“Your hair’s messy and white, but you fight for civil rights.”
The woman who produced the 2007 viral video “Crush on Obama,” is back with another political pop tune just in time to support Bernie Sanders for his presidential run — and it’s pretty catchy.
Creator Leah Kauffman, 29, wrote the hilarious hit in January with her friend Jeffrey Fry during Storm Jonas. The pair filmed the video a couple of weeks later in Philadelphia with the help of Sanders’ supporters involved in the arts community.
Leah Kauffman (right) penned the hilarious political pop-tune with the help of a friend during Strom Jonas
The catchy tune is about the excitement and idealism that’s been abuzz among young Sanders supporters since the US Senator for Vermont kicked off his campaign in May 2015.
The video features a group of millennials wearing t-shirts emblazoned with “Bernie Bae” and “Bern it Down!” dancing to the pop-tune. The track could easily be mistaken for any of the hits in the charts at the moment — at least for anyone who’s not listening too carefully.
“We backed Obama, from the start. We wanted change and hope, but then it fell apart. I was feeling hopeless and so cynical. Now you’ve got me focused. Bernie, you’re a miracle,” the song begins.
The song accurately reflects the fervor among young supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders
Kauffman wrote “Bernie Bae” with the aim it would catalyze political change and reach more young people through social media, she told R29.
The co-creator makes some reference to the other Democratic contenders in the song:
“Was gonna vote Hillary — she’s not feeling real to me. Won’t vote O’Malley — who is he?”
Kauffman amassed nearly 26 million views for “Crush on Obama,” and the satirical pop song got so much attention the POTUS even commented on it himself.
“It’s just one more example of the fertile imagination of the internet,” Obama told The Des Moines Register in 2007.
“More stuff like this will be popping up all the time,” he said.
Kauffman said her goal as an artist “is to entertain and educate on the issues,” she told R29.
The song certainly does both, with lines like:
“You’re policies on corporate greed always bring me to my knees / I’m burning up for you, it’s never gonna stop. You’re much more than a human Birkenstock.”