Listening to Trump talk about how the murder rate in Chicago is out of control for some reason put me in mind of the song, which starts out, "Well the south side of Chicago is the baddest part of town."
If you look at the lyrics, they now seem incredibly dated. There are references to how Leroy is "badder than old King Kong," to his diamond rings, his Continental, and his Eldorado.
The reference to Kong Kong wouldn't fly these days, and probably neither would the fact that he is made to sound like a pimp.
Another way the song seems dated is that Leroy meets his end in a bar fight after "messin' with the wife of a jealous man."
If the 1973 South Side had been anything like the 2017 version, Leroy would far more likely have been shot in a drive by. And the guy who shot him would also long since have been killed, also by a bullet. And the guy who shot that guy. And so on...
Recently, Trump threatened to send in the Feds if the Chicago authorities don't get their act together and stop the violence. Yesterday, according to the Chicago Tribune:
President Donald Trump responded enthusiastically Wednesday to a Cleveland-area minister's surprise comment that "top gang thugs" wanted to meet in Chicago to help reduce the city's gun violence.
"That's a great idea because Chicago is totally out of control," the president told the Rev. Darrell Scott at a Black History Month event at the White House. ...
At the morning meeting, Scott said that the gang leaders in Chicago had committed "to lower that body count" in return for added social programs from the federal government.
"If they're not going to solve the problem — and what you're doing is the right thing — then we're going to solve the problem for them because we're going to have to do something about Chicago," the president said. "Because what's happening in Chicago should not be happening in this country."
The funniest thing was what emerged about the gangs' attitude:
Scott said of the Chicago gangs: "They want to work with this administration. They believe in this administration. They didn't believe in the prior administration. They told me this out of their mouth. But they see hope with you."
"I love it," Trump said.
Still, what does their belief in the current administration -- and their lack of faith in the previous one -- say about gang members in the most violent neighborhood in the country?
That they're keepin' it real.
If the President somehow does manage to lower the gun violence in Chicago, someone should write a song about bad bad Donald Trump.
Update, 2/4/17: Commenter JR has just informed me that the Reverend Scott has admitted he was lying about having met with the gang leaders (he only met with one former gang member), and that he has blamed his lapse on lack of sleep. How disappointing. (And how naive of me to fall for it, even if it was in the Chicago Tribune; it really was too good to be true.)