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Song Parodies -> "Obama"

Original Song Title:

"Rio"

 (MP3)
Original Performer:

Duran Duran

Parody Song Title:

"Obama"

Parody Written by:

Hu's On First

The Lyrics

Ever since some controversial statements by Barack Obama's former pastor (Jeremiah White) appeared on youTube, a LOT of people have been bashing Obama (in letters to the editor of my local newspaper, on message boards, et cetera), like labeling him as a "Black Panther type", although they know very little about him. I actually HAVE read his autobiography ("Audacity of Hope", and I can tell you two things. First of all, we shouldn't judge people on "sound bites"; I don't think there's anybody reading this who HASN'T said at least 100 offensive or ridiculous things that you now regret, and you wish people would forget; it's just part of human nature. The fact is, the "controversial" statements by Pastor Wright are, as far as I know, anomalies and don't reflect the overall tone of his preaching. Before you go all-out against Obama and his pastor, imagine how you would feel if someone were doing the same thing with offensive things YOU'VE said in the past...don't tell me you haven't made any, we all have. Second of all, in his book he describes a close personal friendship with Senator Robert Byrd. If you know anything at all about Senator Byrd, then you know that he's the LAST person a "Black Panther type" would associate with; he's a former member of the KKK, although he has since renounced those views. The mere fact that Obama is willing to forgive Byrd and make peace with him (let alone becoming the guy's friend!) indicates that he is no "Black Panther type". It just goes to show you that in this "YouTube world", people rush to judgment against someone without thinking it through beforehand.
Drat!

Looking at the YouTube, babe, there are sound-bites in excess
Angry white boy bile puts campaign under duress
With anonymous posts on political sites
They think they're something special and their posts are full of spite

His name's Obama and he's friends with Robert Byrd
That's one thing his detractors probably haven't heard
Don't tell me he hates whites, I find that view absurd
'Cause if he was a Panther, he'd have zilch to do with Byrd

Now Robby marched, so long ago, in sheets and pointy hat
Don't know how you can get much whiter than that
He's no Malcolm or a Bobby Seale
His wish to bring us back together is real

Watch out (wow!) this sound-bite world can really run you down
At the end of the drive, the bloggers arrive, hope you'll survive survive survive

Don't take a chance, 'cause luck ain't on your side
I'll tell you something, I really don't like it
I'll tell you something, you know I don't like it

His name's Obama and he's friends with Robert Byrd
That's one thing his detractors probably haven't heard
Don't tell me he hates whites, I find that view absurd
'Cause if he was a Panther, he'd have zilch to do with Byrd

His name's Obama and he's friends with Robert Byrd
I hope he doesn't wasn't hurt too badly by those nasty words
See, logic takes a fatal blow when emotions all get stirred
It'll be a tragedy if his reputation gets interred

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Steve K. - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
The second last line describes perfectly the attitudes of Rev Wright, who sounds far angrier than anything I've heard from the right. And NO righty that I know of has accused Obama of "hating whites". If he did, he'd have to hate himself, since his mom is white. If a Repub had attended a church for 20 years, whose pastor who said similar horrible things about blacks, would you be willing to call that speech an "anomaly"? Would you be willing to forgive the Repub, even when the pastor performed that Repub's wedding ceremony, and baptized that Repub's kids, and the Repub acknowledged the pastor as a mentor?
Hu's On First - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
Relax, Steve. First of all, you accuse me of unfairly attacking "the right". The detractors I referred to in my parody were mostly anonymous posters on Politico.com and Startribune.com message boards, nearly all of whom identified either as _independents_ or _Hillary supporters_. I never referred to them as "righties", either in the introduction or the parody itself, because they're not. The left-right distinction is something YOU injected into this discussion. The idea of a fundamental difference between left and right is something I don't believe in; we're all human beings and we all have the same basic nature, tendencies, and character flaws. Second of all, you referenced the second-to-last-line, accusing me of unintentional irony. The irony was, actually, intentional. The entire POINT of the parody was that these anonymous posters were acting no nobler than Rev. Wright in their condemnation of him. Some of them referred to any white person who supported Obama as "self-hating", in the exact same breath that they used to condemn the Rev.'s remarks as offensive. Also, I never defended or agreed with anything Rev. Wright said; I think his remarks were ill-informed. At the same time, I think that people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones; we have ALL made offensive in our past, that we wish others would forget. We ALL live in glass houses; I'm willing to admit there are a million things I've said that I wish I hadn't. Are you, Steve? Thirdly, you insinuate that I hold a double standard against whites, and that I wouldn't forgive them in the same situation. That's not true--I forgave Robert Byrd, didn't I? As long as the Republican fully disowned his pastor's remarks, just as Obama has done, I would keep an open mind. I hold absolutely no racial or left-right biases whatsoever. I am willing to forgive anyone as long as their apology is sincere. John McCain has himself used the term "gook" multiple times in the past; but he has since apologized, and I've forgiven him fully. I might not agree with him on every issue, but he is a true American hero. Likewise, when Don Imus got into trouble over his mouth, I believed that as long as he apologized for his statement, it would be wrong to hold a grudge against him (as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton did). I did not believe Jackson and Sharpton were truly acting like Christian reverends when they refused to forgive Imus, or insised that he be fired anyway. In short, you were accusing me of harboring double standards and biases that I in fact do not have. I wasn't bashing Republicans (I was criticizing mostly independents and members of my own party), I harbor no double standards against whites, and I most certainly _would_ be willing to forgive the Republican in the hypothetical situation you described, as long as he sincerely apologized and asked for forgiveness. Is there anything else you wanted to ask me about? -HOF
Guy - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
If you really listened to the inflection in Rev Wright's voice when he said GD America he was not using blasphemy. He was damning America from God's point of view, at least that is how I read into it. The other thing about a conspiracy of creating AIDS as a weapon of genocide is a bit much of a stretch. AIDS has no predjuice - it is an equal opportunity destroyer. He must have had a dose of funny pillls that day. WIth that the Rev was full of it.

I have one and only one issue with Obama - he went on record a few months back and declared that under no circumstances would he ever retaliate in kind with nuclear weapons if we were ever attacked in that manner. It is that 3:00AM phone call that scares the shid out of me. For that reason and that reason only he will never get my vote. Good parody John and so true of the man.
Adam Zen B - March 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I was an Obama supporter...still am. But I've got a problem with the Pastor. Hu, don't be an apologist for him....it's like saying Hitler may have said a few offensive things but that doesn't represent his overall views. Wrong. That Obama doesn't renounce completely this idiotic Pastor gives me--and probably most voters-- pause.
Agrimorfee - March 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Who said Hu said he supported who? :D And BO has gone on the record about this entire episode yesterday...and he speaks well on it. (Stylistically, a good parody, it could have used more changes in the chorus but I like how you explained some of your details)

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