Next week, President Obama gets his second and last(?) swearing-in. Like him or not, he is the leading, central figure of the latest great American crisis that’s playing out right now. He is also the most divisive.
To many, he is an inspirational and pragmatic statesman who would build a stronger, safer America if not for the deep problems he found when he came into office and the bedeviling antics of the reactionaries who hate him. To the rest, he is an arrogant narcissist who dreams of installing a socialist tyranny and is only thwarted by his own cluelessness. Whatever you believe, he is there. The condition of America in 10, 15, or 20 years will be either his glory or infamy.
We are a divided people facing crushing debt, unsustainable deficits, rising foreign threats, and violent video games. All of it rests on one man’s skinny shoulders.
So let’s get this inauguration going with:
1. Presidential Approval Rating–Songs about personal qualities of Obama, his media image, the nature of his Administration, etc
2. Acted Stupidly–Any music dedicated to either the moronic acts of Obama OR his political foes
3. Pass It to Find Out What’s In It–Songs about what to expect for the next four years
My first selection is a favorite from last year. I don’t think I can find anything that better expresses what I think of him:
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pfluffy (“Proposal to rename ATL as the “Layne Staley Memorial International Airport””): “Why Do I Lie?” by Luscious Jackson
Santino (“To reaffirm that the US-Canadian border shall remain open and free despite the contagion risks of Biebermania): “Lenin” by Arcade Fire
Iconoclast (“Authorize the use of drone strikes against Bill Maher’s genitals”): “Amateur Hour” by The Sparks
working_man (“Since my tax dollars fund birth control, I should be the one to decide who may and may not reproduce”): “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour
Mississippi Yankee (“Decree that the First Lady always wear a blouse with sleeves so that we shall not ever again see her armpits”): “Deceiver” by The Beat Farmers
Biggie G (“Proposing that Charlie Sheen immediately be appointed to the long-vacant position of ATF Director”): “Scumbag Blues” by Them Crooked Vultures
thelastdakrat (“Remove ‘Juggalos’ from the FBI violent gang database and replace them with the Westboro Baptist Church”): “Celebrity Skin” by Hole