As the hours dwindle down until the Election Day polls open and we vote for our nation's new leaders, all candidates are bringing out their big guns. In Ohio today, President Obama brought out Jay-Z.
In front of a packed rally crowd in Columbus he followed Bruce Springsteen and performed some of his big hits like "Run This Town" and "Encore." The standout, however, was a slightly altered version of his song "99 Problems." He said though he didn't get it vetted by the powers that be, he was going for it. "I have to do it — I'm sorry," he said. "I didn't get clearance from the Secret Service."
Instead of the original line, "If you're having girl problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one," he sang: "If you're having world problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a Mitt ain't one." Watch his performance after the jump.
Of course some people are up in arms. Mitt’s senior communications adviser, Ted Newton, tweeted, “A new low for Obama presidency: Jay-Z replacing a misogynistic swear word with the word ‘Mitt’ as he performs at an Obama event.”
That aside, however, it's honestly one of the catchiest rally cries I've heard from either side this whole election process. The Obama campaign really should have capitalized on that earlier in the cycle, because it's pretty infectious and quite clever.
Even if they didn't, however, someone else did. On YouTube last month, user Diran Lyons uploaded a hilarious mashup of President Obama rapping along to the song with some pretty clever lyrics. Be warned though the language is quite explicit so be careful before clicking.
The big problem, of course, will come if Romney does win. Then Jay-Z is up to 100 problems, and that just doesn't flow so well.
What do you think of Jay-Z's performance? Did it cross the line?
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