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Song Parodies -> "Obama's Red Line"

Original Song Title:

"Bottle of Wine"

Original Performer:

Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs

Parody Song Title:

"Obama's Red Line"

Parody Written by:

John Jenkins

The Lyrics

Who owns the red line?
There’s a red line;
Some say it’s mine.
Though this is a claim I’ve rejected,
Maybe it’s nice
That I’ve won twice
‘Cause I am done getting elected.

This phrase was born
When I tried to warn
About Assad’s evil design.
I’m at a loss,
Didn’t think he’d cross
What’s now called Obama’s Red Line.

This here red line
Tried to define
When to target Syria’s ogre.
But it creates
Grief and debates;
I think I need a do-over.

My ratings are down,
I feel like a clown,
My prize* is too old to still shine.
When on TV,
To all the viewers I plea:
Don’t call it Obama’s Red Line.

Pundits opine
That this red line
Leads us to war because I own it.
But I’d abhor
Blame for this war,
So I’ll deny and postpone it.

I wish my words
Had not been heard;
This pressure I do not desire.
I’ll take them back,
And not attack,
Don’t want a new Mideast quagmire.

There’s a red line,
Don’t say it’s mine.
It belongs to every nation.
Leave me alone,
Let me go home
To pack up for my next vacation.

*2009 Nobel Peace Prize

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Pacing: 3.1
How Funny: 2.7
Overall Rating: 2.9

Total Votes: 7

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Al Silver - September 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Any red line was crossed when Assad's forces mowed down protesters and used air power against them. On the other hand, let's not be sanctimonious about chemical weapons. The U.S. dropped tons of Agent Orange on Vietnam, causing environmental destruction, slow death and birth defects. I have seen the effects firsthand,
Patrick - September 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Good to see one of the "old timers" back again. And with an original song I actually remember. "Desire" and "Quagmire", first time I've seen that rhyme here. Ends by leaving for vacation. That's Obama, for sure. This is one I could sing along to, if I could sing. Congratulations.
John Jenkins - September 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Thanks for the votes and comments.

Al, Agent Orange was supposed to just be a defoliant intended to make guerilla warfare less effective. But it ended up harming a lot of civilians and soldiers on both sides. Syria's chemical weapons were targeted directly at human beings. Maybe not much difference in results, but that should not stop the outrage at what the Assad regime is doing today.

Patrick, whom are you calling an "old timer"? Yes, I guess that since I have been contributing to this site for over 10 years, maybe I am. Not too active any more, though, but I appreciate your comments. And I don't mind the President's vacations. He does less harm when he is playing than when he is "working."
Barry J. Mitchel - September 27, 2013 - Report this comment
John, this is a fabulous and thorough discrediting of our president's bluster and lack of follow-through. I find it hard to believe that only 2 votes preceded my belated discovery of it. 555 at least! Did you catch my "Red lines drawn in the sand" a few months ago?

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