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Randy Newman

"I'm Dreaming"

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September 25, 2012

Returning to the unreliable all-American narrators of "Political Science" and "Short People," Newman plays a voter longing for the good old days. "I'm dreaming of a white president," he croons, "just like the ones we've always had." A tear is shed for William McKinley; President Taft is imagined ass-out in Africa. Then, the punch line: "He won't be the brightest, perhaps/But he'll be the whitest/And I'll vote for that." It's satire that will be misconstrued, denounced and used by no one as a campaign theme. Brilliant.

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