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Goodbye Francis Scott Key, hello R. Kelly

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Nikki Schwab

Close to 1,000 people have signed on to a "We the People" petition to replace the National Anthem with something a little more modern: R. Kelly's 2003 single "Ignition" (the remixed version). "We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen," the petition announces, explaining that quite a bit has changed since Francis Scott Key penned the "Star Spangled Banner."

"Since then, we have realized that after the show, it's the afterparty, and that after the party, it's the hotel lobby, and -- perhaps most importantly -- that 'round about four, you've got to clear the lobby, at which point it's strongly recommended that you take it to the room and freak somebody," the petition continues. "President Obama: we ask you to recognize the evolution of this beautiful country and give us an anthem that better suits the glorious nation we have become." For the White House to take a look at such a demand, the petition, which was first posted on March 3, must receive more than 99,000 signatures by April 2.

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Nikki Schwab

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner