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Written by MESFIN FEKADU   
Monday, 01 October 2012

randy_newman.jpgNEW YORK Randy Newman is weighing in on the U.S. presidential election with a new song, 'Im Dreaming,' and the Obama supporter is pointing out racism with its refrain: Im dreaming of a white president.


The piano tune is full of satirical, sarcastic and signature Newman anecdotes about someone who votes for the president because he is white.

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Newman, who is white, is openly supporting President Barack Obama. He says he wants the public to find comedic relief in the song but to know hes serious in thinking that racism continues. He called racism the great issue of this country.

I felt that that sentiment exists in the country, Newman said in an interview. I dont know how many people you can get
to admit it. I think maybe zero.

The song was released as a free download Tuesday, and Newman is encouraging listeners to donate to the United Negro College Fund.

Im Dreaming features lyrics such as He wont be the brightest, perhaps, but hell be the whitest, and Ill vote for that.

Newman, 68, has won multiple Academy Awards, Grammys and Emmys. His Short People was a 1977 No. 2 Billboard hit.

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Its delicate enough that Im not going to offend people every which way, but I wanted to get it right as best I could, said Newman of this new song.

He believes Obama will be re-elected in November and feels that Republican contender Mitt Romney isnt a serious candidate for president.
Newman said hes proud of how America has progressed but added that theres a long way to go.

No European country would have elected a black man, he said. I cant believe it happened. I think its fantastic, like a step on the moon.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee said some friends told him to save the track which he wrote a couple weeks ago for an upcoming album, but he said releasing it now is perfect timing.

I think its for the moment, he said. Its not going to live forever.

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