Obama Denounces Rap Song that Endorses Him, Slams McCain, Bush, Clinton
July 30, 2008Sen. Barack Obama's campaign Wednesday denounced as “offensive” a song by the rapper Ludacris that endorses Obama’s candidacy while saying that John “McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed.”
The song also slams President Bush, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Ludacris says of Clinton, “Hillary hated on you, now that b---- is irrelevant.”
The song also refers to disparaging comments that Jackson made about Obama recently, which he subsequently apologized for. But Ludacris said, “Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what? If you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut.”
The song calls Bush “mentally handicap (sic),” and said “you’re the worst of the 43 presidents.”
The song portrays Obama’s inauguration as inevitable.
“Can’t stop what’s about to happen. He’s about to make history. The first black president is destiny and it’s meant to be.”
The song ends saying, “The world is ready to change because Obama is here.”
In a statement circulated in the media, the Obama campaign denounced the lyrics.
“As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
“This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.”
Ludacris is a Grammy-award winning artist who has faced criticism from both talk show hosts Bill O’Reilly and active Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey in the past for his lyrics.