December 26th, 2008
03:10 PM ET
12 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. Nashville Michael

    You have to live here in Tennessee to understand how utterly hypocritical, racist, unAmerican and detestable some of these so-called "Christian Republicans" really are. I have neighbors who pride themselves on their love of Jesus, yet have plates on the front bumpers of their cars bearing jokes about people with AIDS. It's sickening.

    December 26, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |


    December 26, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. Renee

    Why is this not only expected, but encouraged. He's our President, for Pete's sake. He's going to be questioned, scrutinized and reported on for at least four years. Jib Jab has been sticking it to Bush for years. Sarah Palin and McCain got it on the campaign trail. Wake up people! This comes with the territory!

    December 26, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Tony the Tiger

    If the song came from someone in Youtube .. it's probably a joke. If it's from RNC, common ... you gotta be kidding that this is a joke! What a lame excuse.

    December 26, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  5. curt

    Most people reconize rasicm when they see it, it;s o.k that's why the RNC are loser's and will continue to lose, that's why fat boy can not stay married, to much hate in his weak heart

    December 26, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Zack Centre

    Want to have a great day tomorrow? Drop all your "friends" who are Republicans,because real friends aren't racist unless you're a member of the KKK or a Nazi. I did and life is so much better than wasting time arguing with republican losers.

    December 26, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. Peach in Georgia

    This is the reason why a lot of us who are real Christians left the hate infused Republican Party and voted for Pres. Elect Obama. What an example to send out hate entwined with racism for Christmas. If they keep it up, than in 2012 they will be no Republicans left just a few winking fools. The RNC should be ashamed, first using donors political funds for someones wardrobe and extravagance and now hate and racism for Christmas. They really have not got it, have they. I was a Republican for over 30 years and had enough quiet awhile ago. And you can tell they are Christians by their love....NOT.. Shameless...

    December 26, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Johnny B

    So let me get this straight, the democrats have their panties all in a bunch over this, when they were the ones who voted against gay marriage? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.. Discrimination is discrimination. Get over yourselves left wingers; you aren’t any better than the repubs. Oh and in case you’re wondering, I’m an independent.

    December 26, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  9. stevieray

    ignorant – racist – par for the course for the GOP. When are americans going to understand that the GOP thinks we are stupid – and how could they not when you silly fools voted for W. – TWICE.

    December 26, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  10. Charlie in Maine

    RNC=Really nasty crooks.

    December 26, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  11. Steve in Louisville

    Time for a de-Republicanization effort in this country - just as they had a de-Nazification effort in Germany after World War II

    December 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  12. Dave, Illinois

    Godluvr, you are a racist and a bigot. Because two black men do not agree with your political views, you insult them like a child would. I have heard black Republicans called "Uncle Toms", "House N!ggers", etc from the Left. This is just another example of what a bunch of hypocrits you people are. Yeah, this type of satire is stupid and hurtful – from either side. By the way, Dems, how is old Grand Wizard Robert Byrd doing.

    December 26, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. virginia for obama

    I agree with Bonehead. . . . How in the world that black people can be a part of that racist party. They don't care about you. Listen to some of the commentaries on these News channels.

    This black women just can't understand it.

    December 26, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. Bgail

    One concern I have as a christian is being lumped in with the likes of these guys. Being a christian doesn't mean you're an ignorant bigot any more than being white makes you a bigot. If one of them went to Yale, would that make all Yale grads stupid too?

    But we all have choices people. They choose to do dumb things, others of us may not. Let's just connect these people with who they are–misguided, backward, out of touch, hateful (I could go on and on) who may call themselves christian. I will not go as far as to question their Christianity–only God knows their heart. I am hoping that we as sane people have the ability to disconnect these people's ignorance and their ignorant acts from their stated religion.

    December 26, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Mike Dallas

    Now, folks what did we expect from racist rednecks?

    After all the Reptilaians favorite reptile is just David Duke in drag!

    December 26, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  16. RNC=Really Nutty Coo-Coo's

    Repubs, THIS is why we voted DEMOCRAT this year. Maybe if you stop acting like angry children, try fixing our economy. Try getting us out of Iraq. Then we'll listen to what you want.

    And of course this Saltsballs guy is from Tennessee, a southerner. I bet he still clings on to those "Jim Crow Laws" and prejudice.

    This is what the Republican party is:
    -Childish, Immature
    -Believes "Me, God" instead of "We, the people."

    December 26, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  17. chris @stl

    I don't listen to Hannity or Rush. Some one in this blog made a comment about boycotting the sponsors of these ultra radical programs. Can any one post the list of sponsors of Rush and Hannity. I would like to send a letter to the sponsors and letting them know of my intention to boycott their products. This is the most effective way to stop these racist hate mongering bigots from dividing this country.

    December 26, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Kathi Geukes

    Just another shot from the Repubs.....Bad news one thinks this kind of crap is funny anymore...Or are you getting a bail out from Bush too?

    December 26, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. mavisdarling

    The problem here is that most people DO NOT find this funny, and any REAL politician would be sensitive to that. "White Guilt"? In their own deranged Republican minds, that might make sense and I guess it's cool to make fun of it. But MOST people find the song title and the CD title offensive, as well as the underlying hate and racism behind them.

    December 26, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  20. FL PUMA

    What. An. Idiot.

    Satire is Barack the Magic Saviour. What they came up with was meant to be hurtful on more levels than just targeted "satire" and sour grapes.

    December 26, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  21. Mike

    Wow, all these comments by people who don't know what they are talking about. Have any of you heard the song? It is not making fun of PEBO, it is making fun of some of the racist things that a lot of LIBERAL people and publishings had said about PEBO, such as the Times, and Quotes like this one:
    Speaking to the New York Observer: Biden was equally skeptical — albeit in a slightly more backhanded way — about Mr. Obama. “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” he said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

    Gee, sounds like Biden is a bit racist doesn't it.

    Most Americans, including the RNC do not condone racism and are not racist. When did America become so politically correct that you cannot say a thing without hurting someone's feelings? Why is it not ok to say something negative about someone if their skin happens to be black, or brown, or tan, or green, or purple, but its ok to say anything you want about someone if they are white, or a Christian, or from a small town.

    How can racism ever really end if people are so sensitive that they let something as insignificant as a stupid song making fun of people that said stupid things upset them so much?

    December 26, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  22. Teke in CT

    Hey, on the bright side: As long as clueless bigots like Chris Saltsman continue to be the guiding lights for the GOP, we Dems stand a much better chance of retaining control of the White House and both houses of Congress! Right on, Chris–just keep on sending out those "oh-so-funny" CDs!

    December 26, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  23. virginia for obama

    As a Black person reading these comment, It makes my heart feel so

    good to know that this country has come along way by the support

    that you are giving Obama. I know the comment are coming from

    people from all walks of life ( White, Black, Hispanic, Republican,

    Democrat, Independent, etc. . . . God Bless You All. Oh Yeah! ran – is

    right. If we all get together we can take them out of office for good.

    December 26, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Eric

    I've heard a lot worse things from Chris Rock too. But Chris Rock doesn't represent our government and is not an elected official. When a person who is supposed to represent the people is more interested in degrading them it's a big deal.

    December 26, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. John Janski

    Direct your anger at the Iranian Mullahs people not the Republicans. The Mullahs want to kill you.

    December 26, 2008 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
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