By now, you probably heard about Brooks & Dunn's "Only In America" closing out Obama's DNC speech. As has been reported elsewhere, this was the

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A Strike Against The Hip-Hop President?

By now, you probably heard about Brooks & Dunn's "Only In America" closing out Obama's DNC speech. As has been reported elsewhere, this was the same song used by George Bush at the Republican convention last election. It was a curious choice, for sure. First off, the song is full of all that Hallmark greeting card pap that plagues present-day corporate country music. Secondly, Brooks & Dunn is hardly a hip choice... Obama's wife Michelle exited the stage after her speech to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely". Would it have been completely tasteless for Obama to "borrow" Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down" from Hillary Clinton? Probably. At least borrowing a song used by Bush (a song written by a die-hard conservative, Brooks) is a move that can interpreted as being loaded with piercing irony. Then again, it fits right in with that whole post-partisan agenda of Obama's (See...Republicans and Democrats can work together!) And since he's going to have a tough time wooing those Kentucky/Ohio/West Virginia-style voters still uncomfortable with having a "black man" in office, Brooks & Dunn is a better choice than closing out with, say, Sly & the Family Stone's "Don't Call Me N%&$%$, Whitey".

I like to think it was chosen because someone in his campaign thought it was a funny move and he agreed. Throughout that epic tug-of-war for the Democratic nomination, I always thought Hillary was the funny one. She had a biting, sarcastic sense of humor that I identified with...mostly because no one ever seemed to get her jokes (remember that "we should ask Barack if needs another pillow" line...). Politics tends to get bogged down in brooding, self-seriousness. If it was intended to be funny and ironic, I want to see more of this from his campaign. Not in the form of bad country songs, mind you...

 
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