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Song Parodies -> "Chester A. Arthur"

Original Song Title:

"The Rainbow Connection"

Original Performer:

Kermit The Frog

Parody Song Title:

"Chester A. Arthur"

Parody Written by:

Old Man Ribber

The Lyrics

Michael Pacholek must think I'm concertrating on Presidents from New York - Van Buren, Cleveland, and now the 21st President Chester A. Arthur. If we remember him at all today, it is for his magnificent side whiskers. In fact, this product of machine politics and the spoils system (he was always personally honest) became an early champion of civil service reform and an effective chief executive. The message for today's politicians is clear - if Arthur can change, so can you! ;D

Why are there so many
Tributes to Lincoln,
Kennedy, and Washington?
What of the lesser men
Who served their country?
Where is their place in the sun?
Come back with me to the late eighteen-hundreds,
Where plutocrats plunder and rob,
And hear the story of Chester A. Arthur -
The man who grew into the job!

Mustache and big sideburns,
Elegant dresser,
Loved fine wine and high cuisine.
He was the protege
Of Roscoe Conkling's
Republican Stalwart machine.
Conkling's influence got Chet on the ticket.
Garfield did not want him there!
Guiteau shot Garfield, and Chester A. Arthur
Then rose to the President's chair.

He foreswore spoilsmanship,
Kept Conkling distant,
To the boss didn't conform.
Showed great integrity -
For civil service
Enacted needed reform!
Helped to build our modern navy - thank goodness!
'Though his term had little myth...
Chester A. Arthur,
Like Prince Hal before him,
Became more like Henry The Fifth!

The more I research the subjects of these parodies, the more I like them! ;D

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Christie Marie M - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
The OS sounds much better when parodied because this sounds too sentimental, though I dig Kermit The Frog. That was an excellent research you did on Arthur! Take me to the Presidents Hall Of Fame now! LOL!! 555.
Mark Scotti - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
"Drive through the park, Bitterman. You know how I love the park!"....oops...wrong Arthur. LOL! See how they're forgotten...
Timmy1000 - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
They probably don't even let animatronic Arthur speak at Disney World - no respect.
Fiddlegirl - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm thinking illustrated coffee table book for all of these parodies... ;) 555!
TJC - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
A Parody of Presidential Proportions... armored limo'ing you Fives from Fort Jocks(ularity!)...
AFW - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
You're certainly setting a President with this theme...I never even knew there was a President Chester A. Arthur..
Sir Lance-A-LoTT - February 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Wasn't he the source of those famous "Arthurian" legends? The Nights at the Round Table, discussing civil service reform, and all?
Phil Nelson - February 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Yeah I agree we need more tributes to lesser known presidents. 5'S
John Jenkins - February 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Very good stuff, OMR. In answer to your second question, "What of the lesser men who served their country?", I would suggest that politicians who claim to be serving the country are, for the most part, lesser men. The greater men (and women) are those who work in private industry who produce products and services that people actually want. The nobility of public service as it is performed by most politicians is another myth.

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