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Well, I just got off the phone with Richard Johnson, whose name is at the top of Page Six. Here's the story. They absolutely stand by the story, after giving Mr. Obama or his team several days to comment, including five phone calls and multiple emails. Page Six and Marianne Garvey, who was the lead reporter on this story, started calling the Obama camp last Thursday to give them a chance to confirm or deny the story. She called five times, also calling on Friday, plus sent multiple emails to the Obama camp. For two days Page Six tried to contact Obama's campaign. Obama's campaign never got back to them.**

Barack Obama had just won Iowa. He was triumphant. Exultant. It was time to party.

So into a victory party Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama saunter. Guess what was blasting away? Jay-Z's 99 problems. Alternet has also picked up the story.

PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Barack Obama claims to run a clean campaign, but someone in his camp took a swipe at Hillary Clinton through the candidate's theme song. As Obama and his wife, Michelle, strolled triumphantly into his victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, Jay-Z's "99 Problems" was blaring — a song where Jay raps, "I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one." Most listeners took it as a not-so-sly reference to Clinton. "We didn't know he used that," a shocked Clinton spokesperson said. Obama has no problem admitting he's a rap fan. "I tell you what. I can tell you the kinds of stuff that I love dancing to, and that is, I'm sort of, of the generation of Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind and Fire," he told CNN along the campaign trail. "But I'm sort of hip to the younger stuff. You know, like Beyoncé's 'Crazy in Love.' That's a good song to dance to. Eminem . . . although he curses sometimes." Clinton seems less committed to any theme-musical style. She made a "Sopranos" spoof video last year to unveil her official campaign song, "You and I," by Céline Dion. The lyrics go: "High above the mountains, far across the sea, I can hear your voice calling out to me." The song later disappeared from her campaign, however. But maybe Clinton could use a rap number of her own. Lil' Kim's hit, "Can't [bleep] With Queen Bee," would have been perfect to celebrate her win in New Hampshire. It goes: "It's a new day, and all you . . . back-stabbing . . . haters, you're all history. So you can hate, or hail the Queen. I got a vision, I think for the future, baby." Instead, she entered her New Hampshire victory party to "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. But now, she's using the Big Head Todd and the Monsters rock song, "Blue Sky." The lyrics go: "Yes you can change the world, true love discovers. She stands, and she won't back down. Oh, yes, you can change the world. There is no other one, just see if you can find blue sky." "We use a variety of songs, those are the most recent," said Clinton's spokesperson.

This has been circulating since Iowa. Now imagine if the Clinton camp had done something like this. It would have been front page news the very next day, long before New Hampshire. But for Barack, everyone was quiet.

So all of you concern trolls emailing me, people sending me horrendous race baiting emails as well, not to mention the few commenters who are upset about the turn this campaign has taken and the fact that I'm standing up and speaking out, I hope this will give you an idea of the real campaign Barack Obama is running. Play the video above and meet Mr. Hope.


UPDATE: Ben Smith has reported on this item as well, saying he can find no one to say that it happened, then links to a public party for Obama. I was unable to find anyone to verify what supposedly happened at a private victory party either, beyond what Page Six is reporting. So I waited. ... and waited and didn't print this item for hours, after first receiving it at around 5:00 a.m. pacific today. Frankly, I was waiting for the Obama camp to demand a retraction of the item in Page Six. I appreciate Ben's post, because I'm in the same boat. But there has been no retraction all these hours later. If the story is false, no doubt the Obama camp will ask for a retraction. As of this moment they have not. So after waiting three hours for something to happen I posted on it. I do not just throw up anything, contrary to the hits being thrown at me. Waiting three hours, with it now being three hours after that, I have to ask: If it's untrue why hasn't the Obama campaign asked for a retraction? It's a simple request, which would have to be honored if Page Six got it wrong.


**This post has been edited from its original version, compiling reporting done on the story to complete it, which includes an added paragraph at the top with Richard Johnson of Page Six who was directly responsible for the story's release.