Tennessee Republican Chip Saltsman has sent CDs containing the offensive song “Barack the Magic Negro” to Republican National Committee members for Christmas and defends the gifts as merely “political satire.”

The song which originally aired on The Rush Limbaugh Show back in 2007, is a parody of the 1963 Peter, Paul and Mary tune “Puff the Magic Dragon.” Written and sung by Limbaugh Show‘s Paul Shankin in an Al Sharpton impersonation, the tune takes aim at the President-elect by claiming Obama appeals to “guilty” white voters and is black but not “authentically.”

“See, real black men, like Snoop Dogg, or me, or Farrakhan, have talked the talk, and walked the walk, not come in late and won,” a verse in the song goes.

Shankin latched onto the “magic negro” term after the bi-racial L.A. Times critic David Ehrenstein used the term in an opinion column.

Other songs on the CD include: “John Edwards’ Poverty Tour,” “Wright place, wrong pastor,” “Love Client #9,” “Ivory and Ebony” and “The Star Spanglish Banner.”

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Barbara Walters named President-elect Barack Obama as 2008’s No.1 “Most Fascinating” person on her ABC special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2008, on Thursday.

Making history as the first African American to be elected as president, Obama was probably the most expected choice.

“This was almost the easiest year that we’ve ever had, because we had so many naturals,” said Walters.

The $100 million dollar box office man Will Smith brings up the rear in the 10th position.

And sandwiched in between America’s most beloved black men are Tom Cruise in the No. 2 spot, followed by former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, actor Frank Langella, the pregnant man Thomas Beatie, conservative republican radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Saturday Night Live veteran and 30 Rock star Tina Fey (yes, this sort of balances out Palin’s presence on the list!), teen actress and rock star Miley Cyrus, and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

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President-elect Barack Obama has named former election rival Senator Hilary Clinton as secratary of state on Monday.

Bill Clinton was among the first to express his approval, “As an American, I am thankful. As her husband, I am deeply proud.”

“[Hillary] is the right person for the job of helping to restore America’s image abroad, end the war in Iraq, advance peace and increase our security, by building a future for our children with more partners and fewer adversaries,” the former President added.

Republican pundit Rush Limbaugh also praised Obama’s selection, calling it a “brilliant stroke.”

Obama has already appointed House of Representatives’ Rahm Emanuel as White House chief of staff and plans to keep Robert Gates in position as defense secretary.

“I assembled this team because I am a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions. I think that’s how the best decisions are made,” Obama says of his cabinet decisions.

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