Barack Obama: UnPrezidented

By Khaled Diab

If were a star, he would be a musician or a rapper, not a Britney Spears. And to prove it, BaRock should release an election , UnPrezidented.

August 2008

, the Republican presidential , has suggested, in a campaign ad, that Barack Obama is a celebrity of the Britney Spears or Paris Hilton mould. Now that's what I call Ludacris.

Not only do the two examples have little in common – one is a self-made pop sensation, the other is an heir-head airess whose name sounds like a branch of her family's hotels – other than the fact that they are young women, Obama is too smart to be an underachieving rich girl and too cool to be a pop starlet. If Obama were a musician, he would probably be a jazz musician or possibly a rapper.

In fact, Obama should take up McCain's invitation to sing and release a campaign rap song, since he is a self-confessed rap fan. For the single, he could give himself a typically rap-like nom de guerre. I reckon BaRock would work well because it intimates that Barack rocks, while, for the more classically inclined, it suggests a more timeless aspect.

His election single would be entitled UnPrezidented and would outline his electoral platform while taking digs at McCain. Here's an excerpt I wrote:

My name's BaRock

I'm UnPrezidented

I'm here to rock 'n' shock the nation

Cuz de Repubs gave us a bad reputation

Well, I'm gonna set dat straight

'For it's too late

Cuz the world can't wait

Vote UnPrezidented

No, might don't make right

We don't want no mo' fight

Me, I'm boff black'n'white

I'm UnPrezidented

Given how hollow McCain's campaign is, perhaps he should retire from the and make way for Paris Hilton, the self-professed ‘moderate Republican'. In fact, the heiress has launched her own spoof presidential campaign in which she outlines a more sensible energy and environmental policy than the Republicans – which isn't saying much.

With celebrity culture the way it is, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility that McCain will recruit her as his running mate. If he does, then Obama may be forced to look to the world for his vice-presidential candidate to even the odds. Fortunately, he won't be short of A-list progressives: George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins or Bruce Springsteen.

Come to think of it. If Obama doesn't make it to the White House or once his term in office is up, he could always cash in on his fame and become a performing artist. We've had Ronald Reagan as president, why not have some reverse fertilisation?

This is an archived article from Diabolic Digest.


  • Khaled Diab

    Khaled Diab is an award-winning journalist, blogger and writer who has been based in Tunis, Jerusalem, Brussels, Geneva and Cairo. Khaled also gives talks and is regularly interviewed by the print and audiovisual media. Khaled Diab is the author of two books: for the Politically Incorrect (2017) and Intimate Enemies: Living with Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land (2014). In 2014, the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded Khaled its Mediterranean Journalist Award in the press category. This website, The Chronikler, won the 2012 Best of the Blogs (BOBs) for the best English-language blog. Khaled was longlisted for the Orwell journalism prize in 2020. In addition, Khaled works as communications director for an environmental NGO based in Brussels. He has also worked as a communications consultant to intergovernmental organisations, such as the EU and the UN, as well as civil society. Khaled lives with his beautiful and brilliant wife, Katleen, who works in humanitarian aid. The foursome is completed by Iskander, their smart, creative and artistic son, and Sky, their mischievous and footballing cat. Egyptian by birth, Khaled's life has been divided between the Middle East and Europe. He grew up in Egypt and the UK, and has lived in , on and off, since 2001. He holds dual Egyptian-Belgian nationality.

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One thought on “Barack Obama: UnPrezidented

  • Round Mirror

    Rap Songs are the best! specially those Gansta Rap stuffs, they really rock


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