UPDATED with new information.

If you’ve ever listened to Rush Limbaugh, you know his show is filled with fun parodies written and sung by Paul Shanklin. From Jesse Jackson to Hillary and Bill Clinton to Harry ‘The Body’ Reid, no one is spared. It seems his parody about Barack Obama is now causing controversy. Read more about it below, listen to the song ‘Barack the Magic Negro’, get the lyrics to the song, and watch a video of Rush defending it.

‘Barack the Magic Negro’ Parody

UPDATED 12/27/08: It seems the RNC are NOT dittoheads after all. Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan issued a statement Saturday distancing GOP leadership from Chip Saltsman, who had distributed a CD containing ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ as part of his campaign to be elected chairman of the Republican National Committee next month. Here’s Duncan’s statement:

“The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach out and bring more people into our party. I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”

Give me Michael Steele please, for RNC Chair.


Parody. Satire. I guess you just have to have a sense of humor to appreciate them. Hopefully the members of the RNC do. Chip Saltzman, formerly with the Huckabee campaign and now a candidate for the Chairman of the RNC, sent a Christmas gift to all the RNC members. It was a CD that included the parody of ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ on it from the Rush Limbaugh show.

“I think most people recognize political satire when they see it. I think RNC members understand that.” Saltzman said.

The ‘Barack the Magic Negro’ parody, set to the tune of ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ by Paul Shanklin and sang by an imaginary Al Sharpton, was first played on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show back in 2007 and is included on a CD called We Hate the USA. It received it’s title from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested that then candidate Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the nation’s great sin – the mistreatment of African-Americans.

The CD also includes parodies about former presidential candidate John Edwards and the Reverend Jeremiah ‘KKKofA’ Wright, among other targets individuals. And most noteable of the parodies include: ‘John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,’ ‘Wright Place, Wrong Pastor,’ ‘Love Client #9,’ ‘Ivory and Ebony’ and ‘The Star Spanglish Banner.’

Buttering up the RNC members is a good move if you want the Chairman’s job, but how does he know they are all ditto-heads?

Lyrics to ‘Barack the Magic Negro’

SHANKLIN (Sharpton impersonator): Barack the Magic Negro lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s not authentic like me.
Yeah, the guy from the L.A. paper
Said he makes guilty whites feel good
They’ll vote for him, and not for me
‘Cause he’s not from the hood.
See, real black men, like Snoop Dog,
Or me, or Farrakhan
Have talked the talk, and walked the walk.
Not come in late and won!

[refrain] Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.
Oh, Barack the Magic Negro, lives in D.C.
The L.A. Times, they called him that
‘Cause he’s black, but not authentically.

Some say Barack’s “articulate?
And bright and new and “clean.?
The media sure loves this guy,
A white interloper’s dream!
But, when you vote for president,
Watch out, and don’t be fooled!
Don’t vote the Magic Negro in –
‘Cause — ’cause I won’t have nothing after all these years of sacrifice
And I won’t get justice. This is about justice. This isn’t about me, it’s about justice.
It’s about buffet. I don’t have no buffet and there won’t be any church contributions,
And there’ll be no cash in the collection plate.
There ain’t gonna be no cash money, no walkin’ around money, no phoning money.
Now, Barack going to come in here and –

Rush Limbaugh Defends ‘Magic Negro’ Parody Video