Barack Obama

from Into A Prism by David Rovics



A perfect example of a politician. That is, he unfailingly represents the basic truth about politicians worldwide – that it doesn't matter what they say, or how eloquently they say it. All that matters is what they do. And with Obama, what he says and what he does have nothing to do with each other. Any progressive person who still thinks otherwise is either deluded or not paying attention (or both).


His first name is the last name of an Israeli Prime Minister
His middle name's the last name of Saddam
And his last name's middle syllable
Quite conveniently is “bomb”

Some people call him Mr. President, some people call him an elitist
Some people call him Mr. Smart Bomb
Some people call him Mr. Drone Strike, some people call him a wanker
Ralph Nader calls him Uncle Tom

But his name's Barack Obama, Barack Obama
Barack Obama, Barack O-bomb-a

Some people say it's wonderful, a black man in the white house
And his kids are awful cute, he's got a feministic spouse
But he's locking up his people, throwing away the key
He could have skin as white as birch or as black as ebony

He's still Barack Obama...

They say he's in his second term now, he can show his true progressive side
He can tax the rich, bring the troops home and fill his base with pride
He can stop the frackers in their tracks, spend money on the schools
He can stop all the evictions
he can free all the whistleblowers
he can triple the minimum wage
he can take away the assault rifles
he can jail corrupt bankers
he can start building windmills
he can shut down the dirty coal plants
he can shut down Guantanamo
he can at least start trying to do these things
Or he can just keep playing us for fools

I'm talking about Barack Obama...


from Into A Prism, released July 2, 2013




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