The multi-award-winning composer and singer-songwriter Randy Newman has released a satirical ditty: "I'm Dreaming." The title alludes to the line, "I'm dreaming of a white president" (sung with references to "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas"), which digs at the racial undertones in the 2012 election. He talked to Slate about the impetus for the song:
Slate: With Ry Cooder’s angry new record, Bob Dylan’s blunt comments about race in his recent Rolling Stone interview, some of Springsteen’s no-holds-barred songs, and now “I’m Dreaming,” it seems that you and a few of your colleagues are getting pretty fed up. Is this a trend?
Newman: I’m not sure about a trend, but for me it’s a reaction to the Republican Party, which seems to have drifted farther to the right than a major party has drifted in my lifetime in any direction. It seems to have become almost a radical party. The hate and … I don’t think it’ll last. That kind of thing doesn’t seem to last.