Dear Mr. President (Pink song)

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"Dear Mr. President"
Dear Mr. President II.jpg
Single by Pink featuring Indigo Girls
from the album I'm Not Dead
A-side "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)"
Released December 21, 2006 (2006-12-21)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2005
Studio The Magic Shop, NYC and Three Sound Studios, Norcross, GA
Genre
Length 4:33
Label LaFace
Songwriter(s) Pink, Billy Mann
Producer(s) Pink, Billy Mann
Pink singles chronology
"Nobody Knows"
(2006)
"Dear Mr. President"
(2006)
"Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)"
(2007)
Indigo Girls singles chronology
"Peace Tonight"
(1999)
"Dear Mr. President"
(2006)
"What Are You Like"
(2009)

"Dear Mr. President" is a song by Pink featuring the Indigo Girls, and was recorded for Pink’s fourth album, I'm Not Dead. The song is an open letter to then President of the United States, George W. Bush. The song criticizes several areas of Bush’s administration and terms in office, including the Iraq War, No Child Left Behind Act, disapproval of equal rights for homosexuals, lack of empathy for poor and middle class citizens, Bush’s strong religious beliefs, and Bush’s drinking and drug usage in college. Pink felt that it was one of the most important songs she had ever written.

Critical response[edit]

The song received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly's Chris Williams described Dear Mr. President "with its incongruous folkie social concern and Bush-baiting applause lines."[1] The Los Angeles Times' Natalie Nichols said that Pink taps her inner Ani DiFranco on the confrontational "Dear Mr. President."[2] The New York Times'Jon Pareles noted that the song is "well meaning", "hectoring" and that it "grow[s] even more sententious".[3] PopMatters praised the single with long overview:

Oh, and speaking of presidents, Pink’s musical letter to the Commander-in-Chief (“Dear Mr. President”) is just as topical, the Indigo Girls tag along for moral support and, with lyrics like “How can you say, ‘no child is left behind’ / we’re not dumb and we’re not blind” or “You’ve come a long way, from whiskey and cocaine”, you just know that if she’d made the song a few years earlier, it would have been featured in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911. You also get the impression that this is personal for Pink, that she’s not doing it to be trendy, on the lyric page for “Dear Mr. President”, there’s a picture of Pink in an oval frame. Red, white, and blue ribbons are tied to the frame and her father’s dog tags share the reddish page."[4]

Rolling Stone's Barry Walters praises Pink for "writ[ing] a scathing letter in 'Dear Mr. President'" and "cooing righteous folk harmonies with Indigo Girls."[5] Sal Cinquemani was mixed, writing that "'Dear Mr. President,' which cleverly uses George W. Bush's own words against him, pales next to Missundaztood's 'My Vietnam.'"[6]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Digital Single
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" – 3:18
  3. "Dear Mr. President" [Live from Wembley Arena] – 4:45
  4. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" [Live] – 4:44
  • UK Collector's Set CD1
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Dear Mr. President" [Live from Wembley Arena] – 4:45
  3. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" [Live] – 4:44
  4. "Dear Mr. President" [Video] – 5:00
  • UK Collector's Set CD2
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" – 3:18
  3. "Dear Mr. President" [Live] – 4:45
  4. "Live From Wembley Trailer" [Video] – 0:59
  • Germany Collector's Set CD1
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Dear Mr. President" [Live from Wembley Arena] – 4:45
  3. "Leave Me Alone (I'm Lonely)" – 3:18
  4. "Live From Wembley Trailer" [Video] – 0:59
  • Germany Collector's Set CD2
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Who Knew" [Live From Wembley Arena] – 3:29
  3. "Dear Mr. President" [Live from Wembley Arena] – 4:45
  • Australian Tour Collector's Set CD1
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "Who Knew" [Live From Wembley Arena] – 3:30
  3. "Dear Mr. President" [Live From Wembley Arena] – 4:45
  4. "On The Road With Pink" [Video] – 10:00
  • Australian Tour Collector's Set CD2
  1. "Dear Mr. President" – 4:33
  2. "U + Ur Hand" [Live From Wembley Arena] – 4:39
  3. "Dear Mr. President" [Video] – 5:00
  4. "Live From Wembley Trailer" [Video] – 1:00

Remixes

  1. Offer Nissim Club Mix
  2. Offer Nissim Radio Edit

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[24] Platinum 30,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Platinum 300,000^
Summaries

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William, Chris (3 April 2006). "I'm Not Dead". EW.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Nichols, Natalie (2 April 2006). "Think of Pink as a spectrum". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (3 April 2006). "Critic's Choice: New CD's". nytimes.com. New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ Huff, Quentin (17 May 2006). "Pink: I'm Not Dead". Popmatters. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Walters, Barry (4 April 2006). "I'm Not Dead". rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  6. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (6 April 2006). "Pink: I'm Not Dead". slantmagazine.com. Slant. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – P!nk – Dear Mr. President". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – P!nk – Dear Mr. President" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – P!nk – Dear Mr. President" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – P!nk – Dear Mr. President" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  11. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 – Dear Mr. President". Billboard. Nielson Business Media, Inc. November 24, 2007. Archived from the original on February 2, 2008. Retrieved December 15, 2007. 
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200740 into search.
  13. ^ Germany Singles Chart
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – P!nk – Dear Mr. President" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – P!nk – Dear Mr. President". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – P!nk – Dear Mr. President". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – P!nk – Dear Mr. President". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  18. ^ ARIA Top 100 Singles 2007 Archived July 31, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Jahreshitparade 2007 – austriancharts.at Archived May 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ ultratop.be – ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS
  21. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts 2007 – swisscharts.com
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 14, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Austrian single certifications – P!nk – Dear Mr President" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved September 14, 2011.  Enter P!nk in the field Interpret. Enter Dear Mr President in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Pink; 'Dear Mr. President')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 13, 2012.