I’ve refrained from commenting on Paul McCartney’s self-beclowning in the East Room at the White House, Wednesday night, because, frankly I was so disappointed that the more conservative half (or so I thought) of the brilliant Lennon/McCartney songwriting team turned out to be, well…not so conservative. I probably should have known that, but I rarely pay attention to show biz news.
He apparently spent much of the night engaging in an embarrassing, (and now out of vogue), leg tingling, obsequious manner:
McCartney literally gushed over President Obama throughout his East Room concert. “Getting this prize would just be good enough, but getting it from this president…” McCartney said letting his praise trail off as if there were vast volumes left unsaid.
And to add insult to injury, his thoughtless, cheap shot at President Bush could not be further off the mark:
“After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is,” McCartney quipped.
As Mark Hemingway pointed out at the Washington Examiner:
…it would also be good to have White House guests who knew that the former president’s wife has masters degree in library science and worked as a librarian. There’s even a grant program at the Institute of Museum and Library Services called the “Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program” which awards grants of up to $1 million. Here’s the bio from George W. Bush’s archived presidential webpage — “Laura Bush: Librarian and Teacher.”
We get it. You think the former President is dumb. But Bush and his wife in particular have done a lot to support literacy and libraries. The joke would be in poor taste on any occasion, but it’s made worse by revealing McCartney’s own ignorance.
An unamused John Boehner made the following statement :
“Like millions of other Americans, I have always had a good impression of Paul McCartney and thought of him as a classy guy, but I was surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he displayed at the White House,” Boehner told HUMAN EVENTS. “I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”
What was he even thinking? Why would he so carelessly tarnish his own legacy? Doesn’t he realize that large numbers of Americans are reeling in disgust by his behavior?
Frankly, I don’t care if he apologizes or not. He has revealed to the world what a small, foolish man he is.
I was once a huge fan…but now, to quote Mr. Darcy: My good opinion once lost, is lost forever.
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