Pink wrote the song “Dear Mr. President,” on Martin Luther King Day in 2005. The song was released as a single in 2007 and became apart of her album I’m Not Dead. The song is a direct criticism of President George W. Bush and the policies of his administration. Pink addresses the major concerns of most Americans.
The song begins “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 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 Tanya Kaplan Song Analysis
her opinions. She will tell him the truth about what everyone is thinking but no one is willing to tell him directly. She states, “You have come along way from whiskey and cocaine,” addressing Mr. Bush’s tainted past, which the media seems to ignore. Pink asks Mr. Bush who he prays for at night. 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. 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. She is also addressing the political corruption that is believed to have occurred in the Bush administration. There are many policies, that were enacted, such as political detainees, which the President directly partook in, while the policy blatantly violated the principles set forth in our constitution.
Pink addresses many social issues during this song. “How do you dream when a mother has no chance to say goodbye?......
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