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. Joel Miller

    To defend this stupidity as political satire is just stupid. It puts you in the backward mind-set of the Republican operatives. Glad to see them go.

    December 26, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. max

    and collin powel is still member of this what a waste

    December 26, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. sandee in Portland

    I'm not much of one for politically correct phrases, but this is beyond comprehension. A thinly disguised attempt at racial humor from a person who wants to be chair of the RNC. When will these republicans realize that white people are now in the minority in our country and everytime they hurl a racial insult they are basically insulting the majority of our citizens. Time for the "do it our way, think like we do" party to bow out of the political system.

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

    The Republicans need to keep this up. We will finish sweeping the off the rest of the politicians still remaining at the next election. LETS CLEAN HOUSE FOR GOOD ONCE AND FOR ALL. RACISTS!

    December 26, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. williefloyd

    I'm a white Southern lady, I voted for Obama though I consider myself an Independent-I doubt I'll ever cast another vote for any Republican no matter who the candidate might be. Disgusting racists are a blemish on our society!!

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

    Totally unacceptable.

    December 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. A race to the bottom

    Maybe its time to boycott all things Tenn.

    December 26, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Mike in Cincinnati

    As long as the GOP continues to think that Obama's election was about race, they will continue to miss the big picture, and will become more and more irrelevant in our country's politics going forward.

    They may think, or may joke, that people voted for Obama because of race, that people were trying to make amends about past racial sins, that people were afraid to criticize a black candidate, etc., etc., etc. And maybe this indeed played out for some margin of the voters. But the truth of the matter is that Obama was elected by the majority of the voters because he showed himself to be by far the most qualified candidate. And all you have to do is watch how his transition is going now to know that it is true. Obama is far and away superior in intellect, in decision-making approaches, in collaboration abilities, and in calm, presidential temperament compared to the GOP ticket he ran against.

    The GOP is going to have to figure out how to act as solution-oriented adults in a world of serious adult problems before they are to be taken seriously again. Right now, at least this group is still acting like a bunch of name-calling 3rd graders.

    December 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  9. Jeff, Texas

    Wow, in the 21st century?! Is his top campaign contributor David Duke?

    December 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. The Truth

    These days people say and do racist things all the time and attempt to cover it up saying it's only a joke or "satire"

    The RNC are a bunch of bigots and after the McCain and Palin "klan rallies", oops I mean town meetings, are we the least bit surprised.

    December 26, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Robert

    Bitter and racist much???

    December 26, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  12. Tay in Texas

    So, would it also be okay if I sent everyone a song called "McCain, the old cracker?"

    Are you kidding me? That guy knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he sent out that silliness. Calling "racism" a form of satire is stupid and unimaginative.

    December 26, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. Alex

    Keep it up repugs, I love it. You all are destined to be a permanent minority, Hey by the way 75% of Americans are glad the Bush years are done. Grand Ole Klan Party way to go

    December 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |

    it's very interesting to see that while the rest of the country is moving on to a new direction, the rush limbaugh arm of the right-wing nuts are jerking off with rascist tone.

    it's hard to change a leopard and it's spot. the dye has been cast – the RNC IS DOOMED FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    Rush and the Republicans win the 2008 Bigots of the Year Award.

    December 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Jamal from Washington

    Simply outrageous! I am not sure what world they are living in, but I am certain that common sense and intelligence doesn't exist there.

    December 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. edu of NOVA

    When I first read about this, I thought racist ignorant bigots!. Then the Democrtic strategist in me said racist ignorant bigots - the RNC really shows its true colours (Racist National Commitee indeed!). For every Michael Steele, the GOP is and always will be run by an old school bigot network. Now, is there anyway that these people can move on from their loss? I doubt it. McCain sold his soul to these idiots and lost (with the help of Gov Palin). After a landside election I dont think that these bigot realize that they have marginalized themselves and have become a regional niche party that panders to the worst character traits: Fear, ignorance, and xenophobia. By the way where are Peter, Paul, and Mary don't they own the song?

    December 26, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. Pete

    As a Republican all I can say is what an idiot this guy is.

    It reminds me of others saying that McCain would play the race card during the election.

    Keep race out of politics and out of civil discourse.

    December 26, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. The Truth

    The countries unemployment rate is steadily climbing, thousands of homes continue to go into foreclosure and 2009 is going to be even tougher. Yet the RNC have time to make up racist songs to the tune of Puff The Magic Dragon.
    After 8 years of their incompetant leadership I'm surprised things aren't worse than what they are.

    December 26, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  20. Beah


    December 26, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. avoter

    America, this is what you get when you vote Republican.... Thank God for Tennessee; it makes some other southern states look better – not good!!!!!! I hope we never have another Republican in office.

    December 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Hank from NJ

    The only way these morons will stop, is for everyone stop buying the products of the sponsors for the Rush Limbaugh’s radio show and his close friends.

    Once they are off the air they can go out in the street and play their CD.
    Rush does have the moxie to do this though; and, beside there's no money in it – the real reason he does every screwy thing he does!

    I'm glad to see there is not even "one" comment that supports Rush and his band of LOSERS! Thanks for Standing Up Americans!

    December 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. Morgan

    Way to repair your image Republicans... wow!

    December 26, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  24. arc, Lugano CH

    the GOP is the Party of the People....the inbred white racists of the 1950s at least....

    Well Done Republican Conservatives! True Colors shining through once again!!!

    December 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. TF

    Yeah and the KKK thought it was funny when they were hanging us from trees!!!!

    December 26, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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