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July 28, 2004
If I Was President, All Of You Would Kill Me

I'm watching the Democratic convention right now, and although I can hardly believe it, the Dems have presented a film ("If I Had A Minute With The President") in which children give George Bush advice on policy. It's like asking Amy Carter her advice on the most pressing issue of the day about 100 times over. No wonder they invited Jimmy Carter back to the convention this year!

No, none of them identified nuclear proliferation as the biggest problem in the world, but we got to hear about animal habitats, racism, the homeless, and so on. If you're inclined to take your political advice from 12-year-olds, the Democrats are the party for you!

As if that weren't bad enough, former Denver mayor Wellington Webb then introduced singer Wyclef Jean to sing a song as a companion piece. Now, I haven't paid a lot of attention to the sideshow acts at the convention, but this one was just appalling. Who sings about being assassinated by Americans if they got elected at a nominating convention? Howard Dean's favorite singer, that's who. Wyclef Jean broke some sort of record by squeezing in as many tired political cliches as possible in a four-minute song. Try these insipid lyrics on for size:

Yeah...shout out to children, United Nations, [unintelligible],
John Kerry support foster children,

[spoken]Right about now, if you're Democrat, let me see your hands in the sky right now...

[chorus]Yeah ... yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah ...
If I was President, I get elected on Friday,
call a peace treaty Saturday, stop the war Sunday,
Send the troops back home Monday,
If I was President, if I was President, if I was President, yeah ...

Instead of spending billions on the war,
I can use that money so I can feed the poor,
'Cause I know some so poor when it rains that's when they shower,
screamin', "Fight the power,"
that's when the vulture devours,


I know some soldiers who sleep but they can't dream,
wake up and scream, sounds of M-16,
So take this Medal of Honor for your bravery,
I wish you the best kid, you and your family ...


But the radio won't play this, they call it rebel music,
How can you refuse it, children of Moses,
tell the children the truth, the truth is not all I play Mr. Diamonds,
tell the truth, is that you wear cubic zirconias
Tell them the truth, the truth, your life is worth more than
diamonds and gold ...

If I was President, If I was President, If I was President ...


[shouted]If you feel me, stand up on your two feets right now!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
If I was President, I'd get elected on Friday,
assassinated on Saturday, buried on Sunday,
send the troops back on Monday, If I was President,
If I was President.

The entire song was appalling, but the last chorus predicting that Americans would assassinate him has no place in a national convention. Will the Democrats embrace this message of hate?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 28, 2004 5:56 PM

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