By Rebecca Sinderbrand
(CNN) -- A candidate for the Republican National Committee chairmanship
said Friday the CD he sent committee members for Christmas -- which
included a song titled "Barack the Magic Negro" -- was clearly intended
as a joke.
"I think most people recognize political satire when they see it,"
Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman told CNN. "I think RNC members
The song, set to the tune of "Puff the Magic Dragon," was first played
on conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh's radio show in 2007.
Its title was drawn from a Los Angeles Times column that suggested
President-elect Barack Obama appealed to those who feel guilty about the
nation's history of mistreatment of African-Americans. Saltsman said the
song, penned by his longtime friend Paul Shanklin, should be easily
recognized as satire directed at the Times.
The CD sent to RNC members, first reported by The Hill on Friday, is
titled "We Hate the USA" and also includes songs referencing former
presidential candidate John Edwards and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, among
According to The Hill, other song titles, some of which were in bold
font, were: "John Edwards' Poverty Tour," "Wright place, wrong pastor,"
"Love Client #9," "Ivory and Ebony" and "The Star Spanglish Banner."
Saltsman was national campaign manager for former Arkansas Gov. Mike
Huckabee's presidential bid in 2007 and 2008. Before that, he held a
variety of posts, including a number of positions under former Sen. Bill
Frist of Tennessee.