A group of singers, some of whom have performed on Broadway, produced an original musical set to the tune of “One Day More” from the “Les Miserables” to support President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
“Les Miserables” is based on the Victor Hugo novel about the unsuccessful anti-monarchist 1832 insurrection in Paris, France. (The title translates literally to “the miserable,” which is maybe not the best message to send to other musically inclined Obama supporters.)
In an open letter rife with grammatical errors, the creator of the musical “One Term More,” Don DeMesquita, writes that he was inspired to pen the musical not only by Hugo, but by the Rosa Parks of the early aughts, Sandra Fluke:
[Rosa Parks'] decision to remain seated in December ’55 moved me to stand up in 2012. Like so many over the intervening years, I’ve taken inspiration from an unflinching American icon who said, “Memories of our lives, of our works and our deeds will continue in others.”
For me that seminal Moment occurred when Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke was viciously and repeatedly attacked on the air by a podium-pounding predator whose venomous remarks disgusted pretty much everyone within the sound of his voice.
With Fluke’s inspiration, “One Day More” was born.
DeMesquita generously describes the musical as “a transformative political parody rendered under fair use. The accompanying illustration conveys the transcendent nature of a remarkable man.”
The musical begins by condemning Republicans, and then shifts to a pro-Obama theme, including the lyrics: “Norma Rae let sisters sing/ Rosa Parks let freedom ring!/ For Obama’s just beginning/ Yes! The West Wing WiLL be won!”