"Dear Mr. President" is a song by Pink featuring the Indigo Girls, and was recorded for Pink's fourth album, I'm Not Dead. She wrote the song “Dear Mr. President,” on Martin Luther King Day in 2005 and said that the song is an open letter to the then President of the United States, George W. Bush, and that it is one of the most important songs she had written. She stated that it would never bereleased as a single in the United States, because it was too important to be perceived as a publicity stunt. It has since been released in Europe, Australia and Canada.
So the song begins with “Dear Mr. President/ Come take a walk with me. Let’s pretend we’re
just two people and/ You’re not better than me.” By stating this as an invitation Pink is directly asking the President to listento her opinions. Through equalizing social standings, she is diminishing the respect that the President demands , Pink is stating that she will be truthful with him
(Dear Mr. President
Come take a walk with me
Let's pretend we're just two people and
You're not better than me
I'd like to ask you some questions if we can speak honestly)
Next she talk about the homeless : -Accordingto the estimates, the homeless population has quadrupled in size in the last twenty years, while the number of beds available in shelters has fallen by approximately 57,000.
-However, since the plight of the homeless has not been a major point of contention within the Bush presidency, Pink may be referring here to those left homeless after Katrina. Bush was widely criticized for his slow reactionto the threat of the Hurricane and his delayed response to the destruction and victims.
-By stating this as an invitation Pink is directly asking the President to listen to her opinions. Through equalizing social standings, she is diminishing the respect that the President demands, Pink is stating that she will be truthful with him and not sugar coat
(What do you feel when you see all thehomeless on the street ? )
She also asks how he feels when he looks in the mirror and if he is proud of himself. These statements address that Mr. Bush forgot to make good on his promises to help people. He had the power to change society and be a positive force for society but failed to do so.
(Who do you pray for at night before you go to sleep
What do you feel when you look in the mirrorAre you proud)
Pink then asks Mr. Bush to look her in the eye, this is a sign that she is aware that he is not proud of his own and is unable to face his own actions, she is challenging him to state that he is proud of his actions.
(How do you sleep while the rest of us cry
How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye
How do you walk with your head held high
Can you evenlook me in the eye
And tell me why)
There are additional hot button social issues that Pink addresses with the President through her song. She states “What kind of father would take his own daughter’s rights away? And what kind of father might hate his own daughter if she were gay? I can only imagine what the first lady has to say.”
These statements denote George Bush’s policy of anti-abortion,his attempt to refute the Rowe v. Wade decision and to take away a women’s right to abortion. These statements also call into question the administrations anti‐gay policies. Ironically Vice President Cheney’s daughter is gay. It is near impossible to imagine how the President can instill his anti-gay rhetoric while his second in command’s child part takes in a homosexual lifestyle. One must trulywonder what the first lady does say to Mr. Bush, when such a close family friend is directly being affected by his distorted view of appropriate sexuality.
Pink also address the non-action that was insinuated by the no child left behind act. The
President adamantly states that he is helping the education system in the country through this act, yet he fails to provide any sort of funding to...
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