Thursday, June 03, 2010


Paul McCartney, with some historical thoughts after his Gershwin Award in the White House:
Later, after the TV cameras had left, he expressed appreciation for the Library of Congress and added a zinger: "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."
Too bad the cameras were gone--it would have been must see TV to watch the current occupant's reaction. Probably about the same as the Washington Post newsroom when his victory was announced. But hey, O knows what a library is after spending most of his Columbia years buried in one, according to the book he co-wrote with a former domestic terrorist.

Anyway, the former Beatle played a lot of his great hits. For some reason left out this one..

If nothing else it could have been a sort of self-reflective piece.

MORE 6/3/10

Contrary to what HuffPo said there were some cameras rolling. It cut off pretty fast, but the crowd seemed appreciative. So who has the reaction shot?

MORE 6/4/10

Althouse is running a poll on O singing Hey Jude--hey, it doesn't bother me. Bush did some silly things, as do all presidents. Apparently after all the singing, praise, and raucous laughter about the former president died down Obama retired to the mansion and ended his day thinking of nothing but the oil spill and jobs, jobs, jobs.

In her comments section people are recommending other appropriate Beatle songs Paul didn't play: Taxman, Back in the USSR, Nowhere Man, Fixing a Hole.. I'd add "Help".


LASunsett said...

Like all other entertainers and artists, Paul would be well served to leave politics out of his act. He's a much better singer, songwriter, and musician than he is an expert on politics or world affairs.

But even at that, his best days of his craft are well behind him. As good as he once was, he is now relegated to the nostalgia shelves where old guys like myself can reminisce about where we were when he sang this or that.

Now is the time to leave the world a better place than it was when we found it, not to play silly games with words over someone that does not agree with us. To do that, we need to look at where we are and where we think we will go from here. I think we are headed down the path of self-destruction, Paul thinks Obama is a great guy. Who has more to lose?

A.C. McCloud said...

The Beatles never shied from political controversy of course, so this wasn't earth-shattering by any means.

I think the thing that bothers me more is the continuation of the "W is a dummy" meme, despite the fact he attended two Ivy League schools (two more than Sir Paul) just because he mangled some words. Obama has also mangled words, and won't release his Ivy League school records, and for that he's a great man to be admired. It's very childish, which is why I was interested in Obama's reaction to the joke.