December 26th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
5 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. SMR

    There goes his chance to land the RNC chair seat. Just another CREEP that need to go. JERK!!!

    December 26, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. Rich

    You know he's saying "I don't know why 'those people' are so offended by this."

    Pretty stupid, but as that has been the GOP m.o. for the last eight years why should anyone expect anything less.

    Does the GOP have any smart people left or is this the best they got?

    December 26, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. benjamin

    This makes me very sick to my stomach. While the rest of us are trying to forge new political directions based on the dire needs of our people, fools like these are sitting on their piles of cash, with nothing better to do than make offensive, off-color jokes about the directions America is headed, which none of them could fathom in their greed and self-serving policy making. People like this dillude the effectiveness of the Republican Party, in this tumultuous time for them they need to pull together for America, not for themselves. It is absolutely disgusting. Shame and pity on them.

    December 26, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Woodrow

    I found it quite funny. In case you haven't listened to it, which obviously none of you have, it is making fun of white guilt.

    You people need to get the stick out of your arse and lighten up.

    You Democrats and Republicans all make me sick. Neiither of your party's are right.

    December 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Mel of Alexandria, Virginia

    It is not just what is said, but from whom it comes.When there has been a relationship of trust and good will that which seems controversial can be a joke as it relates to that which those who are outside of that relationship can neither fully understand nor treat in a positive manner. When it comes from right wing bigots and racists who may still have their white hoods hanging in the closet it is a whole different matter.

    But why is CNN airing the action of one who might well be the "grand wizard dragon" whose motive is clearly to divide instead of trying to unite.

    December 26, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. AnaB

    Ok not only racist, but can you say immature?

    December 26, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. double standard

    Have any of you heard the song? You should not comment until you have. Also have you seen the vile on the previous blog? But i guess calling Palin a "redneck" is not at all offensive though? It is always a double standard when it comes to liberals

    December 26, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Cam, Atlanta

    I wonder if Sean Hannity will skip this incident as a talking point as they did when Bristol Palin's future Mother-in-Law got arrested?

    Somehow, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Sustern left this out. Now with that said, do you really think Bobby Jindal has a chance? He's not black, however he is a lot "darker" than Obama? Will they change the title to Jindal the magic Engine..ooops Indian?

    This is why the RNC are labled hate-mongers, lost the Hispanic vote and will not attract any African-Americans. Honestly, I think they are ok with that.

    December 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. AH

    another selection from the Big Tent party...racist pigs...WWJD?

    December 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. Former Republican

    I WOULD NOT BE A MEMBER OF THE CURRENT

    REPUBLICAN PARTY IF I HAD TO GO TO PRISON FOR IT.

    AND THESE PEOPLE CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS ?

    THE RNC HAS BECOME A COLLECTION OF DEGENERATE

    HYPOCRITES OF THE WORST KIND. MAYBE IT ALWAYS WAS &

    I JUST DIDN'T KNOW. I AM TRULY SORRY FOR MY PAST SUPPORT.

    December 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. mel

    and this is how they plan to bring about a more diverse party

    December 26, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    I'd like to throw my size 6 shoes at the whole lot of the GOP.

    They are all KU KLUX KLAN members, I'm convinced.

    December 26, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  13. Perusing-Through

    Okay people, let us connect the dots.

    [1.] – Chip Saltsman is the former Chairman of the racist Tennessee Republican Party (TRP), an organization that makes a "regular practice" of playing the race card, then stepping back and showing their hands as though TRP and Chip's intentions were innocent and meant only as humor.

    [2.] – Rush Limbaugh is the pill-popping druggie who is hopelessly bent on playing the race card , then pretending the audience misread his intentions and overreacted to his otherwise innocent statements, comments, and gestures.

    What people should be asking is why Chip Saltsman, Rush Limbaugh, and the TRP must consistently turn to race-baiting tactics when ever addressing any matter that may have a tinge of non-Anglo Saxon component?

    December 26, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Godluvr

    Republicans, Republicans, how hath the mighty fallen so low?

    Go Democrats, Go President Obama and VP Biden!

    Come quickly 1.20.09!

    God Bless America, from a true American!

    December 26, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. SMR

    Who sang the lyrics, HANK WILLIAMS JR. ANOTHER JERK!!!

    December 26, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Shari, N.Y.

    Sticks and stones may break ones bones but words can be like water on a duck's back. They just cannot believe that a person whose profile does not suit them is now poised to lead the country. Get over it! This is only the beginning of a radical change in the US especially where demographics is concerned!

    December 26, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Are You Kidding Me???!!

    This is absolutely reprehensible, disgusting, shameful, disgraceful, and utterly appalling!!!! I am SO sick of the racism and ignorance that the GOP has displayed – and then to hear them laugh about it as if it were funny! This is a perfect example of why the GOP lost and why they are being left in the dust by the vast majority of Americans and the world. We want to move forward – not regress as the Republican party seems to be doing....

    The Republican party is becoming more and more irrelevent by the day, and it's amazing that they haven't realized why they lost yet. Infact, they just keep diggin themselves a deeper hole for their demise. They are delusional.

    Divided we WILL fall !!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  18. Obama Supporter in Colorado Springs

    Wow – where are the so-called 'Christian' members of the republican party expressing their outrage?? Typical hypocrites... this party continues to show their true colors of bigotry and exclusion. Good riddance!

    December 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. Jose

    OMFG. RNC has no shame. Wow. These people are not Americans. They are bigots who will not be content until they find a way to bring down PE Obama. Truly a new low for a party that continues to become irrelevant in today's times.

    December 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. chris @stl

    RNC is a mess .... the party should be banned until it is rid of all the racists and thugs, and fit to be a 21st century party. Kick all the idiots out, NOW.

    I'm a repub, and am ashamed of the party.

    December 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. bk

    Get a life people! Remember Obama and his "Typical White Person" Where was the outrage then? You hypocrites.

    December 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. KJL

    I generally respect the opinions of others, since I have a few pretty strong ones myself, but some of the ideas and actions emerging from the Republican base are frightening. As an Independant I'm open to voting for members of either party, but it will take one heck of a candidate to make me want to jump into that cesspool.

    December 26, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. King of NJ

    RNC IS DONE!

    Thank you Barack for bringing them to their demise!!

    December 26, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  24. Sandra

    Another example that keeps racism alive and well. Why do we have to disignate whether a person is black, white, beige or tan? The same kind of blood flows in all of us. If your last chance to live was to get a blood transfusion from anyone but white, would you refuse it. If you fell in the street and someone gave you a helping hand, would you refuse it do to color?
    This Rep. should be asked to leave office as you can tell he will not be a bipartician politician.

    December 26, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  25. Perusing-Through

    HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE GOP "VALUES" PARTY

    [1.] – Chip Saltsman is the former Chairman of the racist Tennessee Republican Party (TRP), an organization that makes a "regular practice" of playing the race card, then stepping back and showing their hands as though TRP and Chip's intentions were innocent and meant only as humor.

    [2.] – Rush Limbaugh is the pill-popping druggie who is hopelessly bent on playing the race card , then pretending the audience misread his intentions and overreacted to his otherwise innocent statements, comments, and gestures.

    REPUBLICAN's FINEST:-)

    December 26, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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