On Sunday, someone who goes by the label of S.R. posted on the White House web site’s petition page that he (or she) would like President Barack Obama’s administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem to replace Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” which was written in 1814. The originator of the petition suggests that President Obama ought to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country – the United States – and give the nation an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become. The song suggested for the new national anthem, believe it or not, is "Ignition (Remix)" by R Kelly.
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After three days of having been posted, the petition has received just over 3,500 signatures – which, many may be thankful for, means the petition needs over 96,000 more signatures to get a comment from the White House.
About the song, “Ignition (Remix)” was written and produced by American R&B singer R Kelly and was from his 2003 album called “Chocolate Factory.” The song was also featured in a 2003 movie called “Love Don’t Cost a Thing.”
R Kelly – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – is a 46-year-old rhythm and blues singer-songwriter and record producer from Chicago. He has won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly.” He has had high-profile legal issues since 1996, some of which he was found innocent of wrongdoing.
Though the song was a huge commercial success, making it to number 2 on the "Billboard Hot 100" recorded music chart, it is doubtful that Francis Scott Key has much – if anything – to worry about.
The wording of the actual White House petition composed by S.R. on March 3, 2013 follows:
We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen. America has changed since Francis Scott Key penned our current anthem in 1814. Since then, we have realized that after the show, it's the after party, and that after the party, it's the hotel lobby, and--perhaps most importantly--that 'round about four, you've got to clear the lobby, at which point it's strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody. President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become.
Click here to view the petition at the White House web site.