Did you notice that at the end of the Democratic Convention when Senator Obama came back out on the stage and he was joined by his family and Senator Joe Biden that the song they were playing was "Only in America" by Brooks and Dunn? I was surprised. It is not that I don't think Democrats also like country music or that Democrats don't love America and can enjoy songs that celebrate what a great country this is, but I was surprised that they would feature that song. I guess I thought that song had been claimed as a Republican song . I think of "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" as a Democrat song and forever will me associated in my mind with the Clinton campaign. I would not expect Republicans to play it at their convention. This issue was addressed in Beverly Keel's column today in the Tennessean (link). It seems that "Only in America" has been used in campaigns of both political parties. Brooks and Dunn are Republicans. The co-writer of the song is Don Cook, founder of Music Row Democrats.
I love this song. It makes me happy every time I hear it. When I read the words I get a lump in my throat. I love this country and think America is a unique place and an exceptional country in world history. As Ronald Reagan said, we are that shinning city on a hill. This song expresses patriotism without being overly maudlin or jingoistic. Below are the lyrics. Click on the song title to see the video.