When he isn’t crooning about friendship for Pixar or getting made fun of on Family Guy, Randy Newman is a pretty political guy, and he’s tossed his hat into the 2012 presidential election conversation with his new song “I’m Dreaming.”
The track tongue-in-cheekily features the refrain, “I’m dreaming of a white president.” The accompanying video is pretty scathing, aiming barbs at George W. Bush and a handful of absurd moments caught on tape (including an awesome sequence of Richard Nixon bowling).
On his website, Newman explained the song thusly: “I think there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. They just can’t believe that there’s not a more qualified white man. You won’t get anyone, and I do mean anyone, to admit it.”
In addition to being a direct attack on racists, there’s an extended joke about how fat William Howard Taft is, as well as the lyric “Buh buh buh buh.” It’s the Randy Newman deluxe package, and you can check it out below:
Most of Randy Newman’s non-Toy-Story-related tunes come from a pretty acidic place, though he doesn’t sing “I’m Dreaming” with the same vinegary delivery as something like “I Love L.A.” Still, it’s clear that Newman remains feisty, even at age 68. Readers, what do you think?
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