One of Barack Obama’s favorite rappers is calling Hillary Clinton an offensive, derogatory word for females in his new song.
Ludacris cheers the fact Obama listens to his music and curses Clinton in the track. “Give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer/better yet put him in office/make me your vice president/Hillary hated on you/so that b**** is irrelevant,” Ludacris raps.
In a July interview with Rolling Stone Obama was asked about the impact rap music had on “family values.” Obama responded, in part, by saying: “I know Jay-Z. I know Ludacris. I know Russell Simmons. I know a bunch of these guys. They are great talents and great businessmen, which is something that doesn't get emphasized enough. It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying that they were getting bad images of themselves.”
(Clinton supporters would undoubtedly agree with the last part of his statement.)
The rapper has some harsh words for GOP presidential candidate John McCain, too. “Get off you’re a**, black people/it’s time to get out the vote! Paint the White House black/and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified/McCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed.”
He also calls President George Bush “mentally handicapped.”
MSNBC reported Obama held meetings with Ludacris in 2006 to discuss an effort to rally the youth vote. Ludacris clearly admires Obama. The song ends: “The world is ready for change because Obama is here! /cause Obama is here/The world is ready for change because Obama is here!”
Obama spokesman Bill Burton is not flattered, but notes that Ludacris is a 'talented individual'.
"As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to," said Burton in a statement. "This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."