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Rockers Versus Politicians

Orleans vs. George W. Bush

In 2004, the Bush campaign often spiced up public events with the 1976 Orleans’ hit “Still the One.” That sparked the ire of the song’s co-writer, John Hall, who later became a New York congressman. Needless to say, when John McCain repeated the mistake at a 2008 campaign stop, Hall was none too pleased. "This is yet another example of John McCain not learning anything from George Bush's mistakes," Hall wrote to NBC News. "First, McCain adopted Bush's failed policy of an open-ended war in Iraq, then he wrapped his arms around the failed Bush economic policies that have put the squeeze on middle class families. Now, he's making the same mistake George Bush made illegally using a copyrighted song without asking either the writers or the performers for permission." —Jeff Royer

(Photos: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP Images; Pool, Getty Images)

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