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“I’m a Dole Man!”

In the wake of yesterday evening’s most recent GOP debate, I thought I’d take a bit of a political turn…just kidding. Well, sort of. Ever wondered why your parents always associate Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” with Bill Clinton? Here’s the answer chickies: It was his campaign song! Kind of interesting, right? I’m realizing I don’t know a lot of our Presidents’/Candidates’ campaign songs. It’s like not knowing their anthems! Their mottos! (If you do know them, that’s pretty cool! I love random facts, so I applaud your persistent quest for knowledge.)

Anyway, here were a few of my favorites:

  1. Lyndon B. Johnson chose to alter the lyrics from “Hello, Dolly” to “Hello, Lyndon”, a spin on the popular Broadway song. 
  2. John McCain and Sarah Palin used Heart’s “Barracuda.” My only other memory of this song is from the “Charlie’s Angels” movie with Lucy Liu, when she walks into a room. Ooooo! Barracuda! Seems a bit bizarre. 

    (skip to 1:45)

  3. Gotta love FDR’s “Happy Days are Here Again.” Definitely symbolic considering the time in American History. We needed some happy days! 
  4. “I Won’t Back Down” was George W. Bush’s choice in 2000. Great video produced in the wake of 9/11. 
  5. Bob Dole’s lyrical changes to “Soul Man” by Sam and Dave were marvelous! Unfortunately, I can’t find a recording anywhere! Towards the end of this Conan Interview there are some pretty funny spoofs. 

Can’t forget “Don’t Stop”, but I don’t want to post it just for fear of having the song stuck in my head all afternoon.

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