When Paul McCartney appeared at the White House earlier this week, it was gala, fun-filled event. McCartney was there to entertain the First Family and their guests, as well as to receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Sir Paul, the beknighted Beatles and co-writer with John Lennon of much of the Beatle’s ouvre, made a particular impression with his rendition of “Michelle”, dedicated at this event to First Lady, Michele Obama.
In the fun loving spirit of the night, Sir Paul made an off-hand comment, reflecting upon one of the major differences between the Obama Whitehouse and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush. McCartney expressed his gratitude for the fact that America once again has a president, “who knows what a library is.”
Now that fan of the perpetual tan, or the orange glow that passes for a tan in his corner of the world, John Boener, House Minority Leader from Ohio, is demanding that Sir Paul apologize for his comment.
Boehner has said, “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. I hope he’ll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama.”
No response has yet been forthcoming from the former Beatle, nor should there be such a response. I would expect Yoko Ono to apologize for breaking up The Beatles before McCartney takes advice from John Boehner.
In actuality, if someone needs to apologize for his many insulting statements, it is Mr. Boehner. This man cannot open his mouth without making a ridiculous statement. He has called President Obama a Socialist, questioned the President’s motives and ethics without due cause, refused to work with the Obama Whitehouse on major pieces of legislation, and been a basic pain in the ass without a clue as to what’s really going on.
John Boehner needs to get a life beyond censoring speech, currying the favor of corporate lobbyists and war mongering. He should start his rebirth by NOT using his public position to attempt to control what other people may or may not say. No “freedom loving” person could honestly place limits on the thoughts or words of others. Many people around the world can see and will admit the sad truth about George Bush’s political, personal and public failings as President. The truth will be fairly spoken by moral and honest persons, regardless of the irrational fear-mongering and transparent dishonesty of others.