Anohni had hoped President Barack Obama's election would mean improved civil rights. She expresses her disappointment and anger here at the increased usage of drone warfare and the killing of Bin Laden during his presidency.
Now the news is you are spying Executing without trial Betraying virtues Scarring closed the sky
Anohni told The Guardian: "We desperately hoped he'd manifest the heroic vision that might change America's course. And how many weeks into office did he sign his first kill list? Even the Nazis had Nuremberg: they had a day in court before they were executed. Bin Laden was executed in his bedroom, and a country celebrated in bloodlust."
Anohni expanded on the track's meaning to Mojo: "The song 'Obama' is addressing how naive it seems in retrospect that I put so much infantile hope in him as the one man to save us from decades of misguided policy," he said. "If we really want change it's going to probably require a much more vivid participation of a much greater number of us."
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.