. a southern bell

    THE BUSH CHRISTIANS FROM THE AIRPORT BATHROOMS TO

    THE HALLS OF SHAME. WHO KNEW THESE DEGENERATES WERE

    AMONG US TILL THIS DAY. THE DEVIL POSING AS A CHRISTIAN

    CHRIST DISOWNED THEM WHILE ON EARTH & DOES IN HEAVEN.

    December 26, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. billy-bayou

    i have some comedt for all you obama lovers, it goes something like this......Rev. Wright, Farher Pflager, Bernadine Dorn,Tony Rezko, Rashide Kahalidi, Bill Ayers, Ward Churchill, followers of Saul Alinsky and finally the "great himself" barack obama..."Birds of a feather flock together" This is what you have to look forward to along with the presence of the great plagerist, joe biden. Now that's funny...LOL
    Enjoy your future.

    December 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Gideon Indiana

    I don't understand defending it as a joke. All inappropriate jokes about race are considered jokes, by the racists telling them. Its like saying as long as you put your bigotry in the form of a joke its ok.

    December 26, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    he's still breathing?

    December 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. umu ule

    This bunch of individuals that make this horrible noice, I mean the NATIONAL RACIST PARTY (NRC) are the minority in this continental community today. Didn't you guys see what they did to the JEWS, I mean the HITLER stuff. leave them to continue making noice like a drawning person. Their time is over even though it took several hundred years to happen, the world is happy it's over and i don't thing they have any other place to run to, hide or habitate. The ground is too hot for them and the see is seriously boiling, even the sky is not save.
    You can now immagine while all the noice just to distract us.

    December 26, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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