Barack Obama’s Occupy Wall Street Anthem

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The campaign-rally soundtrack is typically as stale as one of those radio stations that promises the hits from each decade. More often than not, the opening bars of U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” welcomes Barack Obama to the stage, despite its ironic lyrics “The more you see, the less you know/ The less you find out as you go.” Republicans like Mitt Romney tend to prefer the opening piano riff from Van Halen’s “Right Now,” even though it was recorded for an album called For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

The candidate usually leaves the stage to the sound of a fresh-feeling campaign anthem. For Romney this year, it’s Kid Rock’s “Born Free,” which is funny, because Romney doesn’t really have much of anything in common with Kid Rock. But it’s a macho ballad, full of red-blooded Republican ass-kicking, so it works in a way. For Obama in 2012, the anthem is Bruce Springsteen’s new song “We Take Care of Our Own,” which drips with both patriotism and that “stronger together” feeling that Democrats love. Then both parties play Brooks and Dunn’s “Only in America,”, which claims, as is the habit of most politicians, that America is the only country where “we get to dream as big as we want to.”

But every now and then the campaign DJs mix it up, try something new and make a statement. (John McCain embraced his outlaw self in 2008 by playing Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away” at one primary election night event.) That seemed to happen again Thursday in Maumee, Ohio, when a song called “Surrender” by the band Angels and Airwaves came on after Springsteen as Obama worked the rope line. What was the statement? I will quote the lyrics, but first watch the video:

To be fair, Obama’s campaign played just the song, not the video. No one unfurled Che Guevara posters or sported Guy Fawkes masks, and there was no sudden appearance of hot youth with good hair, bandannas and flares who then tried to attack the Secret Service. But the video only dramatizes what the song is about. It was released last November, in the midst of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and it is clearly meant as an anthem for the youth of the world engaged in idealistic rebellion. Here’s the chorus:

When God falls fast asleep
The kids still dance in city streets
From the White House lawn to the Middle East
And all around
I’m just saying that this time I feel it now

Then there is the refrain: “I will not surrender.”

Is the Obama campaign endorsing Occupy or battles with New York City police? No. But the campaign is trying to do the same thing that the band Angels and Airwaves is doing: It is piggybacking on the message of the Occupy movement. (If the production values did not give it away, Angels and Airwaves, a side project of Blink-182 front man Tom DeLonge, has far more in common with capitalism than anarchism.) As the guy’s hand reads in the video: “Rise Up.”

That is, in many ways, the central message of the Obama campaign, though the language is different. As President Obama puts it on his own youth organizing webpage: “Let’s do this.”

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Bob Bruce
Bob Bruce

It's gross as hell that this song would be played for a tyrant American hating SOB like Obama... The song is GREAT OBAMA is a ONE TERM POS prez.

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

Psychologists tell us that 4% of the population are sociopaths, totally self-focused individuals without any conscience, and that a full 64% are followers, those led around by the manipulations of others, which leaves only 32% as self-thinking, conscience driven individuals, divided among all the possible biases.  When realizing that it then becomes rather easy to understand how “the money” can feel so cocky confident in their ability to spend their mega-millions to successfully con the people and manipulate public opinion.  Since the supreme court has ruled to allow “the money” to spend all they want, it is now only possible to compete by spending as much as they do - and “the money” is laughing all the way to the elections. 

Gin Heedneeds
Gin Heedneeds

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Gin Heedneeds
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"If god is with me than who can be against me? I can do anything.G-ESTEEM

 

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sacredh
sacredh

I think Romney should use Pink Floyd's "Free Four" as a campaign song. The lines "The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime. You shuffle in the gloom of the sick room and talk to yourself till you die" should get the teabaggers waving their canes and popping wheelies in their Medicare purchased wheelchairs.

sacredh
sacredh

Just because the world is coming to end doesn't mean that we can't dance.

sacredh
sacredh

This is the kind of stuff I love. As a rule, candidates are clueless and their managers even more so. How many times have we heard The Who song "Won't Get Fooled Again" at a campaign event? I love the line "meet the new boss. same as the old boss"".  What are the candidates promising if you elect them? That nothing will change? But hey, it's a good song if you aren't paying any attention and don't give your supporters any credit for having a brain.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

I remember when Reagan talked about Springsteen's "Born in the USA" in a speech and what a great, patriotic song it was. I was like, "Wait, have you actually listened to it?"

It is a great song, but not at all for the reasons ol' Ronnie thought.

Gary McCray
Gary McCray

We are facing likely economic collapse or at least severe hardship in the near future.

It's always a good idea to show at least a little understanding for the situation.

suibne geilt
suibne geilt

nightmare: robin hood is the sheriff of nottingham. who knew? Me. I fking knew you mrons.

suibne

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raccman
raccman

Inane, Tasteless, Obama-style DRIVEL !

georgiamd
georgiamd

Oh my, just listen to the liberal grousing, it really is hilarious. Any journalist who cast the clueless Obama in his natural light, gets castigated. "The more you see, the less you know", somehow seems very appropriate for this enigma named Obama.

I might suggest even another title that fits him to a "T"... "Is that all there is?"

Meanwhile, back on the home front:

31% Give Obama Positive Marks on Handling Economic Issues.

The economy has been

the most important issue to voters for years, but ratings for the

president's performance in that area are at their lowest level since

last November.

Couple this with his plummet with Independent voters (58% say they will vote for Romney) and I would say the American voter is tired of his empty promises to make things better.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

"The more you see, the less you know", somehow seems very appropriate for this enigma named Obama...

...and for FOX viewers.

Pnnto
Pnnto

Please stay on top of this very important story.

VVV PR
VVV PR

What a pointless piece of propaganda...

All Hail Odrona the Indefinite Detainer!

nickzedd
nickzedd

It's a really lame song with weak vocals.

Sue_N.
Sue_N.

And this is why they call it Silly Season.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

I acknowledge that I know almost nothing about contemporary music (at the appropriate time in my life I was learning about classical music) but I see less point in this than if the press can eat a peach.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

One thing I've learned at swampland is that the press can be bribed with food.

destor23
destor23

Great job, Scoop. Compelling and rich.

DerekHologram
DerekHologram

I'm searching for the right metaphor to explain all of this, while not explaining much at all.

chupkar
chupkar

It's a really good song. And young.