Newman told The Guardian newspaper July 28, 2008: "I knew when I wrote it, it wasn't going to last, because we're never going to have an administration this bad again. We haven't in 200-some years. I believe in numbers and the odds are against it."
When Newman spoke with Rolling Stone in 2017, the first year Donald Trump was in office as President of the United States, he said: "I wrote it because I thought the Bush adminstration would be one of the worst of my lifetime, maybe the worst we'd ever have. Little did I know [Donald Trump] would make him look like Winston Churchill. The comparisons in the song are ridiculous, saying Bush is not as bad as the Caesars. He's not as bad as Tiberius, because he didn't kill little boys. He's not Hitler or Stalin. But I do that song now, and it gets a bigger reaction. Who could have prepared for this?"