Reagan is the Pres but I voted for Shirley Chisholm
Representing Brooklyn, New York, politician and educator Shirley Chisholm had an impressive career in the 60s and 70s. Before the first black President was out of short trousers she had already become:
- the first black woman elected to Congress
- the first black presidential candidate
- the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination
Chisholm had retired from politics by the time of this song so Biz deserves extra props for the shout out (and the implied Reagan diss).
This line has been recycled a few times. It was updated for the Clinton era by Common in “Car Horn” and Method Man in “Maaad Crew”. LL did the same for Bush Jr in “What You Want”. And Biz himself used a very similar line in “Biz Is Goin' Off”
Reagan is the Pres but so was Harry Truman
Surprisingly nobody has flipped the line under Obama yet. That would be kind of poetic — the first black president and the first black presidential candidate.
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