Published Jun 07, 2010Less than a week after his Gershwin Prize gala, Paul McCartney has learned an invaluable lesson in White House etiquette: you don't burn the former president while you're there, no matter how precise your observation is.
As Spinner points out, the former Beatles is now under fire for a comment he made while performing at the White House, regarding former president George Bush. In reference to Obama's perceived intellectual edge over Bush, McCartney remarked, "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."
Now, Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner has called McCartney out for his inflammatory comment, alleging that the comment has tarnished the singer's image.
"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 conservative magazine Human Events. "I hope he'll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama."
No word on whether McCartney intends to apologize.
As we previously reported, McCartney will play both Toronto and Montreal this August.