Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm Dreaming................. of a White President



George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven

I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a white man

I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land

In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”

“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”

How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?

I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?

I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that

Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Oh yeah

1 comment:

Brian E. said...

Randy Newman is always up to something. Great musician.

He hit the nail on the head with this one.... showing how some people in this Country still think.

Ironically.... it's largely working class and middle class whites in the South who think this way. They continue to vote against their own best interests and support Republicans when in reality... Republicans don't give a rats ass about them. In fact, they have contempt for them.

But they just can't get beyond Obama's skin color.

Many of these folks come from States that went to Clinton/Gore.

I was listening to an interview a couple of weeks back that NPR did with a business owner (not sure what State...but I think it was Wisconsin). The NPR reporter basically painted her into a corner on the issue of why she wouldn't vote for Obama...when she has voted Democrat in the past. She tried to say it was due to heavy taxes and regulation (which was a bunch of b.s. of course because its just factually incorrect)... but the reporter basically caught her...forcing her to reveal her prejudice. By the end of the interview...it was clear to me that race was really the issue. The reporter asked her... why she previously voted for Clinton (who had higher tax rates on her) but wouldn't vote for Obama. She could not give a cogent answer. Her response was...basically 'Obama doesn't know what being an American is all about but Clinton does'.

This stuff drives me crazy.