Kix Brooks Says Obama’s Use of “Only in America” Is “Ironic,” “Flattering”

Kix Brooks finds irony in Barack Obama’s use of Brooks & Dunn’s “Only in America” to close his acceptance speech Thursday night (Aug. 28) at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, but the singer-songwriter said he’s flattered by the indication of the song’s widespread appeal. George W. Bush used the song, a No. 1 hit for the duo in 2001, as a campaign song during his 2004 re-election bid. During that campaign, Brooks & Dunn also appeared at events promoting Bush’s candidacy. In a statement issued Friday morning (Aug. 29), Brooks said, “Seems ironic that the same song Bush used at the Republican Convention last election would be used by Obama and the Democrats now. ¬≠Very flattering to know our song crossed parties and potentially inspires all Americans.” As for Obama’s use of the song, a spokesperson for Brooks & Dunn’s label, Arista Nashville, told CMT.com, “We were unaware of this prior … nor approached for an approval.”