Friday, November 7, 2008

Obama campaign selects "The Jeffersons" theme song for inauguration music

By Lillian Rasmussen and Darnell Washington, Newsophile Staff Writers

CHICAGO, IL -- President-elect Barack Obama's team is continuing to move forward quickly with their plans for January's inauguration festivities, including selecting the music to be played immediately after the swearing-in ceremony.

"We think the theme song from the 1970s show 'The Jeffersons' really encapsulates the elation sweeping not just the Obama campaign, but also the African-American community throughout the country," explained campaign manager David Plouffe to The Washington Post.

"Of course we're going to have to make a few minor changes, since the Obama family is clearly not moving to 'the East Side' nor a 'de-luxe apartment in the sky,'" adds Pllouffe. "They're moving to an old building in Washington, D.C., so we've got to make that just as exciting."

Still, there are limits to any perceived similarities between the Obamas and the Jeffersons. "I may like the theme song," said the President-elect, "but it's not like I'll get away with calling my wife 'First Lady Weezie.'"

(Click here to hear the original theme song).