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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  1. Chrystel from Fayetteville, NC

    There is nothing funny about making fun of someone's race. There is too much hidden meaning behind these "jokes" for me. As an African American living abroad, I see how ignorant our so called conservative leaders look in the eyes of the world. Political satire would be "Barak the Magic Man." I guess this is what we should come to expect from the wounded RNC. Now that they got their a$$e$ handed to them this election, they are going to show us how to lose without dignity. I guess we should expect this type of stupidity every now and then, since these idiots have finally been exposed for what they are.

    But the sour grapes are so sweet on the other side. Go Obama!!!

    December 26, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  2. Franky

    "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."

    What the heck is that?? "Barack the Magic Negro?" All of a sudden they turned into rappers or something? And is a joke?? A joke?? Hating America?? I wanna listen to that tape and I'll tell you if its a joke...

    December 26, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Bea

    wow calling someone a negro is satire? interesting

    December 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  4. Michael

    When will these jugheads ever get it that they got clobbered across the board in the 2008 election FOR A REASON. The American people, in large majority, are sick and tired of the RNC and its style of politics. Get a life, guys.

    Michael in Tucson

    December 26, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. bonehead

    This is why all the black republicans are all fools. This party only wants to use blacks and others. They can keep the garbage they have. And they are garbage and a bunch of thieves.

    December 26, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  6. titansgal

    Wow! Just when you begin to feel a teensy bit proud of your country and the direction it's hopefully taking.............

    December 26, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  7. LM75

    It really boggles the mind to see how raciest the the Repugs. Move on past that people. Yor are losing most Americans by being such raciest.

    December 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  8. Walt

    Why am I not surprised to see RNC officials distributing something like this?
    Why am I not surprised to see them frantically backtracking and explaining it as innocent "satire?"
    Face it... people who would seriously endorse Sarah Palin are not exactly capable of foresight, common sense or even ordinary courtesy.

    December 26, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  9. Kaye -Jacksonville FL

    Guess he signed up on "teamsarah.org" and figured that there's still a lot of ignorant, racist Americans out there to be wooed for a vote.

    Honestly – how can anything with the word "negro" in it be considered funny? What an ignorant, asinine thing to do...

    December 26, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  10. Toby in Illinois

    Conservatives would be well advised never, never, never to attempt humor. It's not in the conservative genes, because it relies upon looking at a situation from different perspectives.

    December 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  11. Chris in Va.

    Why is this a surprise? Watching the Republican rallies I was amazed at the diversity of the attendees, there were tall white racists, short white racists, fat white racists, skinny white racists, old white racists, not-so-old white racists, male white racists, female white racists, dumb white racists, dumber white racists...........

    December 26, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  12. sick of it

    None of listened to the song.....none of you listen to the song....none of you listen to the song!!!!!!! Good job CNN...way to make something out of nothing!! Listen to the song people!!!!!!

    December 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Mickey, New York

    An American Patriot Conservative said...

    [Is it because he used the word "Negro"? I have heard a lot of people talk about the "Magic" of this election, and Barrack Obama? Not sure what all the fuss is all about]

    You just don't get it, do you? You're "not sure what all the fuss is about"?

    That's the problem with conserv/repubs... mentally defecient bigots.

    December 26, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Elsee

    As a human woman of European-American heritage, let me say I'M SORRY other humans who share my complexion are such insensitive, arrogant douchbags. It ain't me, babe. The good news: they're the minority party now.

    December 26, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. Franky

    By the way, what do conservatives know about satire?? Do they even know what that means?? Or is?? But then again, this is the same party that is fighting between technology and values...now that's funny!

    December 26, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  16. Ken

    Let's hear from all of the upcoming possible Republi KKKan candidates as to how they feel about this. Mitt- what do you think?? Mike?? Does this follow your Christian philosophy?? Sarah – we know you are deaf. You just "didn't hear" any of this type of comment that you fomented at your rallies

    When do the "normals" take back their party?

    When is it time, even for Republicans, to say "Enough is Enough!"?

    December 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  17. Gloria

    I have deserted many republican "friends" because of the same attitude and I don't miss them at all. They call themselves christians, go to church every Sunday, read the Bible daily, and are the biggest hyprocrites I have ever known.

    December 26, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  18. Captain

    Let the republican party take it's rightful place in history.

    Under a rock. With all the other slime.

    December 26, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. Davidson

    The few Racist Nutcake Criminals left soon to be institutionalized or imprisoned for war crimes.The few retarded genetic inbreds left deftly wandering the halls of congress or toe tapping in public urinals for votes or proudly kissing the ground when the Rush program begins.

    December 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. J-Syxx

    Yeah, calling him a negro is satire. And maybe the KKK is just a family organization. And the RNC wonders why minorities won't vote for these bottom dwellers.

    December 26, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Jerry

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

    December 26, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Stan Morrison

    Chip's CD explains why the Republicans continue their march backward in history. Political satire needs to hyperbolize some political action, idea or agenda. Chip would make a wonderful RNC chairperson.

    December 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. I am a liberal and love to use the racist card

    Liberals are LOVING THIS....an easy opportunity to be "OUTRAGED"!!! Listen to the song people!!!! Have any you every listed to Rush other than a short audio clip take out of context....I doubt it! Look what they did to Imus.....do you really think if this song was that bad and Rush played it he would still be on the air??? Come on people.....for some of you "Racist" is your favorite word i swear!

    December 26, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. Perusing-Through

    WHERE IS JAMES DOBSON, FOCUS ON THE FAMILY, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL, and SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN-EVANGELICALS?

    Oh, I just found them. They are hiding in the "Amen Corner" for Chip Saltsman, Rush Limbaugh, and the Tennessee Republican Party (TNP).

    December 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  25. David

    Its ignorant stuff like this that has turned the Republican party into 30% Religious nuts who need to look in the mirror and stop hiding behind the bible and 70% Bigots and Racist. Which is perfect because as these old racist and religous nuts die off the Republicans will become a thing of the past.

    December 26, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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