As you may have heard, Paul McCartney recently became the first non-American to be awarded the Gershwin Prize for popular song. At the ceremony, he cracked a joke at the expensive of hideously unpopular failed president George W Bush, quipping “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a President who knows what a library is.” This prompted a furious response from Human Events and House Minority Leader John Boehner:
When did decorum go out of style?
“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.”
McCartney is the third recipient of the Gershwin Prize. Hailing from England and having earned no university degrees of his own, the Beatle may not know W. was the first American president to earn a master’s degree in business administration. (The fact the MBA is from Harvard really irks the left.) Not to mention Bush is married to a librarian.
I think the interesting thing here is that conservatives are frequently pretending to dislike George W Bush and his policies, but at the end of the day they just can’t quit the man or stop defending his honor and his legacy. His economic priorities—help rich people pay less taxes, let business rum amok—are theirs. His religious-inflected strain of violent nationalism is theirs. His love of violence is theirs. If they return to government, they will continue with Bush-style policies and we’ll get Bush-style results.