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Paul McCartney's cheap shot at President Bush

We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all. In certain bien pensant circles, however, there is a corollary: If you can’t think of anything nice to say -- say something bad about George W. Bush.

Consider Paul McCartney. Last night, the ex-Beatle accepted the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song at a White House ceremony, with President Obama and the first lady in attendance. Upon concluding his performance, McCartney aimed a bolt of sarcasm at Obama’s predecessor. “After the last eight years,” he quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.

Sorry, I don't get the joke. There are many things of which Bush may be fairly accused. It would be boring to list them all. My point here, however, is that those who smugly deride his ostensible ignorance often inadvertently demonstrate their own.

And so it was with McCartney's obnoxious crack, which was not only nasty, and totally inappropriate to the occasion, but also perfectly uninformed. Bush’s wife Laura is a librarian. She and her husband made a mini-cause of supporting literacy and public libraries, both when he was governor of Texas and when he was president.

The Bush administration oversaw creation of a federal grant program to train a new generation of librarians. It’s called the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and it has awarded $130 million to date. During Bush’s presidency, federal funding for public libraries grew from $163.2 million per year to $212.2 million per year – a 30 percent increase.

In mocking the boorishness of a former U.S. president, Sir Paul, and those who roared at his remark, unfortunately demonstrated their own.

By Charles Lane  | June 3, 2010; 5:07 PM ET
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Waaaaah waaaaah waaaah goes the Republican hack. Bush is lucky that he wasn't hanged for treason. He should thank his lucky stars that the only punishment he'll ever face is eternal mockery. God, this author is a huge baby.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@unpluggedboodah
Good to see that you are not just another Democrat hack.
Oh wait...

The McCartney's comment was idiotic and unnessary. The fact that he had to piss on Bush in order to praise Obama shows how wonderful our current president is.

Posted by: mryett | June 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

If W had read even his father's book, he would have realized how stupid it was to invade Iraq? The comment may have been inappropriate for the occasion but it was right on the mark for accuracy.

Posted by: pjohn2 | June 3, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

At least Bush has read the books: "How Not to Get Taken for $400 million Dollars by One-Legged Hookers" and "The Most Expensive Lay In the History of the World."

McCartney should get them for HIS library.

Posted by: pgr88 | June 3, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Funny how this WH and its supporters laugh about Bush and reading yet show their own ignorance in making comments about a law in Arizona deriding it yet they openly admit they have not read it. This comes from the highest law enforcement and homeland security positions in the land. Is it perhaps 17 pages is beyond their comprehension skills or do they feel that reading is unnecessary since their supporters seem to swallow everything they say hook line and sinker and feel that perhaps they are too inferior to read for themselves and therefore won't discover that the Arizona law is more protective of immigrants than the federal law? I think if I were a democratic supporter I wouldn't be ridiculing anyone right now for their reading skills, and I won't even mention they can't read the laws that make it illegal to offer someone a position whether paid or unpaid to get out of a race. But then I guess worrying about laws only comes into play when a democrat is trying to prosecute a republican, otherwise they claim "business as usual and everyone does it". Maybe they can make a list so we can all read it of which laws only apply to certain political parties and which ones we can ignore when it suits us.

Posted by: justmyvoice | June 3, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Have always been a huge fan of Paul McCartney, and had the pleasure of catching one of his concerts some time ago. Great songwriter, great artist, great performer. But a comment like that is totally uncalled for. Spare us, Sir Paul

Posted by: ANCLvr | June 3, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I think the remark was inappropriate. However, derision is the least that Bush should expect; he should be in prison.

Posted by: gsross | June 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Maybe not the funniest of jokes, maybe not factually correct, but there is no doubt that George Bush is a fool. And I say congratulations to Sir Paul for pissing on him. Bush deserves everyone's scorn. He waged war on false pretenses - and then mismanaged it. He should have been hanged.

Posted by: kurthunt | June 3, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So tired of whining -- this applies to the whole political spectrum.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | June 3, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Bush, Cheney, and at least 15 to 20 others are LUCKY that they have not been sent to prison for War Crimes.
Get a life. He's a dummy and you know it.

Posted by: TOMHERE | June 3, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

What McCartney said was uncalled for, but I can't defend Bush too much. He failed at every business he ever started, and then became president and took over the biggest business in the world, and drove it into the ground. The current administration has just kept digging from rock bottom. I do think we got a taste of the reputed ego that McCartney usually keeps hidden. After the work he did organizing the concert after 9/11, I found it pretty surprising. It is time to move on from the Bush-bashing. As bad as he was, I'd rather have him. At least he knew what a business was!

Posted by: HuckleBuckJr | June 3, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

There's no such thing as a "cheap shot" at Fascist Bush the War Criminal, Bush the Torture President, Bush the Draft Dodger, Bush the Domestic Spy, etc etc ad nauseum.

Posted by: EdSantaFe | June 3, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

It needs to be said again and again and again - George Bush is the Worst President Ever.

Posted by: kurthunt | June 3, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh, grow a backbone. That was probably the most innocent barb lobbed at Dubya in over five years.

And further, Laura Bush's support of libraries has NOTHING to do with George. Just because he signed the check doesn't make him some champion of literacy. There was increased spending in nearly every single government program under his watch so throwing taxpayer dollars at a program is hardly evidence of his support.

Posted by: SWB2 | June 3, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

No one dislikes GWB as much as I do, but that comment was uncalled for.

Besides, where is John Lennon's award?

Posted by: smudge101 | June 3, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Can we win? I don't think you can win it." —after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004

I'm the master of low expectations." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003
What kind of stupid spin it this? just look at Bush's record. and his statements. Sir Paul was not being funny he was just stating fact.
"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." —at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002
"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." —Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001
"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003
The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." —Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003

Bush quotes prove his point

Posted by: jpenergy | June 3, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Cheap shot - no doubt

But george w bush for 8 years was an international joke & embarrassment, an inarticulate idiot,
and, not so funny, a war criminal.

He and Cheney should both be in prison.
bush gets off lightly with a cheap shot from Paul McCartney.

Posted by: daveque | June 3, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

kurthunt and EdSantaFe:

Your rants notwithstanding, I would argue that there's at least SOME doubt that George Bush is a fool. I wonder what you will say when someone says about Obama: "He should have been lynched"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

@kurthunt
"It needs to be said again and again and again - George Bush is the Worst President
as of January 19, 2009."

Fixed

Posted by: mryett | June 3, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh, BOO-HOO.
Here I'll repeat Paul McCartney's "quip" for you: “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.”
Whine and cry all you want, Bush was the worst President this country has ever had. Period.

Posted by: Gary12 | June 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

McCartney should be BANNED from ever entering this country again. He is a washed up hippy.

Posted by: kmccormack1 | June 3, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

No, Gary12, Bush was NOT the worst President this country has ever had.

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

So, according to Lame's pathetic defense, Bush is dedicated to libraries and reading?

That's even more of a joke than Paul McCartney's.

According to Lame, "During Bush's presidency, federal funding for public libraries grew from $163.2 million per year to $212.2 million per year – a 30 percent increase."

An increase, after eight years, of $49 million a year, divided among the country's 16,604 public libraries. That $2,951 annual largesse must be a cause of celebration among the nation's librarians -- those that still have jobs, that is.

Where I live the public library is due to close next year -- just one of the tragic results of the Bush-caused recession that has crippled the country and local funding for its schools and libraries.

Lame needs to find a new career. There's not much demand for Bush apologists these days.

BTW, notice that Lame makes no case, credible or otherwise, that the paltry increases in federal funding for public libraries had ANYTHING to do with Bush.

I'd bet that Bush was totally unaware of the increases. He was far too busy running up $10.3 trillion in new debt and obligations.

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 3, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Paul just broke my heart. It's one thing to disagree with someone but to say what he said and so nastily and out of the blue....go back to England Paul...you totally lost a fan.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

WhateverHeSaid:

You don't have to believe us. "Throughout his two terms in the White House, President Bush has shown outstanding support for museums and libraries,” said Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director of IMLS. “This Administration recognizes the essential role these institutions play in connecting people to information and ideas. IMLS will continue to embrace the expanded responsibilities with which the President and Congress have entrusted us.”

http://www.imls.gov/news/2008/020408.shtm

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

@WhateverHeSaid
Saying that Bush is an irresponsible spender is the Pot calling the Kettle black. Also the Dems have had control of congress since 2007. A year later the economy went into the toilet. Coincidence?

Posted by: mryett | June 3, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

azalways:

Thank you! Is he even an American citizen (as if Obama is HIS President)?

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

ISN'T OBAMA'S FAMILY ONE TO BRAG PAUL?

YOUR OWN COUNTRY WON'T ALLOW OBAMA'S BROTHER IN.

Barack Obama's half-brother was denied entry to the UK after being accused of a serious crime on an earlier visit, the Home Office has confirmed.

Samson Obama, who lives in Kenya, was on his way to the US presidential inauguration in January when he was stopped at East Midlands Airport.

According to the News of the World, fingerprint tests linked him to an alleged sex attack on a British girl.

He was questioned but not charged over the incident in Berkshire, it added.

'Public good'

A Home Office spokesman said Samson Obama was denied a visa after immigration officers noticed one of his documents was false. That led them to further inquiries.

Samson Obama, who runs a mobile phone shop outside Nairobi, had been planning to make a short break in the UK on his way to Washington.

He eventually took a connecting flight to the US without formally entering the UK.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said in general, Britain would oppose the entry of individuals where their presence was "not conducive to the public good".

Samson Obama is one of several half-siblings of the US president.

Barack Obama Sr left his son when he was two years old and lived most of his life in Kenya, where he fathered a number of other sons and a daughter with three other wives. He died in a car crash in 1982.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | June 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Love Paul even more...

Posted by: beenthere3 | June 3, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Lane, your tears are delicious and your skin is evidently wafer-thin. No matter how you spin it, history will remember George W. Bush as a failure. Of course, history WILL remember that Bush was reading "The Pet Goat" to some schoolchildren when the Twin Towers were attacked on 9/11. And we all know he read the bible daily with his fellow zealot Mr. John Ashcroft. But if you think history will record him as a scholar or a learned man, you're daft.

@azalways, if McCartney can break your heart with such a mindless barb that wasn't even directed at you, then he's not going to miss you in the fan club.

Posted by: obeah | June 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a Paul McCartney Fan...

No longer. To say what he said...about George W. Bush or any other President of the United States...angers me. A joke in very poor taste for sure.

Go back to your side of the Pond McCartney, take your music with you.

Posted by: johio1 | June 3, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Typical childish lib. Perhaps actually spending some time in the library would have done the community organizer some good. He would have probably been able to pronounce "corpsman" correctly the first time, and wouldn't have had to ride the affirmative action train his whole life.

Barack Hussein Obama as POTUS is like making the janitor CEO.

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

obeah:

What is wrong with reading the Bible daily?

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Bush was lucky in that it was coming from Paul rather than from the late John...

Posted by: skata3 | June 3, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Com'on... The GOP has become a party of Master-Baiters when then should have been working for ALL Americans - NOT just the likes of Bernard Madoff (the ponzi schemer).

There is NOTHING nice to say about G.W. Bush. He was a buffoon and Paul McCartney and the rest of the entire world looked down upon the United States as the quentissential jackass for the past 8 years. You must be retarded.

After the Republican's burnt the United States financial house house at the end of their past 8 year rein of terror - the history books finally have closure beyond an unequivocal doubt!!!

Where have you been???

Posted by: danglingwrangler | June 3, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

You wrote : "Bush’s wife Laura is a librarian. "

SO WHAT ? ?

That fact did NOTHING to make Bush even a mediocre President, which he was not.

Bush and his group of clowns nearly destroyed this country, lost most of our credibility in the world, and took a BUDGET SURPLUS and turned it into nearly $8 TRILLION in federal DEBT.

McCartney was right, and I am happy he had the nerve to say it. Bush was, and history will prove, him to be one of the 2 or 3 worst President in our country's history.

.

Posted by: swanieaz | June 3, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney said: “After the last eight years,” he quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.
_______________


So now it's Paul McCartney's fault that Bush was illiterate and dyslexic?

So long as Republicans are allowed to put idiots in office, then Americans are allowed to call them idiots.

Don't send a pig to Washington and expect us to kiss its a.s.s.

Posted by: lindalovejones | June 3, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

No, he wasn't, swanieaz.

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 3, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I learned to despise W since March of 2003, but I agree with Mr. Lane that it was uncalled for. But he misses the point by over-analyzing why the comment was untrue (he misses Paul's point). The comment was tacky, rude, and unnecessary. In addition, it must have been very awkward for the President. And since it took place in the WH, it'll be a juicy target for the Becksters of the country.

Posted by: tjconnor | June 3, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Why do so many people claim Bush is so lucky to not to have been tried and imprisoned? If he had done something illegal you can bet your liberal he would have been. Don't be so ignorant.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Saint Paul the Coleoptera acted stupidly. - Barack the Magnificant

Posted by: EllEyeBee | June 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Lane, what a weak and pointless piece of tripe to pass off for a column. You get paid to do this???

Dry your eyes and stop defending that idiot GWB. Bush and hellboy, Cheney, should both be in prison right now.

Posted by: veerle1 | June 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

There is NOTHING nice to say about G.W. Bush. He was a buffoon and Paul McCartney and the rest of the entire world looked down upon the United States as the quentissential jackass for the past 8 years. You must be retarded.

Posted by: danglingwrangler

Bush knew who the enemy was, unlike liberals, who thinks it's the USA. Yep, I sure do miss that American, putting his people before the "feelings" of other countries. Grow a pair lib, unless you enjoy being a wuss.

LIBERALISM........THE GUTLESS CHOICE

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

It was a comment in poor taste. But Bush displayed such an ignorance of history thoughout his two stolen terms that one would think that he had never read a book. Instead of relying on advice of other presidents that had gone before him or even his own father he relied on the advice of his "heavenly father" and went to war. Instead of reading about the succesful occupations and rebuidling of Japan and Germany after WW2 he decided to just wing it and let the diierent factions sort it out for themselves. Instead of reading the reports from the thousands of scientists that warned about global warming he pulled the US out of the Kyoto Protocol and set the US back decades in the leadershio position it had before. So even though the comment was in poor taste it is easy to see how could assume that Bush could not read or that he knew what a library was.

Posted by: bigbadted | June 3, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

And why do people keep saying Bush nearly destroyed the country when we have staggeringly more deficit now, sky-high unemployment, mortgage crisis, bailouts and Obama's approval rating is in the 40's....what's that ya say?

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

How much BP stock does Sir Paul hold? Did he pen a song to our once pristine coastline and estuaries?

Does he realize that President Obama hates Cajun people?

Posted by: MDDem1 | June 3, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

What would you expect? At least President Bush knows that it is illegal to bring marijuana into Japan through an airport.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 3, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Bush can handle it. Sir Paul really showed his love for America by bolstering OUR new president in a time of need. Sometimes you have to pick on the wide-eye innocent to to make a point.

Posted by: wpmars | June 3, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is like so many other entertainers. Talented on the outside and politically brain dead on the inside. Why don't they just stick to their written scripts and stop making comments off the cuff before thinking about what they are saying.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 3, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Too Many People Going Underground
Too Many Reaching For A Piece Of Cake
Too Many People Pulled And Pushed Around
Too Many Waiting For That Lucky Break
That Was Your First Mistake
You Took Your Lucky Break And Broke It In Two
Now What Can Be Done For You
You Broke It In Two

Posted by: mryett | June 3, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"And why do people keep saying Bush nearly destroyed the country when we have staggeringly more deficit now, sky-high unemployment, mortgage crisis, bailouts and Obama's approval rating is in the 40's....what's that ya say?- Posted by: azalways"

And you really think the republicans were NOT responsible for this current financial chaos - as the direct result from the Great GOP Recession of 2007... that is still NOT over for 25 million unemployed/underemployed American citizens.

Get back in your box of dumb hammers - QUICK I say !!

Posted by: danglingwrangler | June 3, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

McCartney should read a book about managing prostitutes, maybe he could improve his lifestyle some.

Posted by: GordonShumway | June 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse


For those of you that think President Bush should be in jail, if he really did something illegal, you can bet the democrats would have persued a lawsuit!

And it is true.....their comments are always rude because they have no class , just as we have found out that Paul McCartney has none. So low, so stupid, so boring. Yes, I know, now they are blaming Bush for the oil spill...and I heard it is his fault that Tipper and Al are divoring !!! Will it never end???

Posted by: kfjor | June 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

"And why do people keep saying Bush nearly destroyed the country when we have staggeringly more deficit now, sky-high unemployment, mortgage crisis, bailouts and Obama's approval rating is in the 40's....what's that ya say?- Posted by: azalways"

And you really think the republicans were NOT responsible for this current financial chaos - as the direct result from the Great GOP Recession of 2007... that is still NOT over for 25 million unemployed/underemployed American citizens.

Get back in your box of dumb hammers - QUICK I say !!

Posted by: danglingwrangler | June 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, go cry more.

Posted by: joew22 | June 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

You can always tell the commies in the crowd. They are the ones who think their political opponents should be in jail or hanged.

As for McCartney, he should have shut up after defending Obama earlier in the week. I thought that was cute and entirely appropriate. It's one thing to ingratiate yourself to your host who happens to be President, it's another entirely to insult a former President who is far better educated than you are. It makes him look like just another elitist Euro-weenie.

Posted by: theduke89 | June 3, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

fr the article:

>...“After the last eight years,” he quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.

Sorry, I don't get the joke. There are many things of which Bush may be fairly accused. It would be boring to list them all...<

Your little bff dumbya has no idea what a library is or is for. Yes, Mrs. Bush was a school librarian, and she's basically a nice lady, but that does NOT compensate for eight long years of governmental mismanagement, halliburton, dick cheney, "mission accomplished" and "brownie, you're doing a heck of a job", by the worst Resident that ever lived in the White House, other than Harding and Nixon.

Posted by: Alex511 | June 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Bernard Madoff (the ponzi schemer) was a NY Liberal, the darling of the Manhattan brie and wine crowd. He was a rat b@stard of the first order and fit in perfectly with his neocommie cohorts..milking the system for all it is worth while undermining it at the same time. A TRUE LIBERAL!

Posted by: MDDem1 | June 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I used to respect Paul McCartney. Now I know he is nothing more than a blowhard liberal with a big mouth. This is not his country anyway. What should he care. Paul can take his comments & shove'em.

Posted by: waycool | June 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

"During Bush’s presidency, federal funding for public libraries grew from $163.2 million per year to $212.2 million per year – a 30 percent increase."

Which just goes to show Republicans are in the business of big government redistribution of wealth as much as liberals are!

Posted by: Don19 | June 3, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Bush's ghostwritten book is coming out soon, in which he is reported to state that he is proud of his support of torturing captive combatants.

In view of his continued disregard for human dignity and remembering that he virtually destroyed America's international reputation for leadership and moral authority, McCartney's remark was not sharp enough.

Thanks anyway, Paul.

Posted by: perryneheum | June 3, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul's "joke" was crass and stupid.

From a Democrat who deplored the former president and listened to the Beatles.

Posted by: martina2 | June 3, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse


Did you forget the great recession Clinton headed us into at the end of his final term that Bush pulled us out of?? Go to a 'library' and read up on it. Bush knew how to do it, Obama couldn't.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

“After the last eight years,” he quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.

Sorry, I don't get the joke."

Sorry, no joke.

"Bush’s wife Laura is a librarian. She and her husband made a mini-cause of supporting literacy and public libraries"

She's also a murderer. Does that mean the drunkard supports murder. Hmm, oh yeah, he does. In fact, he's committed tens of thousands himself.

Posted by: rcubedkc | June 3, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The joke was in poor taste and tarnished the event. Why was the comment necessary Sir Paul? I've loved your music since the 1960s but keep your politics on the other side of the Pond from now on.

Posted by: pjsilva | June 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse


Bush's so-called disregard for human dignity is what kept your *%#% safe for 8 yrs...gee...how many times now in the last year has New York barely dodged it??
You left over love love hippies need to finally grow up.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Must be tough being conservative, the list of musicians who haven't insulted Bush is very very short.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul did a bit too much inhaling...but he was in good company!

Posted by: independent_1 | June 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

"Bush's so-called disregard for human dignity is what kept your *%#% safe for 8 yrs...gee..."

Posted by: azalways

----------------------------

Maybe my memory isn't what it used to be, but didn't something happen during those 8 years?

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Charles Lane...go get a job at Faux News. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most famous musicians of all times, you're just a hack employed because you're teabagging Don Graham's balls. Thank God the newspaper industry is dying, and you'll be working as a fry cook.

Posted by: playa_brotha | June 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse


.......and where are the Dixie Chicks now...I'm done...been fun.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Did you forget the great recession Clinton headed us into at the end of his final term that Bush pulled us out of?? Go to a 'library' and read up on it. Bush knew how to do it, Obama couldn't.

Posted by: azalways
-------------------------------
The recession of 2001 was the mildest in a generation. The recession of 2008-2009 was the most severe, and Obama pulled us out of it. Looks like Bush isn't the only one who doesn't know what a library is.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Must be tough being conservative, the list of musicians who haven't insulted Bush is very very short.

Posted by: leftcoaster

I'm sure Bush could care less about thin skinned musicians and terrorists who criticize him.

"IMAGINE A WORLD FREE OF LIBERALS"

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok...one more....yes you're right...Clinton's carelessness brought on an attack on 9/11 that had been in the planning for years of his administration. Terrorists thought Bush would be a pushover too........but they found out differently didn't they.

Posted by: azalways | June 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Loosen up a bit Mr. Lane. So it wasn't the nicest or most tasteful remark to make in polite company, but it's OK to make fun of GW Bush. Derision should rightfully be a part of Bush's legacy since he ran our country into the ground.

Posted by: eaglepeak | June 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

The recession of 2008-2009 was the most severe, and Obama pulled us out of it. Looks like Bush isn't the only one who doesn't know what a library is.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The same Obama who refused to regulate Fannie, thus causing the financial disaster? The same Obama who is growing the debt at the rate of 3x what Bush did? The same Obama who spent 1 trillion to stimulate the economy that ended up not stimulating the economy? Loser, I don't think even a library is going to help you, perhaps electroshock therapy and alot of meds. Reality sux, eh lib?

PS-Can't help but laugh at what decades of liberalism has done to California.

LIBERALISM....AMERICA'S WEAKEST LINK

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

apparently paul didn't inherit any class with his fame and money...

Posted by: DwightCollins | June 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

It's okay. Sir Paul hasn't really had a coherent thought since he ceased songwriting with John Lennon. I wouldn't concern myself overly with the political leanings of someone whose own oeuvre includes "Silly Love Songs" and the immortal lyric: "Someone's knockin' at the door/Somebody's ringing the bell/Do me a favor open the door and let 'em in."

Posted by: jackdonaghy | June 3, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

A lot of irrelevant postings on a simple column. Paul McCartney made a factually untrue statement - Bush 43 didn't read. You can love or hate him but he read constantly. As a speaker sounded like an idiot. Of course McCartney still believes England is a great empire and married Heather Mills, so his judgement is in question.

Posted by: vbuck | June 3, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

McCartney made a living doing crappy re-takes of Chuck Berry tunes, legitimizing and sanitizing the 60's "revolution" to middle class whites. He had no talent then, and none now. Laura Bush has more class in one pinkie than this schlub.

Posted by: CraiginJersey | June 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney has no class!

Posted by: outraged11 | June 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

BUSH IS DAMNED LUCKY ALL HE TOOK WAS A VERBAL SHOT. THE SOB OUGHT TO BE HANGED FOR TREASON.

Posted by: kuvasz | June 3, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh, gollee gee, the list of musicians - Sheryl "one sheet" Crow, Dave "dump the crapper" Matthews, Linda "Gov. Mooney shack" Ronstadt, Fred "Love Shack" Schneider and the village idiots of Green Day... Dumb Bible-clinging redneck wingnut that I be, I simply can't begin to comprehend where the mind-expanding intellect of the left's supersongsters will explode next.

The poet lifts his pen while the soldier sheaths his sword, I guess. Ha-yuck.

Posted by: EllEyeBee | June 3, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul's comment was very much in bad taste and thank you for reminding us of the support Bush provided library programs.

Posted by: onthejourney | June 3, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

The recession of 2008-2009 was the most severe, and Obama pulled us out of it. Looks like Bush isn't the only one who doesn't know what a library is.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 3, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

The only ones who should hang are liberals fighting for the rights of terrorists, while also trying to weaken our defense.

Barack Hussein Obama=Affirmative Action + American Idol

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Lane, do you really get paid to write this drivel?

Like it or not, Paul McCartney is by FAR the most successful songwriter in history. He was kind towards Bush with his pretty tame comment.

Paul is still filling stadums around the world; do you really think losing some right wing fans will affect him?

I think NOT!

Posted by: amw2668 | June 3, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the "Bush should be in prison" talk. He was doing what he thought was the right thing to do at the time. As for McCartney, what a tremendous amount of disrespect for our country and former president. I hope he dies a horrible, painful death. Go back to England and stay there you piece of sh*t!

Posted by: klane44 | June 3, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush is famous for reading one book - "My Pet Goat."

Posted by: Fan035 | June 3, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree: it's ridiculous to accuse President Bush of not reading. We all know he read books.

"The Pet Goat" for example.

Posted by: dostrov | June 3, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Too funny. As soon as I learned of this, I knew the racist 'tea party' psychos would be further mentally declining. Congrats to Sir Paul, the other performers, and President Obama.

Posted by: revbookburn | June 3, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyway we can get Mark David Chapman out of jail and have him take care of McCartney as well?

Posted by: klane44 | June 3, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

You are a bonehead revbookburn!

Posted by: klane44 | June 3, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Funny. I get it. The joke, that is.

Posted by: rwassmer | June 3, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney the "most successful songwriter in history", "by FAR". Oh, my God. This is scary stupid. Are there really people out there that believe this? Has anyone listened to his lame, pathetic drivel passing for music?

Posted by: CraiginJersey | June 3, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

amw2668 | June 3, 2010 7:54 PM

Speaking of popularity contests, over fifty percent of America supports Arizona's immigration law.
Barack the Magnificant sits at forty-three.
The Democrat congress at twenty-two or so. Pelosi? Well they quit tracking stocks when they drop below a halfpence.

Ouch!

"So lay off him, he's doing great."

Yeah, he's doing a heck of a job there, Paul.

Posted by: EllEyeBee | June 3, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is an idiot.

He deserved that last wife who was also a real loser.
How sad to have to endear oneself to the inept president by so inappropriately demeaning the last president.

But then Obama gets the stupid remarks, i.e., "the Cambridge police acted stupidly" -- even though he had no facts --

These two jerks deserve each other.

Posted by: pjcafe | June 3, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

That Laura got Bush to support libraries hardly speaks to the issue of what, if anything, he ever read. His ignorance is the least of his sins; his criminal behavior should have earned him a trial and conviction for war crimes, and he should be in jail.

Posted by: billaldridge | June 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

JPenergy, do you have an English comprehension problem or something? It is perfectly clear to those of us who do understand English that the quotation below, which you posted, contains no mis-speak by President Bush. Your post about it, however, JPenergy, does show how weak your English skills are.

"The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." —Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003

Bush quotes prove his point

Posted by: jpenergy"

Posted by: SCOTSGUARDS | June 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

billaldridge is a bonehead too! What do you think your butt-nuddy Obama would have done from 2001-2008 if he were in Bush's shoes?

Posted by: klane44 | June 3, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Not a brilliant remark. But I'll take Sir Paul's contributions to the world over Bush's anyday. Gotta love the Beatles even now.

Posted by: marctrain1 | June 3, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

fr cschotta1:
>...PS-Can't help but laugh at what decades of liberalism has done to California.<

Just to let you know, ahnuld, der gropenator, states that he is REPUBLICAN. Ahnuld blithely shuts off county funding, state programs, and then looks the other way.

Posted by: Alex511 | June 3, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Good for Paul.
Remember that the Texas Moron's only book in his White House 'library' was "The Book of Farts". Remember?
Besides, we all know the poor moron did not know how to read or write.

Posted by: analyst72 | June 3, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul and the Beatles cashed in on being an acceptable, cute middle class alternative to Dylan, et al. then they got even more cute with Sargent Pepper. But McCartney on his own, that is a study in utterly lame, no-talent blandness.

Posted by: CraiginJersey | June 3, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I used to be a McCartney fan, no longer. Paul - do not criticize our presidents. By the way, Obama is by far the WORST president this country has ever known.

Posted by: cperr57 | June 3, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

So you got your Paul McCartney in your left hand, and Amy Winehouse in your right, and who's better and will be remembered longer?

I think everybody knows the answer ~ it's AMY!

Posted by: muawiyah | June 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Oh please stop your whining....poor, poor Bush...wahhh. Give me a break, the worst President ever is George W. Bush....PERIOD.

Good for you, Paul McCartney! You speak the truth!!

Posted by: Metome1 | June 3, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I would just point out that Laura Bush once joked that "George thinks a bibliography is a biography of people in the bible" - so jokes about the former president's intellect are not limited to his detractors.

Posted by: jmarsano | June 3, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

I would just point out that Laura Bush once joked that "George thinks a bibliography is a biography of people in the bible" - so jokes about the former president's intellect are not limited to his detractors.

Posted by: jmarsano | June 3, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

All you Bush-haters must be sighing in relief that someone brought him up again...takes the attention off the FACT that YOUR President is an incompetent political hack that has not one shred of an idea of how to govern a nation. He's Nero, dribbling and hacking around the course while America sinks under the mountain of debt we now face.

I suppose it's good for you guys that Bush gets into the news periodically so you spunkmeisters can finally give your left hands some exercise too.

Posted by: PanhandleWilly | June 3, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Metome1...you miss the point. We are beginning to let foreigners come into our country and criticize our policies. Have you no pride. Move to Europe with the rest of of the liberal moonbats!

Posted by: klane44 | June 3, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I learned to despise W since March of 2003, but I agree with Mr. Lane that it was uncalled for. But he misses the point by over-analyzing why the comment was untrue (he misses Paul's point). The comment was tacky, rude, and unnecessary. In addition, it must have been very awkward for the President.........
Posted by: tjconnor | June 3, 2010 6:43 PM

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Exactly. McCartney had all the tact and manners of a Brit soccer hooligan. It also appears that the Left, whose hatred for Bush borders on the pathological, enjoyed the comment immensely.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 3, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I would just point out that Laura Bush once joked that "George thinks a bibliography is a biography of people in the bible" - so jokes about the former president's intellect are not limited to his detractors.

Posted by: jmarsano | June 3, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney is an idiot. He transformed the song "Michelle" into a political rant no longer worthy of a listen. He couldn't even win a one-legged kicking contest these days.

Posted by: dalane27 | June 3, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Paul McCartney IS the most successful songwriter in HISTORY, and that's a FACT.

For your Information:

He appeared in the Guiness Book of world records several times.

His hit "Yesterday" is listed as the most covered song in history with over 3000 existing versions

He is considered the most successful popular-music composer and recording artist ever with sales of 100 million singles and 60 gold discs

Had the largest stadium audience in history when 184,000 paid to see him perform at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in April 1990

Had the fastest ticket sales in history, which took place in 1993 when 20,000 tickets for 2 shows in Sydney, Australia sold out in eight minutess

The only artist to have UK number one singles as a soloist ("Pipes of Peace"), and part of a duo ("Ebony and Ivory" with Stevie Wonder), trio ("Mull of Kintyre" with Wings), quartet ("She Loves You", among many others, with The Beatles), quintet ("Get Back" The Beatles with Billy Preston) and sextet ("Let It Be" Ferry Aid). He was also a member of charity ensemble Band Aid which had a UK number one with Do They Know It's Christmas?

His hit song ,"Yesterday," was confirmed as world's most popular song with over 6,000,000 airplays in the USA alone.

Glad to educate you!

Posted by: amw2668 | June 3, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, the things the right wing says on TV, radio, print, etc is awful! I know you want to be like Limbaugh, but lighten up on Paul. George W bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity, be thankful he just told a light hearted joke that Bush definitely earned through his own stupid behavior.

Posted by: number999 | June 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

RIGHT, just look at the posts by the wing nuts on Obama, the comments by Limbaugh and Glen Beck. Give me a break, LOUSY HYPOCRITE

Posted by: shipfreakbo214 | June 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Really? You are taking that comment literally?

Apparently the British sense of humor is too sophisticated for WP.

Come now. Taking a comment about Bush's lack of curiosity to mean he literally didn't know what a library was?

Posted by: Hillman1 | June 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

it was a joke. Chill out

Posted by: Chops2 | June 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Bush made fun of not being bookish himself.

And as you Obama haters know very well, a public person is fair game in open season, right?

Posted by: MadamDeb | June 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

I dunno...now thinking Heather may have been the better half!

Spare us Paul, you just dropped fifty points on the respect meter.

Posted by: contrary | June 3, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Lane is lame. How's that for cheapness? Poodleboy

Posted by: johng1 | June 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to George Walker Bush

Posted by: whocares666 | June 3, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

I just hope this episode of Obamalot gets wide exposure, from beginning to end, so that the world can see how a smarmy Brit twit exposes not only himself for the oily bag he is, but all those who roared with laughter at his oh-so-cute quip.

Posted by: RossOdom | June 3, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

I found McCartney's comment offensive, as I am sure he would were we to go to England and speak disparagingly of Tony Blair. Why on earth would he choose to be so crass? Who was he trying to appease? I am a fan and am very disappointed in his comment.

Posted by: davidandangela | June 3, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

It most certainly was uncalled for. I always liked McCartney, but this just makes him look cheap. He hasn't shown tht he's any too bright, himself. I know he was trying to impress the Obamas, but frankly, just because someone knows what a library is doesn't mean they understand the words in the books. And I'm not talking about Bush.

Posted by: Lilycate | June 3, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I know he's British, but now he's proven an ignorant Brit. You see, when you keep saying, "the last 8 years", you impune the current President for 1.5 of that....way to go Paul, you called TWO Presidents morons and you might be right, but you have no place in our wonderful country. Go home and get a divorce again...what a lost soul.

Posted by: powerange | June 3, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

You are a idiot.Bush was the worst President ever.If you don't know that you are clueless.Why the Washington Post employs you is beyond me.You belong with the bigots at the New York Post.Don't ever write anything so stupid like that again.You piss me off.You have got to be a Racist Republican.

Posted by: scottspencer303 | June 3, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of one's opinion of Bush's Presidency, McCartney is a guest in our country and he was besmirching the former president. The Office of the President deserves respect regardless of your opinion of the occupant. It was tacky and unnecessary.

Posted by: davidandangela | June 3, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

People can say what they want but that was unpatriotic no matter how you slice it. Most of us know that Bush was not a great president and really shouldn't have served a second term. We get it already....no need to keep beating a dead horse unless that is all some of you people have the brain power to do. The point is, he WAS one of our nation's presidents and still deserves that respect regardless of what you idiots that oppose this simple fact might believe. If Paul didn't like how Bush ran the U.S. then why the hell did he stay here. Take your ass back to the UK where your beloved socialism is already in full bloom and the country is about to collapse economically. If you Sir Paul are so eager to kiss Obama's ass and truly believe his self serving agenda to drive our country into a socialist state and reliquish our economy to the hands of the G20, then I say again, go back to the U.K. from where you came from if it was so great! I for one think entertainers should keep their mouths shut and stay out of the political arena. Most of the time they just sound idiotic with the crap that flows from their mouths and often times end up just putting both feet in it. Not that Mr. McCartney is probably even worried about it, but he should have considered his fan base as a whole before he spewed his venom because not all of them will share his same views and I would expect many will feel strongly enough about his comments that they will cease to support his extraordinary life style. Real smart Paul.....real smart! I don't care how much money you have, and how much money you've made off of those American's who do not share your views, you were not born here in the U.S. and in my opinion will never hold the power or the right to make such comments about one of our country's past leaders no matter how poorly he did in his job. I'll promise one thing, a few years into 2012 when we're all looking back on the Obama 4 year term in Washington, he will be remembered as one of the worst presidents of all time....right down the list next to Mr. Jimmy Carter. If you think I'm wrong, well, I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by: NationUnited | June 3, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCartney should apologize to President Bush and the American people.

Posted by: franciskiley | June 3, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Shut up & sing. On second thought, just shut up, you're 68 years old, give me a break.

Just another loser lib with no class. Just like the Loser-in-Chief with no class.

Posted by: jcp370 | June 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Paul, but you don't have a "President". You're a Brit, you have a "Prime Minister". You would think a "knight of the realm" would know this.

Posted by: dwilliams210 | June 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

is this the new reality that repuglicants are making

since that permenent repuglitard majority didn't work out so good

repuglitards are now reduced to permanent victimhood

was lil paul McCartney mean to george bush ???

in the words of dick cheney, GO F*** YOURSELF

HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT REALITY

Posted by: nada85484 | June 3, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Who's the dummy?
http://www.wnd.com/index.php/index.php?pageId=74877

Posted by: UnWiseToWriteAboutHockey | June 3, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

We used to have an EMPTY HEAD for PRESIDENT, and NOW WE HAVE JUST AN EMPTY SUIT. TOO BAD THAT WE CAN'T DO BETTER. AND TO ALL YOU LEFTIES WHO SAY THAT BUSH SHOULD BE IN JAIL. LET'S SEE HOW THIS WONDERFUL ADMINISTRATION PLAYS OUT.

Posted by: barrysal | June 3, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

ellybee, you forgot to list the republicans' rating, especially those in Congress. Were they too low for you to find? Poor conservatives like cshotta, can make all the jokes and low class comments about Clinton and Obama, but God forbid someone makes a joke about the dumbest man ever to be in the WH, ol' W. The man got led around by the nose by cheney. Amazing that he finally showed a backbone as he was walking out the door by not pardoning cheny's pal, scooter libby. As for Obama wrecking the economy, you guys conveniently forget the record debt he inherited, the bailouts he inherited, the unemployment he inherited, but all you guys can say is it's Obama's fault. Rome wasn't built in a day and bush's mess won't be cleared up in a year or two.

Posted by: mikel7 | June 3, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hahahah Paul...you're a real card. How about another one, say something like, "Somewhere in Hawaii a beach is missing its bum!" Hahahah, isn't that funny.

OhOhOh...and another one, "Somewhere in Chicago a corner is missing its Hoodlum!" hhhoooooaaaaahahahahah.

Funny isn't it Paul? Paul? Oh...I see....

Posted by: wjc1va | June 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Mr. McCartney should apologize to President Bush and the American people.

Posted by: franciskiley

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and when glen beck said that Barack Obama was a secret racist ???

Paul McCartney told a JOKE

glen beck shamed the entire nation with his stupid racist statement

and you people expect Paul McCartney to apolgize ???

what the H*ll is wrong with you teabagger terrorists

a joke is offensive, but calling the President a racist, a socialist, a communist, and all of the other crap that has been thrown at Obama is just political discourse ???

I can't wait to flush you repuglitarded teabagger terrorists down the toliet of history

Posted by: nada85484 | June 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Hee Haw! There goes the President showing his Ass in public again.

Posted by: capebrtngrl | June 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Well as far as sir or should i say madame McCartney.know what i mean? He must be excused for his recent behavior,it seems paul is plagued with a fatal case of writers
block. He hasnt written anything of note since speed of sound in 75 or 76. and even that wasnt strong,i was being generous not to go back to venus and mars. He is representative of so many greedy cowards who suddenly want to make their political views known when theyre one foot in the grave and dont care about commercial setback. He wouldnt have said it before the release of beatles rockband or rerelease of cds. I wont throw out my stuff however. not a big deal at all except for the false assumption by paul that obama is an intellect by contrast. he is not and any time obama spent at a library in his youth wouls have likely involved getting high in the john. 57 states or the bomb dropped on pearl harbor ring a bell. yes what a genius. b.o. had better hope that major garret never quizzes hom at one of those press conferences on american history.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Who the heck is this guy Lane anyway? And where the heck was he in the period from 2000 to 2008? Bush is responsible for the deaths of over 4000 Americans and a hundred or so thousand Iraqis as well as spending a trillion dollars of taxpayer debt on an unecessary war. Bush should be in prison, not home listening to wisecracks. The arrogance of these Bush apologists like this Lane fill me with anger. Frankly, Bush is an open target, the worst president in US history, and anything anyone wants to say about him is fair game. As for you posters who think that Obama is worse than Bush, I applaud the fact that people of such limited IQ such as yourselves can even type.

Posted by: nyrunner101 | June 3, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

You are missing the point. "Sir" Paul is not an American. Tell him to go back to "Great" Britain if he wants to make political comments. Oh, yeah, he couldn't have made the money he did in "Great" Britain...could he have?

Posted by: dwilliams210 | June 3, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm just happy people are leaving Brittany Spears alone.

Posted by: daweeni | June 3, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

All the pathetic liberals posting on this site display why they love McCartney's comments. Same mentality that cheered when Obama called the police stupid without knowing what he was talking about. Those who think Bush is bad all adore the pathetic Obama who has been an utter embarrassment going around the world giving the Queen of England an iPod with his crappy speeches on it, and apologizing for his own country to corrupt leaders around the world.

One thing George W. Bush has shown that the idiot liberals including Obama, McCartney and their defenders on this site don't have a clue about - Class. Keep partying on Barack - the oil keeps pumping, the borders are still being violated, and you have exploded our finances in debt. What pathetic children!

Posted by: jrod487 | June 3, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

It's okay. However much fun McCartney wants to make of Bush, the truth is that Bush has written as many good songs in the past 35 years as McCartney.

If America really had wanted mindless political inanity out of former Beatles, they wouldn't have shot John so early.

Posted by: charlesbakerharris | June 3, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I have refreshed twice and have yet to be attacked for my comments. Either i have dazzled you with my insightful assertions or you just dont care. I am disappointed in you. Well anyhow Britney Spears has offensive feminine odor.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

So Lane says: "Sorry, I don't get the joke". Well, he should. ANY joke about Bush is fair and appropriate. Lane notwithstanding, Bush has repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance, stupidity, and cruelty. McCartney's point is well taken.

Posted by: Rocketman4 | June 3, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

What a whiney thin skinned typical tea- bagger republican response.
Literacy is Laura's cause, not w's. He's willfully ignorant and drove our nation into a ditch.
He deserves a lot more than simple mockery.
Get over it.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | June 3, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

What a whiney thin skinned typical tea- bagger republican response.
Literacy is Laura's cause, not w's. He's willfully ignorant and drove our nation into a ditch.
He deserves a lot more than simple mockery.
Get over it.

Posted by: jeffc6578 | June 3, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The worst thing about McCartney's remark is that isn't even funny. It wasn't fair and he shouldn't have said it.

Now Lane should go back to the 2000 to 2008 time period and review all the slanderous, arrogant, and misinformed statements that Bush made about his political enemies.

Posted by: maggots | June 3, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul's ability to judge people? His last wife for instance? What a hoot...

Almost as "class" as Ms Obama touching the Queen's back ... can't take the bumkin out of people no matter how high they manage to rise with the help of Chicago like manipulations and cover ups.

Posted by: sally62 | June 3, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama hasn't proved he's remotely bright.

haven't seen grades or scores. Seems he failed the bar, though we haven't seen those parts of his resume, either.

I built bikes one summer in school. The shop owner demanded a resume and my report card.

I had nothing to hide, so I gave them to him, and got the job.

How the rest of you morons voted for the guy without seeing his grades is despicable.

Posted by: docwhocuts | June 3, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Anybody who wants to associate GWBush with literacy should check out how he diminished funding for RIF - Reading is Fundamental - that provided millions of books for kids who otherwise don't have the opportunity to own one. Both GW and Laura Bush said money books should be provided through "private" fundraising.

Posted by: annieb346 | June 3, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse


Paul has fogged up his brain with pot. Or maybe a little blow, like Obama said he did.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 3, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

You can go here - http://www.rif.org/ - to find out more about efforts to re-instate RIF's funding.

Posted by: annieb346 | June 3, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The truth always hurts. It was nice for 8 years as the Media/Press made excuses for Bush's ignorance. Bush couldn't complete a sentence without sounding like an idiot. Now we were slight because of the respect of the President. Notice how there is no respect for Obama and he's intelligent but yes it's because of his race. But the World has beening laughing for the 8 years at Bush. While visiting Canada many citizens asked me why we elected Bush twice after finding at how bad he was the first year. What you see in Bush is what you get, he's still on drugs and is an alcoholic as the World Leaders know.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | June 3, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

If George Bush said the following quotes: "Can we win? I don't think you can win it." —after being asked whether the war on terror was winnable, "Today" show interview, Aug. 30, 2004

I'm the master of low expectations." —aboard Air Force One, June 4, 2003
What kind of stupid spin it this? just look at Bush's record. and his statements. Sir Paul was not being funny he was just stating fact.
"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." —at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002
"We spent a lot of time talking about Africa, as we should. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease." —Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001
"You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.'' —Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

"I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving. I rarely read the stories, and get briefed by people who are probably read the news themselves." —Washington, D.C., Sept. 21, 2003
The war on terror involves Saddam Hussein because of the nature of Saddam Hussein, the history of Saddam Hussein, and his willingness to terrorize himself." —Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 29, 2003
It shows either he is not a reader or in his formal years he did not visit Libraries where he could have improved his literacy or embarassed himself less. I don't think Bush is stupid he was a spoiled rich kid fed with a golden spoon thanks to his daddy. Who else can sound so ignorant and to boot graduated from two Ivy League Schools: Yale and Harvard.

Posted by: ere591 | June 3, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

"I can't wait to flush you repuglitarded teabagger terrorists down the toliet of history" oh there we go, you guys have made one of them mad now......I guess the whole thread is going to go to hell in a hand basket now!!!!!!!

Posted by: NationUnited | June 3, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Dont those poor kids have access to books at public libraries where most go unread in the inner cities unless an asian kids bike has a flat tire and he polishes off a couple while waiting for bike repair. City libraries have more homeless seeking shelter than avid young readers. The iniative was another govt grift attempt to line the pockets of publishers to print books to prop open windows on a warm day in the hood.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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"Bush’s wife Laura is a librarian."

So what? No one says SHE'S stupid. Bush is. He's damn near retarded.

--faye kane, homeless idiot savant
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | June 3, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

What Paul McCartney said wasn't a cheap shot. It was heartening to hear someone whom I respect speak truth to power at the right time and place for a change.

The great. wide world and Fortress Beltway haven't much in common ... Bush couldn't have survived on his own, this pampered little criminal would be fortunate to be employed as a bell boy without his unctuous daddy's connections.

He is responsible for hundreds upon thousands of people having brutally lost their lives because of his lies and then ....... to see Bush snickering, waving and wiping his hands on defenseless people is beyond endurance ... Bush and Cheney should be, along with Tony Blair, in cells in The Hague.
Only in Neo-Con, rightwing D.C. are the likes of George W. Bush held in any regard at all.

Posted by: mimosa1 | June 3, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Bush was the worst president in the history of the U.S. He and Cheney fooled and manipulated the electorate into voting for them. Too bad the Dems did not have a heavy weight to run against them. Just remember My Pet Goat, many years of an unnecessary war in Iraq when they did not attack us, missing the chance to kill Binladen, not reading or paying attention to his briefings, Katrina, Brownie,etc. Those were the days of infamy!!!

Posted by: bradking | June 3, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse


At least Obama didn't get up and make a speech. People have to endure this buffoon’s speeches several times per week. He’s the most asinine, crass, and fraudulent President this country has ever known, and an absolute embarrassment to America.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 3, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

"Notice how there is no respect for Obama and he's intelligent but yes it's because of his race"....come on man, the race card? Seriously? Really, the race card thing is just about played out by now...wouldn't you agree? I mean I'm not going to say that there aren't racist still out there...that statement would be as dumb as Bush. But...people are criticizing Obama not because of his race....they're genuinely concerned about the state in which our country will be left in when he's out of office. At least that is my concern. I had really high hopes for Obama when he was elected ( I didn't vote for him though), but unfortunately, he has done nothing beneficial for us yet.

Posted by: NationUnited | June 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I like nascar. Does that make me a RACE-ist?

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

President Bush spent 8+ years (including campaigning) butchering the English language, so putting money towards libraries doesn't mean he ever entered one. Don't credit the former president for something for which the former first lady may be responsible.

Posted by: DanielNoble | June 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

It is rude. But Bush did get a bunch of people killed for no reason and completely screwed up the country. So, you know.

Posted by: mack1 | June 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

The wash post reporter is not a republican racist as you have suggested. I was in attendance at last weeks meeting and Lane was nowhere in sight. There were a couple of empty seats however but I just assumed that Rand and Ron Paul were stuck in traffic.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I always thought McCartney was a decent sort of guy. I wonder if he won't some day look back on that comment and think: "Wow, I really blew it making such a nasty remark. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it's not a good idea to try to make people think you're clever by denigrating others. It always backfires."

One of the reasons that it was stupid and backfired is that it is wrong, as others have pointed out. Bush has always adopted the "aw-shucks" persona, but those who have studied him know he's really a voracious reader.

It is also interesting that so many here deride him as a war criminal, when their Dear Leader has been much more aggressive in Afghanistan and in dropping Drone missiles on people in Afghanistan in Pakistan. When should Obama be prosecuted for war crimes? Before or after he leaves office?

Posted by: dakotadoug83 | June 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is just another leftist hypocrite, although it is fairly amusing for a high school dropout like McCartney to attack the president regarding an educational issue.

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | June 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Bush is stupid or unread. I do, however, think he was a light-weight, right-winger, with very little experience, training, confidence and gravitas in the areas of national security and foreign policy. Unlike his much more accomplished father (biological, not Higher), He was easily manipulated from start to finish by Karl Rove, Dick Cheney, David Addington and the whole cabal of neoconservatives into attacking our Constitution and the rule of law, lying us into an unjustified war of aggression and using the national emergency caused by 9/11 not to unify the country, but to excite his right-wing base for political gain and to push a right-wing agenda. On the whole, it's much simpler to make a joke about his alleged lack of literacy.

Posted by: ejs2 | June 3, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe McCartney is accurate, but rude. But let's not forget Tony Blair. Perhaps if England had said no to Bush and Cheney and shown some backbone, Iraq would have never occurred in the first place.

Both countries have blood on their hands.

Posted by: wesatch | June 3, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me, Bush may know what a library is, for surer his wife told him, but as he said repeatedly he does not read. So he may know what it is, but has no clue what for.

Posted by: aattallah | June 3, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Okay who here is concerned about Lady Gaga and her health? Hmm...show of hands please.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@WhateverHeSaid
Saying that Bush is an irresponsible spender is the Pot calling the Kettle black. Also the Dems have had control of congress since 2007. A year later the economy went into the toilet. Coincidence?

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Typical goober ignorance.

The Democrats took control of Congress in the third week of January, 2007.

The economy officially entered recession in the third quarter of 2007.

In the intervening six months, Bush had vetoed the Democrats' one and only spending bill between their taking office and America entering recession.

It was the first spending bill Bush had vetoed in his two terms in office.

This recession (the worst since the Great Depression) is entirely the responsibility of Bush and the spendthrift Republicans.

Any doubts can be resolved by reading Pat Buchanan's 'Metrics of National Decline' (http://townhall.com/columnists/PatBuchanan/2009/02/17/metrics_of_national_decline) and Joseph Stiglitz's 'The $10 Trillion Hangover - Paying the Price for Eight Years of Bush' (http://kelsocartography.com/blog/?p=1320)

Posted by: WhateverHeSaid | June 3, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Spendthrift republicans?? If they were they wouldnt be getting bounced by tea party. Get straight weve had two options for 25 years now, tax and spend democrats and borrow and spend republicans. Thats all there is to it and therefore there no longer is a counter balance. Overthrow is athand.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse


Investing in the literacy of others is one thing. Acting, or leading, as if one is literate, and capable of independant thought, is something else.

Can't wait to hear what Sir Paul has to say about Cheney. . .

Posted by: kenhyde | June 3, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

I guess it was a bit of a shock to realize the tea party isn’t catching on globally. From beyond our shores it looks even more like something that spilled out of a clown car.

And The President had left the room before Sir George shared.

Posted by: Cognomen08 | June 3, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@Sante Fe - considering the leftist cesspool you are living in, it is not surprising to see your moronic comments. Why don't you move up the road to Los alamos and talk your communist trash? Why do you think everyone else in the state calls your town Santa-flush?

Posted by: madmike272 | June 3, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Sir George?? Who are you ? Larry King?

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh brother... back again after yet another humiliating banishment? Sad...

Posted by: kirnosnorbin | June 3, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

to hell with Paul, he was always the selfish pretty boy anyway, John was the one with the brains.

Posted by: jhr1 | June 3, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess it was a bit of a shock to realize the tea party isn’t catching on globally. From beyond our shores it looks even more like something that spilled out of a clown car.
And The President had left the room before Sir Paul shared.

Posted by: Cognomen08 | June 3, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for correction Larry,..oh by the way youre wife has slept with every poolcleaner in beverly hills.

Posted by: mularx | June 3, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

After 8 years of endless Bush stupidity, Lane can't understand why people think he's a complete idiot?
Now they think the same about you, Mr. Lane.

Posted by: pierrejc2 | June 3, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Sir George?? Who are you ? Larry King?
Posted by: mularx
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thank you for making your first remark of earned mockery amusing. As for the second…

Posted by: Cognomen08 | June 3, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

"Ok...one more....yes you're right...Clinton's carelessness brought on an attack on 9/11 that had been in the planning for years of his administration. Terrorists thought Bush would be a pushover too........but they found out differently didn't they."

Well, Ok, why don't we go to the SuperMax in Denver and ask Osama if he thinks Bush was a pushover? Oh wait, guess that mission was accomplished, too.

Heckuva job, Bushie.

As for Paul's comments, they are indeed crass, but considering that the U.K. is home to the House of Commons and other forms of over the top socio-political amusement, I'm not surprised he'd make comments like this.

One thing's for sure, both sides are too thin-skinned, and both parties are way too fractious to achieve momentum, so we'll be in a holding pattern until someone gets their house in order, and I don't think it'll be the tea party, seems they've already been hijacked by Palin and crew, meaning that folks like Rove are probably involved to prepare to mount another power grab, and Palin's just like W, perfect for schemers like Rove and Cheney.

Posted by: edeast | June 3, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh baloney. George W. Bush could barely speak English, just like his father, and for that matter, Sarah Palin and Dan Quayle. The GOP has been pushing these anti-intellectual dolts at us for years, and are now all in a snit because McCartney has pointed out the obvious. Bush was by far the dumbest and least principled President this country has ever had. We're going to be paying for his crimes and stupidity for a very long time. And you're going to pick on Paul for daring to criticize the great man? Boy, are you deluded.

Posted by: rbmurals | June 3, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Leftist are all the same -- disgusting, pathetic and filthy pigs. May every single one of them burn in hell, starting with the swine in the WH. The crap this country is enduring with these incompetents at the helm, and they have the audacity to pick on Bush. Shame on them.

Posted by: DCer1 | June 3, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Is Lane as dumb as Bush? Charlie, Paul didn't mean library literally; he meant to indicate Bush has spent little time in his life studying and making use of the wealth of information in libraries, which is all too true. And please, Charlie, no recitation of Yale's and Harvard's Hall of Shame moments when awarding that highly undereducated legacy case official degrees. Bush is dumb, an ignorant man made horrible by the arrogance added to the mix. From his dark arrogant dumbness, Bush W. authored one of America's darker chapters. Please don't tell me you plan to try to make him smart through historical reconstruction, as so many foolish Republicans have futiley tried to do with dim-bulb Reagan, another Republican Bozo.

Posted by: jim32 | June 3, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

What an absurd comment. Does Lane do anything else than natter on about the GOP's latest "line" on Obama and carry water for the GOP's lesser lights?

Posted by: thmas | June 3, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Bush over the pig in the WH any day. At least Bush was a man with cojones. What we've got now is an incompetent manchild who has no business running anything, much less this glorious and wonderful nation.

2012 cannot come soon enough.

Posted by: DCer1 | June 3, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

to all of those who post that Bush should be hung or in prison, its too bad that you were not aborted by your dumb, whorish mothers. you are a waste of human flesh, a subhuman plague on us all and the world would be a better place if you had commited suicide long ago.

Posted by: jleibund1 | June 3, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

The party sounded amazing. Finally the president had some great fun after all the grief he catches as tries to dig us all out of the hole we’re.

Posted by: Cognomen08 | June 3, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

to all of those who post that Bush should be hung or in prison, its too bad that you were not aborted by your dumb, whorish mothers. you are a waste of human flesh, a subhuman plague on us all and the world would be a better place if you had committed suicide long ago.

Posted by: jleibund1 | June 3, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

in.

Posted by: Cognomen08 | June 3, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

DCer1: Does your mother know she raised a nutless piece of garbage?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 3, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush was not the worst president. As incompetent as he was, losers like Pierce, Buchanan, Harding, and Hoover were worse.

So take pride, Bushtards!

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 3, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

#203 of 204: William Hale (hinging0) Thu 03 Jun 2010 (08:20 PM)

"It's great to have a president who knows what a library is,"

========NH:
So, does that make the joke, "It's great to halve a president. Who
knows what a library is?"
Or, "It's great to halve. A. President. Who knows what a library is?"
Or, could the joke be, "'Is' equals 'equals',"?
Or, could it be unconscious humor working it's way through a conscious
rejection of whom thinks who must "play it cool" as a "Bronc'in
teenage buck with a pink car nation and a pick up truck..." while
keeping the library stuff on the back burner as a corsage to the Mrs.?

Or could it be a gesture in the direction of "Madam Librarian" of "The
Music Man"? Or, could it be a rebuttal of "My Fair Lady"?

Or could it have been an intentional foul to bring out the defenders
of the other side of the aisle?

Like song writing, it can take a few considerations, and
reconsiderations to perfect a thought.

Being constant in prayer helps us get the perfect response the first
time who has noticed. Who owes too many prayers here. Still haven't
found any of the three prayer rugs yet. They must be ina box in the
hall, God willing who hopes.

So, you get credit for bringing attention to the root of the reason
why you were on stage at the White House, Sir Paul, and for that you
get some credit. Now perhaps it's a matter of perfecting the line.

xref: Dewy Decimal system, and some kind of Tommy Album with a them
about the information highway and the "Global Electronic Library"
(GEL); xref: 1982 conversations with Mom re: "Writing wing, er, wind,
windows" and what else?


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#204 of 204: William Hale (hinging0) Thu 03 Jun 2010 (08:25 PM)

PORT-AU-PRINCE JOURNAL
The Rhapsody of Port-au-Prince’s Streets
By DAMIEN CAVE
Nobody messes with the traffic cop Levy Azor, better known as Du Du,
in Haiti’s earthquake

Posted by: randomsample | June 3, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know who Charles Lane is, but if this is what he thinks is big news, he's an even bigger dope than Bush.

Posted by: Skeptic21 | June 3, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

I agree, mryett. I wouldn't piss on George Bush if he was on fire.

Posted by: douglassforgan | June 3, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Does ANYONE in Britain or even in the United States have any respect for a guy who would brag about getting away with waterboarding, which has ALWAYS been anathema?? He's about like the spoiled little rich Dutch boy who thinks he can get away with murder just because he CAN!! Bush is no different from him at all!! Waterboarding is a cowardly act, BENEATH our country and definitely BENEATH the office of the President of the United States of America!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 3, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney showed that you can take the man out of Liverpool but you can't take the Liverpool out of the man. The American left wing actors have even fouler mouths on them using the F word directed at Bush also. I won't buy a ticket to see them in a movie.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | June 3, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Please, Mr. Lane, lighten up, his remark was only an attempt at a joke. Considering the disastrous legacy and infamous deeds of the Bush-Cheney regime, McCartney's lame humor was benign or at least innocuous.

I am sure Al Franken, Keith Oberman, as well as many others could have funnier and stronger in their rebuke of Obama's immediate predecessor.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 3, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree, mryett. I wouldn't piss on George Bush if he was on fire.

Posted by: douglassforgan

Spoken like a true PO S liberal. I'm sure bin Laden would agree with you.

"IMAGINE NO LIBERALS!

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 3, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

Well, you got your penny's worth in Mr. Lane; lighten up. You'd think that you were still living at home with your mom, the librarian.

Posted by: frodo2you | June 3, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

“After the last eight years,” McCartney quipped, “it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.” The audience erupted in laughter.

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It's a very TRUE statement or nobody would've known WHAT he was referring to! "The audience erupted in laughter!" Bush admitted he rarely read anything! Palin's another chip off that same block. But, people who don't read, never even have to TELL anybody! The fact of that ignorant void is evident every time they open their mouths!

Posted by: Maerzie | June 4, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I just wonder why the president is entertaining himself and his buddies at the WH and so many people have their livelihood at stake in the gulf coast.

Posted by: chemanzo | June 4, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

I think it was pretty funny and sadly accurate description of Ws abilities. I would have been so embarrassed had I ever voted for that simpleton.

Posted by: cirrus_nine | June 4, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

I think it was pretty funny and sadly accurate description of Ws abilities. I would have been so embarrassed had I ever voted for that simpleton.

Posted by: cirrus_nine

So you know how to fly a jet fighter, and have graduated from Harvard Business school, eh? Yet you are proud to have voted for someone who won't release his grades or papers from college, thinks we have 57 states, can't pronounce "corpsman" correctly, spent 20 years with Reverend Wright yet didn't know he was a racist, worked for ACORN yet didn't know they were federally funded, spends 4 months of dithering on Afghanistan and 6 weeks of dithering on the oii spill before he declares "Plug that hole"! It's too bad idiots like yourself are allowed to vote in the first place.

Imagine...no liberals.

Posted by: cschotta1 | June 4, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps Sir Paul understandably doubts W's literacy after hearing him make hash of so many words over the years (e.g. "nukular").

Posted by: BamBamRubble | June 4, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I think John Lennon was right. The only thing good McCartney did was Yesterday.

Posted by: Margbill | June 4, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

all the libs have decided to push a smoke screen to cover the fact that the not so "great one" is failing miserably! It's a shame that McCartney, with no sense of decorum, decided to make this statement while a guest in our nation's capitol. I guess the rude comments made by the current occupant of the White House about President Bush have given the impression that it's ok to be and insulting and obnoxious! His time will come. Jon Stewart has already turned on him and others will also...so laugh it up you idiots. As for Obama.. he's an extremely partisan President ....so much for the idea of bringing the country together and having a transparent administration!

Posted by: blueclearsky | June 4, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I saw Paul live in concert in the 90’s. He can motivate and inspire a massive crowd to the highest level of positive energy possible. Very sad he chose to use his influence this way in our White House at a celebration in his honor.


Posted by: RonMangasSr | June 4, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

President Bush reads a lot & Paul McCartney has just lost a fan. I want to thank you for this article. I couldn't find a way to send him a letter so I will vent here. If he thinks that kind of venom makes him cute he is sadly mistaken. Bono, also, made a nasty comment about Bush when he was over in Africa with Bush, who has done more for the Africans then anyone else in supplying them with medicines, food, & other things especially the medicine for aides. Bono gets back & then starts putting Bush down. I guess the two of them think they are so cool they can say anything about our ex President & we just go along with it. Well, I am sure the crowd last night went along with it but they are not the true American people that bought their albums back in the day. As far as I am concerned they can move back to the UK & Ireland & just kiss my big toe. When you insult America by insulting our previous President that we liked well enough to keep in office 8 years. This welfare socialist that is trying to destroy America & just wasted a lot more money on a party that we could have used to pay back some of the money we have borrowed & he has spent on things non-necessities (like parties & liquor & food) but we Americans that don't have jobs can be grateful you can let your President & Congress & Senate party down! Paul McCartney I expected you to be a nicer guy but you are just a stuck up entertainer.

Posted by: egw7777 | June 4, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

President Bush reads a lot & Paul McCartney has just lost a fan. I want to thank you for this article. I couldn't find a way to send him a letter so I will vent here. If he thinks that kind of venom makes him cute he is sadly mistaken. Bono, also, made a nasty comment about Bush when he was over in Africa with Bush, who has done more for the Africans then anyone else in supplying them with medicines, food, & other things especially the medicine for aides. Bono gets back & then starts putting Bush down. I guess the two of them think they are so cool they can say anything about our ex President & we just go along with it. Well, I am sure the crowd last night went along with it but they are not the true American people that bought their albums back in the day. As far as I am concerned they can move back to the UK & Ireland & just kiss my big toe. When you insult America by insulting our previous President that we liked well enough to keep in office 8 years. This welfare socialist that is trying to destroy America & just wasted a lot more money on a party that we could have used to pay back some of the money we have borrowed & he has spent on things non-necessities (like parties & liquor & food) but we Americans that don't have jobs can be grateful you can let your President & Congress & Senate party down! Paul McCartney I expected you to be a nicer guy but you are just a stuck up entertainer.

Posted by: egw7777 | June 4, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Knowing him, I'm sure it was quite expensive.

Posted by: daphne5 | June 4, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Relax. Just like you and me, Paul should be able to speak his mind.
Look "What You're Doing"by repeating it.
"Listen to What the Man Said" but remember, they are only "Words of Love".
"With a Little Luck", "We Can Work it Out".
And your bringing it up is sooooo "Yesterday".

Posted by: realtordn | June 4, 2010 1:43 AM | Report abuse

Good grief look at this newspaper. This opinion section today has two right wing columnists lecturing Barack Obama about having "failed" in the Middle East, Charles Krauthamer of FOX News (which is beyond right wing)defending the Israelis assault that's been universally condemned outside of the pro-Israel US, and Charles Lane defending George W Bush against charges that he wasn't much of an intellectual.

I don't think even George W Bush would argue against this particular characterization of him by the way, he seemed much more proud of being tough and using folksy sayings than bothering to pretend to be a thinker.

But here in the Washington Post, it's become all right, all conservative, all the time.

What a crying shame.

Posted by: BillEPilgrim | June 4, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

I appreciated Bush as President. Maybe he didn't please everyone but look at 2-faced Congress he had to deal with (Pelosi, Reid, Boxer..... ).Who could get anything accomplished with those Anti-American pieces of garbage. I think history will show him to be a very good President. Sure wish he was President now. I'd feel a lot safer.

Obama will go down in history as the worst President ever. When will you morons finally get off the Obama kiss-ass train and realize
you screwed up by electing him. This President is BAD? Really BAD!!! God help us all!

Posted by: ghostly | June 4, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

Paul is nothing but an overpaid, outdated minstrel. Who cares what he thinks? He an Idiot. Anyone that appreciates his opinion is also an Idiot.

Posted by: ghostly | June 4, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

Lest we forget, presidents can not declare war, only Congress. In the end, it may be remembered as Bush's war, but we Americans at the time, 80% supported the war along with most members of Congress. To hang Bush would be to hang all of us.

Posted by: ErosZoti | June 4, 2010 3:10 AM | Report abuse

By the way, the Beatles music is nothing more than simple elevator music!

Posted by: ghostly | June 4, 2010 3:10 AM | Report abuse

Lane: "We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all."

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Really?

So what about the republicans when they say "Those darn llllllllliberals", or when they call Obama "marxist", "Hitler", "Muslim", "Terrorist", etc??

Posted by: Supertzar | June 4, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Lane: "We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all."

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Really?

So what about the republicans when they say "Those darn llllllllliberals", or when they call Obama "marxist", "Hitler", "Muslim", "Terrorist", etc??

Posted by: Supertzar | June 4, 2010 3:56 AM | Report abuse

Lane: "We all know the first rule of polite society: If you can’t think of something nice to say about someone, don’t say anything at all."

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Really?

So what about the republicans when they say "Those darn llllllllliberals", or when they call Obama "marxist", "Hitler", "Muslim", "Terrorist", etc??

Posted by: Supertzar | June 4, 2010 3:57 AM | Report abuse

ooops! Triple post...

Posted by: Supertzar | June 4, 2010 3:59 AM | Report abuse

Lane: "There are many things of which Bush may be fairly accused. It would be boring to list them all."

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Not at all!

Please, Lane, could you just list a few?

Posted by: Supertzar | June 4, 2010 4:25 AM | Report abuse

Great to see Paul still bucking conservative political correctness after all these years.

In that genteel and tasteful way of his, of course, and not the screechy, obnoxious manner in which Sarah Barracuda would handle a similar opportunity to express her opinion.

How could anyone dispute the obvious: the President who "doesn't do nuance," or who would be "misunderestimated," or any of thousands of continual demonstrations of lack of intellectual curiosity, disinterest in mental pursuits, lack of erudition, and preference for what he'd decided was true over what facts indicated, wasn't exactly the kind of person you'd expect to find hanging out at a library?

What kind of partisan hack do you have to be to think otherwise? And how biased do you have to be not to wonder today how high a price we are paying RIGHT NOW for the debt his "mentality" incurred then?

Posted by: CuckooRaja | June 4, 2010 4:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lane,

I think you're the moron here. Paul McCartney's comment has nothing to do with who worked at a library. The joke is aimed at Bush's lack of intelligence. "The internets", Nucular, shall I go on...?

Bush is an idiot, always has been and always will be. I wish people would stop blindly defending someone just because of their political affiliation.

Posted by: across110th | June 4, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

koolkat_1960:

No, but your mother does.

Posted by: DCer1 | June 4, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the author of this article...if you can't say something nice....

Paul McCartney is one of those people who must think that his opinion matters. It doesn't.

Opinions are like a**holes...everybody has one. Paul McCartney acted like one.

Posted by: mhlcl | June 4, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul's comment is right on the mark. The problem is the Bush administration's cheap shot against this country: bankrupting the treasury, deregulation of toxic industries, tax cuts for the rich, wars to enrich Halliburton, torture, etc. And now their lapdogs are getting thin-skinned. Just imagine (!) what John Lennon would have said!

Posted by: Glassyeyes | June 4, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

George W Bush could quite possibly go down as the worst President in American History--only time will tell. However, this does not diminish the fact that McCartney's smug comment was totally inappropriate. Assessments of a statesman's performance should be based on measured, thoughtful analysis--not impetuous shots from the hip. Unfortunately for the country, the latter has tended to prevail more often than not in the current political climate.

Posted by: Cooper5 | June 4, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

George W Bush could quite possibly go down as the worst President in American History--only time will tell. However, this does not diminish the fact that McCartney's smug comment was totally inappropriate. Assessments of a statesman's performance should be based on measured, thoughtful analysis--not impetuous shots from the hip. Unfortunately for the country, the latter has tended to prevail more often than not in the current political climate.

Posted by: Cooper5 | June 4, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

George W Bush could quite possibly go down as the worst President in American History--only time will tell. However, this does not diminish the fact that McCartney's smug comment was totally inappropriate. Assessments of a statesman's performance should be based on measured, thoughtful analysis--not impetuous shots from the hip. Unfortunately for the country, the latter has tended to prevail more often than not in the current political climate.

Posted by: Cooper5 | June 4, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

The only time people can't laugh off a joke is when hits home. But more importantly, the Republicans most common debate tactic is not to address an issue but to provide a stretched out version of "you can't say that". Remember how Clinton was wrong, but not for what he said, but because he said it in England. How many times in the last election was debate stifled by feigning offense. Its "not polite" is just a lame variation of you can't say that. First Amendment dude!

Lets hear Mr. Lane expound on the issues: Does he think GWB reads books? Does he support increasing the deficit by throwing over $100 million at library staffs?

Posted by: ls11231 | June 4, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

McCartney is an egotistical brown noser from way back. That's why John, George, and Ringo could not stand him.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 4, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Bush-Cheney's illegitimate gangster administration deserves all the abuse anyone can throw at it and more. McCartney was echoing the still-simmering worldwide anger at Bush, the most hated world leader since Hitler. His wars killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and often took on the character of a Christian crusade against Muslims. Complain about Obama's response to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico but the spill is a direct result of Cheney's national energy policy, cooked up in secret by oil company executives. I think Paul was also flipping the bird to conservative boomers who will talk about what a fine musician he is but reject the Beatles' philosophy of love in favor of bigotry and fearful greed.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | June 4, 2010 7:42 AM | Report abuse

That moron w is a hateful dunce who ruined this country. Now we are left with catastrophe in its wake (i.e. the wake of that moron w). McCartney is right. The idiot is still an embarassment to the human race who should be in jail. He can take the killer Laura with it.

Posted by: davidsawh | June 4, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

That giant sucking sound is the Obama Presidency or what is left of it. Paul Mc, being the guy that he is, will desert Obama when it is opportune to do so.

Posted by: hz9604 | June 4, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Lane, does George W. fall over you when he takes a step back?

Posted by: rav4gottogo | June 4, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Really!?!?? The right has called Obama everything from a Nazi to a child molester and now they're irate because a pop singer pointed out Bush's obvious illiteracy? Gimme a break!

Posted by: ChrisMacy | June 4, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I sense nervous laughter from the left. We are witnessing socialism implode all over the world. They have finally ran out of other peoples money. ;0)

Posted by: Kansasgirl | June 4, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be, There's a shadow hanging over me,
Oh, yesterday came suddenly." What a STUPID and NASTY comment for McCartney to make, considering the honor bestowed upon him and the setting he was in. For such a class act through all these years, there was no class in the comment he made. He should apologize to President Bush and to former First Lady Laura Bush.

Posted by: mpwynn | June 4, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

McCartney, formerly my favorite Beatle, is proof positive that a knight isn't necessarily a gentleman.

Posted by: billholt | June 4, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

You'd think Obama would tell Paul, "hey, let's take this gig to Louisiana and give the folks a break from the oil spill stress for a few hours."

It would never occur to this self-absorbed president. I doubt if Obama thinks McCartney is someone who has made enough money--only hedge fund managers do that.

Posted by: liz953 | June 4, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Good job, Charles. I'm tired of the same old dichotomy: Republicans are dumb, Democrats smart and enlightened, I'm-a-celebrity-so-I-have-to-demonstrate-my-political-savvy-by-bashing-a-conservative. It's a tired cliche by now. I'm no staunch Republican and I agreed with Bush on some things, disagreed on others. Likewise with President Obama--and I have to say, if I remember correctly, I heard Mr. Obama once say "nucular."

Posted by: ddagata | June 4, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

It's still entertaining to watch the liberal fever swamps wail, gnash their teeth, and lose any remaining vestige of sanity at the mere mention of the "war criminal" George W. Bush and his sidekick, the spawned-from-hell Dick Cheney.

Such hate! Such loathing! Such - class!

Folks, if you think you've already seen the worst, you ain't seen nothing yet! Just watch!

Posted by: HardRight | June 4, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Why does anyone give a s**t what Paul McCartney, or any other singer or movie/tv star has to say about anything?

Posted by: mel-wagner | June 4, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Heather Mills has more class than Sir Paul.

Posted by: HardRight | June 4, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Bush have annual reading competitions with Karl Rove? I think Rove fared better than Bush did in them. But I remember the Prez reading about 100 books annually.

It's certainly more than I read. I bet it's more than Sir Paul reads, too.

Posted by: ContrarianLibertarian | June 4, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Paul Mc Cartney is just another stupid performer - knows nothing but gets a forum to say whatever he wants. Sing and shut up, Paul. Ha, wonder how many books that guy has read....

Posted by: petka | June 4, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul, who could have had virtually any woman he wanted, decides to marry a one-legged gold-digger who then proceeds to take him for over $50 million dollars. And you call Bush a dummy ?

Posted by: ipdsales | June 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Both President and Mrs Bush are well read so the stupid crack by McCartney just shows his ignorance of facts.

Did McCartney ever graduate from high school?

Posted by: mlemac | June 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul, who could have had virtually any woman he wanted, decides to marry a one-legged, marginal looking gold-digger who then proceeds to take him for $50 million.
And he calls Bush a dummy ?

Posted by: ipdsales | June 4, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

No one is a bigger McCartney and Beatles fan than me ... however, this comment was beneath Paul. It takes no wit or courage to criticize George W. Bush in front of bunch of adoring media, entertainment types and Democrats.

Posted by: lionel_3102 | June 4, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Paul McCartney???..This old man has about as much credibility as Robert Gibbs. Which is to say less than zero. Liberals in general really don't know how the real world works. They are pansies, fairies and worhtless clowns. Paul McCartney can take a hike. He isn't half the man of honor George W. Bush is. Thank God that bloated loser Al Gore did not occupy the White House in 2000 and Thank GOD that turncoat Lerch Kerry got trounced in 2004. As for 2008, let's just say it was One Big A*s Mistake America. We REAL Americans don't need crap from the dregs like McCartney. He is a fool just like all the other liberals around the world.

Posted by: lassie425 | June 4, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

From all the vicious comments I read here, it's clear they adore Sir Paul and hope W burns in Hell. What does that say about us when some foreigner demonizes our past president and morons cheer? Again Obama is showing how unclassy he really is.

BTW, I guess McCartney never heard of a pre-nup, huh, or didn't bother to read it. Dumb idea and he deserved it.

Posted by: gwalter1 | June 4, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Kurthunt should be reported to the Secret Service for advocating the hanging of President Bush. Please make the same comment about obama and see what happens.

Posted by: licavolisr | June 4, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Mr Lane --

You disappoint me. In the first place, Mr McCartney and his group before were nothing if not noted for there critical eye for business and politics as usual. It was perfectly his place and role, therefore, to note that there is a different approach to learning and appreciation for literature and history than in the previous administration. You, I think, are out of place declaring that the acceptance of an award is an inappropriate venue to remark that change.

Furthermore, the fact that a person is a librarian merely defines a career choice. I won't argue one way or another on the former First Lady's passion for libraries, but there was no instance during 8 years of his presidency that convinced me that Pres. Bush had an iota of understanding of history or its relevance to our times. He may have had convictions, but they were unlinked from their historical connections and from future consequences. Or worse, if he did indeed know their connections, he ignored for his own intentions the greater ramifications.

Supporting training for librarians or even their expanding the country's library infrastructure is not the equivalent of knowing how to (and being self-inspired to) use advantageously a library - which was the inferred point of Mr McCartney's comment. You are supposed to be applying some kind of analytical filter to your commentary, but the above essay seems completely devoid of such thought.

Posted by: Jazzman7 | June 4, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Well, he always was the "cute" one; nobody ever accused him of being smart.

I'm no fan of Shrub, myself, but it was pretty tasteless. Maybe at his next public appearance, he should say something about "Laura not being perfect, but at least she has two legs."

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | June 4, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Paul McCartny, by his boorish remark has shown what a SHALLOW, IGNORANT, LIBERAL he is. I'm not a big fan of George W., but who is he to make such a stupid remark about an ex-United States President? Maybe he should go back to the country that supports an ELITE ROYAL CLASS with HIGH CLASS WELFARE. AT LEAST WE'RE NOT STUCK WITH OUR ELITE FOR A LIFETIME.

Posted by: barrysal | June 4, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul should have sung the Beatles classic, ``No Where Man'' at the White House and dedicated it to Obama, the empty suit, so far over=his-head he's close to invisible president. Obama, the ``No Where President,'' committed Marxist, Muslim ideologue who thought he could cram his crap down the butt of a right-of-center America. Come 2014, Obama will be ``No Where'' to be seen.

Posted by: hedgehog1 | June 4, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Charles Lane is an ignoramous. He feigns outrage over the fact that a musical genius makes a negative comment about the worst president in the history of the United States of America. What he should consider "inappropriate" is bush, and his cronies' decimation of the U.S. economony. His gutting of the bill of rights, and his use of lies and misinformation to attack a nation (Iraq) that had nothing to do with the attack upon the U.S. bush and you (Mr. Lane) are morons.

Posted by: talis4 | June 4, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

So a rich socialist from Britain praises a rich socialist from Chicago...what would you expect. I suggest that ICE pick him up and deport him back to his comfy little hut in England.

Posted by: staterighter | June 4, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama knows what a library is? Why is this? We don't know his grades from Columbia or Harvard. He sounds like a stammering fool when he speaks without a teleprompter. And his foreign and domestic policies have been a tragic joke. We are on the verge of a double-dip recession, and the world's thugs, smelling weakness, are becoming more aggressive.

History has already vindicated Bush. Obama, however, is on track to become the worst president ever.

Liberals are such idiots.

Posted by: johnhiggins1990 | June 4, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Rather than decry such statements as this one by Paul McCartney and similar comments from others, why won't the Republican establishment ask itself why George W. Bush evokes such universally strong and angry sentiments?

Posted by: DaytonOhio | June 4, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Clift Notes for "My Pet Goat"?

Posted by: hoser3 | June 4, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Rather than decry such statements as this one by Paul McCartney and similar comments from others, why won't the Republican establishment ask itself why George W. Bush evokes such universally strong and angry sentiments?

Posted by: DaytonOhio | June 4, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"Leftist are all the same -- disgusting, pathetic and filthy pigs. May every single one of them burn in hell, "

Perhaps we need to work on our people skills, eh?
If you were a little more "leftist" you might be a little less...oh...nutty.
Come out of the bunker, we wont hurt you.

Posted by: dijetlo | June 4, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Any mentally healthy person who heard McCartney's remark knows that it was in bad taste and showed Sir Paul's utter lack of class.

What I find sad is that Paul's toadie behavior, like some many other uninformed celebrity sycophants that worship Obama, is that a sitting POTUS seems to relish in this kind of thing.

And still to this day, some 15 months into his presidency, continues to blame Bush and take cheap shots just like the court jester idiot Sir Paul.

Posted by: sheryl7962 | June 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

LOOKS LIKE NOW WE KNOW WHO THE "FOOL ON THE HILL" REALLY IS.

Posted by: barrysal | June 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Where's your sense of humor, Lane?

Posted by: jckdoors | June 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

There are NO cheap shots at dubya. EVERY one is justly deserved. This man took a surplus and threw it away on tax cuts for the most wealthy, de-regulated everything and encouraged "cowboy economics" which landed us in the current mess, started an illegal war for oil, trashed our Constitution and created more hatred for America in the world than anyone in history. He and his sidekick "Haliburton Cheney" should both be in jail.

Posted by: Pearl77 | June 4, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Oh cry me a river.

Over the course of the last two years I have heard our President called horrible things, without recrimination from Mr. Lane or virtually anone on the right. Yet a joke about something as bushs obvious intelligence deficit and you go into full freak out mode. Please. Call me after you've renounced someone for calling our President a nazi muslim babykilling facist.

Bush deserves much worse, and since jail-time is out of the question, a little verbal ridicule is certainly not out of line.

Posted by: JilliB | June 4, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Any mentally healthy person who heard McCartney's remark knows that it was in bad taste and showed Sir Paul's utter lack of class.

What I find sad is that Paul's toadie behavior, like so many other uninformed celebrity sycophants that worship Obama, is that a sitting POTUS seems to relish in this kind of thing.

And still to this day, some 15 months into his presidency, continues to blame Bush and take cheap shots just like the court jester idiot Sir Paul.

Posted by: sheryl7962 | June 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If one plays Sir Paul's comment in reverse one can hear the phrase, "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president that knows what a library is".

Posted by: hoser3 | June 4, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of whether you like Bush or not, think he was the worst President or not (in my opinion, the only one who even comes close to Jimmy Carter on that score is 0bama, and he hasn't even been in office a year-and-a-half yet), it is low-class for McCartney to try to praise 0bama by insulting his predecessor. Even those who TRULY BELIEVE Bush was the worst have to think about that statement: the only way to praise 0bama is by comparing him to the WORST President?

But those are matters of opinion. Here is a matter of fact: once again, an outsider has come into our house and insulted one of our family members, and our President (as much as we regret it) just stood there and took it. Not only took it, but enjoyed it.

You libs are always complaining, saying that if nothing else we conservatives should respect the office of President, whether we like 0bama or not. Well, it's about time that 0bama show some respect, for the Country, for the men who served prior to him, and for the people he governs.

The man has no class at all.

Posted by: Nick_in_Alexandria | June 4, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul is not even an American. How dare he attend a White House Ceremony, accept an American Award, and then make fun of a former president. Would an American ever go to Buckingham Palace and make fun of the queen. Suir Paul is a real nowhere man!

Posted by: KimNota | June 4, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

To preen is not an attractive trait, particularly when the target of one's derision is a former President of the country that is honoring you.

People like McCartney cannot help themselves. Possibly more disturbing is the reaction of the audience and some posters here.

Posted by: bjb57 | June 4, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The scary part Sir Paul - we sure do miss GW. With each and every passing day this administration continues to prove how clueless they are. Its the economy stupid. From the oil spill, to his quid pro quo for jobs, to his handling of the Arizona law - it's a bad law but I've not read yet..so what if it mirrors the federal law that we ignore...his cap n trade tax - keep it away. The Bush Days are looking more and more like glory days compared to what we now have in office. He is way over his head.

Posted by: short1 | June 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

You might think bush is stupid but he is smarter than Kerry.

Fron: http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/benedetto/2005-06-10-benedetto_x.htm

In fact, Bush's were a tad higher. His four-year average was 77; Kerry's 76. Both were C students. Kerry graduated from Yale in 1966; Bush in 1968.

Posted by: sarah39 | June 4, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

And, of course, Obama won't authorize the release of his school transcripts. Is that because there was a healthy smattering of C's there?

Posted by: bjb57 | June 4, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

McCartney seems to just be a slave to current euro-fashion. Bashing GW Bush would appear to be a prerequisite to euro-coolness. I just returned from visiting my Aunt, who insisted we watch the Eurovision finale. While waiting for votes to be tallied each contestant was given a few seconds face time. One contestant used those precious few seconds to bash Bush. Go figure.

Posted by: natsagain | June 4, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul, preaching to the choir of know-nothing liberals who haunt this site. I'll stoop to their level for a moment: Everyone knows Paul McCartney is the worst pop songwriter ever! He hired a hit man to kill John Lennon! He should be hung!

Posted by: tompinch | June 4, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Love your music Paul,
but after you got taken to the cleaners by your exwife because you did not have the common sense to file a prenup, I do not think you
are in any position to judge anyone else's intelligence. You liberal entertainers are like little children, you say whatever comes out of your silly heads without thinking and then wait for the media to run with it, which will then promote your upcoming tours and albums. How clever! Go back to your socialist enclave in England and enjoy! OH, and when the US is totally owned by China, please come back and visit, only if you can sing Yesterday in Chinese!

Posted by: fairfaxgoper | June 4, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Not very Sir-ish Paul, Shame on you! You were an invited guest to OUR White House and you bash one of our Presidents. It was in very poor taste and I don't care if it's past or present Presidents, shameful.

Posted by: wicket1 | June 4, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Any idea when we'll see a billionaire bass player who knows what a prenup is?

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | June 4, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul,

You have a nickles worth of information to contribute to the thousand dollar conversation that is American politics.

Please return to your music and in the future strive very hard to exercise the prudent restraint of a grateful foreigner made wealthy by American largess.

And so it goes...

Posted by: pgould1 | June 4, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

And let's not forget Elvis Costello, who was also honored with an invitation to the White House this week.
In 2004, at a concert in Boston that I paid good money to attend, Mr. Costello, in a period of "audience banter", made a remark which was a not so thinly-veiled expression of his hope that Vice President Cheney should expire, with all haste.
My money no longer flows to classless artists.

Posted by: nicehousecrappycar | June 4, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

He's a celebrity. Why do we feel compelled to report on celebritie's comments as though they were relevant? The majority of celebrities are lucky, lower intelligence hacks who really have nothing to say of substance. Consider the source the next time one of these people utter a coherent sentence.

Posted by: dennisofletcher | June 4, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Whatever you may think about Bush, at least admit that McCartney was out of line in making his statement at a government-funded White House event. He's free to vent his spleen at concerts, public "cause" appearances and the like, but *not* at non-political venues that are directly funded by federal tax dollars.

Posted by: virtualmonk | June 4, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

He's a celebrity. Why do we feel compelled to report on celebritie's comments as though they were relevant? The majority of celebrities are lucky, lower intelligence hacks who really have nothing to say of substance. Consider the source the next time one of these people utter a coherent sentence.

Posted by: dennisofletcher | June 4, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that Sir Paul has some worthy attributes. Sadly, intelligence ain't one of them. Anyone who gets taken to the cleaners by a peg legged hooker, who the rest of the world easily saw as a gold digger, is dumb as a post. His juvenile comment at the WH, confirms the diagnosis. My guess is that Bush reads more books in a month than sir paul has read in his entire life.

Posted by: hughglass | June 4, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Considering Sir Paul McCartney's very first proclaimed idol was Little Richard I could see President Obama as being a small step up for him. He isn't an American and he doesn't understand our American sensibilities. You can create all the songs and poems in the world but that doesn't mean you have done one thing to benefit your country or your fellow countrymen. Who would you want on your side if the chips were down Obama or a president who protects his own? Put Obama and McCartney in their own protected water globe they belong in where they can chant their songs of love, harmony, along with a generous outpouring of apologies as these two are truly a joke.

Posted by: alyoops | June 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Such ignorance shown by many you knee-jerkers. President Bush was an avid reader. Check out the following Washington Post article. Reading Into Bush's Book List
By Richard Cohen Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Posted by: dougsuper | June 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Sir Paul McCarney quip was rude and boorish. One does not walk into the another country's capital its government at a social event.

As a conservative, I would not dream of going to Great Britain and insulting the Queen, the Royal Family or Tony Blair.

Posted by: historyStudent1 | June 4, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Why not send Neil Diamond to the UK and let him make a crack about how stupid and dysfunctional the entire royal family is. Think about it. Sir Paul lost a fan when he made that remark. No doubt brown-nosing for the award he just received.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 4, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

A cheap, ignorant and illiterate shot from the biggest hypocrite to ever visit the White House! McCartney has done nothing for his home town Liverpool - in fact I would go as far as to say he is the meanest man in the world in view of his extreme wealth. He talks about animals' rights - what about the rights of a human being - Obama advocates partial birth abortion but I guess that doesn't concern McCartney.

When Bush was called upon to stand up on 9/11 he bravely did so and has been ridiculed ever since. God for whatever reason put Bush and Cheney on the world's stage that day and I thank God every day that they were there to glue America and the world back together.

Go home McCartney and give all your money away to the poor, hungry and defenceless and then stand up and criticize a highly principled Christian man like Bush. I am ashamed to say that I was born 30 miles away from McCartney but we are worlds apart on how we see this country. Please don't judge all Brits by his rudeness and ingratitude.

Posted by: marina1 | June 4, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

How sad is it that one of the most creative musical minds of the 20th century must resort to such an unimaginative insult? The Left has used this inaccurate depiction of Bush for a decade.

Posted by: wordkyle | June 4, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

You know, there used to be a time, a more civil time, where Americans, and American politicians, could disagree passionately, even vehemently, but one thing that was never allowed was to let a foreigner come into the country and say anything bad about any president. I was disturbed by the support President Calderon received for his remarks about the Arizona law in our own Capitol, and I am now dismayed that the President did not put his foot down with McCartney.

Think of America as one big family. Arizona is your brother, and you don't much like what your brother is up to, but do you let your neighbor(Calderon) come into your house and talk about what an a-hole your brother is in front of your whole family?

Do you honestly think that Reagan would have let a foreign citizen make jokes at Carter's expense in his presence, or Clinton let the same happen at George H W Bush's expense, or W at Clinton's expense? I challenge anyone to find something like that in our history, not during a campaign, but while they were a sitting president. I don't much like Obama, but even this is beneath him.

Posted by: mathewcarson1975 | June 4, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

The lefties need to revise their talking points just a bit. By continuously saying "the past 8 years" they must keep forgetting that Barry has been president for one and a half of those now. How quickly time flies when you haven't got a clue. So are we to conclude that Barry is included in the joke? I assume his transcripts are just too darn perfect to share with the rest of us.

Posted by: Michelle111 | June 4, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, mathewcarson1975.

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 4, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is difficult to stop Bush-bashing when we are suffering the aftermath of the most destructive presidency in the history of the United States. I'm not going to list the crimes and misdemeanors of the unfortunate Bush/Cheney regime. Bush's wife may have been a librarian but methinks they didn't read the important books. Bush must have completely skipped science and ecology (oh, well, he had tutors to get him through school, didn't he?). And, world history? a complete miss there. Yes, let Paul have his moment to jibe at the idiot president. I would certainly be tempted if I ever had a world stage.

Posted by: seethewest | June 4, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is an idiot and the Democrats are a joke for applauding. It was OK to name call Bush vile things for eight years. That was totally appropriate. As far as I am concerned, the Dem's are dopes and live in some fantasyland. Thanks for setting us up for 2012.

The Democrats will continue to blame others for the huge mess Obama is making and make it appear like they are cleaning up the prior administration's mess. I am sure all the Democratic politicians that have been around for the past thirty years have nothing to do with our problems. It is only the stupid Republican's.

Obama should be the one going to jail along with a great many of the politicians. His lies are blatantly as poor and he is bankrupting the country as a result.

It is time Democrats stopped following their party line and joining together with new Republicans, to fix our mess. Big government is not the answer

Posted by: jwrshaffer | June 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

McCartney takes his cue from Obama himself who has thrown fingers three times during his speeches. Then he laments the nature of discourse in this country. For those of you who do not believe this please Google "Obama gives the finger" and you will be treated to video proof. A rromful of trash at the White House.

Posted by: lavistabb | June 4, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice to hear the right wing reactionaries are no longer fans of McCartney. I won't miss them at his concerts. Their list of acceptable musicians must be small and sad. Have fun at your "Evening With Pat Boone" suckers!

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 4, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Leftcoaster,
You guys don't even need a concert to attend. Just fill up an arena and chant "Cheney sucks" all night. You will be in heaven.

Posted by: bjb57 | June 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

"Do you honestly think that Reagan would have let a foreign citizen make jokes at Carter's expense in his presence, or Clinton let the same happen at George H W Bush's expense, or W at Clinton's expense? I challenge anyone to find something like that in our history, not during a campaign, but while they were a sitting president."
matthewcarson has a pretty, rose-colored glasses memory of good ol' Reagan, doesn't he? I'd rather have open and uncensored comments and dialog then the clandestine secret prison torture school weapons for hostages political environment of some of our previous presidencies. It's a different world matthewcarson. I'm disappointed in Obama for giving us less straight talk, not more. Allowing our "brother" Arizona to commit a crime is not my idea of a healthy family. Even the unibomber's brother turned him in. Yes, oh world leaders, please speak your minds when you come here. Yes, little music icons, tell us where we have gone wrong.

Posted by: seethewest | June 4, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul and his dried up dope smoking self can go back over to bloody old England and see if he can break anothers crippled heart!!!!!!

Posted by: connorb1 | June 4, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul and his dried up dope smoking self can go back over to bloody old England and see if he can break anothers crippled heart!!!!!!

Tommy Pruitt

Posted by: connorb1 | June 4, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul was absolutely correct and anyone who is offended by it is a moron.

Posted by: DrByrthfood | June 4, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

DrByrthfood,
Actually you are the one who is wrong, and probably a moron. I am quite sure that Bush knows what a library is and if you don't think so you are truly living in a fantasyland that must be quite interesting.

Posted by: bjb57 | June 4, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice interview but sorry Paul, the position's already taken. Joe Biden is Obama's court jester.

Posted by: malafry | June 4, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

malafry

Your comment was spot on.

Posted by: alyoops | June 4, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I am a fan no longer. McCartney's extreme lack of class is so visible that it is embarrassing to even look at him. And all of you Bush haters must agree that no matter what you thought of him we are significantly worse off with the hard core liberalism, socialism and incompetent extreme non-transparent Obama. It would take a book of examples to describe the taking down of this country that will take decades to get out of.

Posted by: 4irish4ever | June 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse


chemanzo opineed:
"I wonder why the president is entertaining himself and his buddies at the WH and so many people have their livelihood at stake in the gulf coast."

Obama barbeques in Chicago while Biden visits the Unknown Soldiers tomb. He hangs with Paul McCartney and parties while oil spews. He waited three months to answer the Afgahn Generals's request for troops, nine months to get involved in health care, etc etc. He's a two-bit community organizer, a muslim sympathizer, and the most asinine, crass, and fraudulent President this country has ever known.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

http://www.georgewbushLIBRARY.gov/

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 4, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

From all the vicious comments I read here, it's clear they adore Sir Paul and hope W burns in Hell. What does that say about us when some foreigner demonizes our past president and morons cheer? Again Obama is showing how unclassy he really is.

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Michael Gerson's column has a quote from CS Lewis where he writes that some people take pleasure in hatred and the belittling of others.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who miss the good ol' days:

http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/

Posted by: JakeD2 | June 4, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

did this event take place in one of the 57 united states of america?

Posted by: texasmamma777 | June 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Everyone, EVERYONE, in Congress who voted to go to war against Iraq had the same info that Bush did, so ENOUGH with the 'false pretenses' and 'war crimes' rhetoric. If there was any fragment of evidence, or something other than you political liberal hacks innuendo, Bush and Cheney's feet would surely be to the fire. You guys spew like a vomiting left wing puke machine, and have nothing really to add to this, or any other, poltical forum. People like you are the ruin of this country, and your president, not the previous one.

Posted by: BrianFromTheCape | June 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse


Paul McCartney and Obama (the court jester and the buffoon).
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 4, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Now Lane should go back to the 2000 to 2008 time period and review all the slanderous, arrogant, and misinformed statements that Bush made about his political enemies.

Posted by: maggots | June 3, 2010 10:10 PM

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I would like to see some examples of any slanderous remarks.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 4, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

EVERY program went up by 30% under Bush. His overspending vied with his incompetence to make him a Catastrophe as President. Like Mr Carter with whom he has so much in common, Mr Bush will forever be the butt of jokes and ill will. It comes with being a loser.

Posted by: devluddite | June 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse


bbface21 said:
"I would like to see some examples of any slanderous remarks."

All you'll see is hot air, just like that from his hero Obama.
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Posted by: Billw3 | June 4, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Who's surprised that he felt free to say this? It's exactly the kind of environment our Smart-alec in Chief promotes for someone to play into.

This administration has no class.

Posted by: lljpence | June 4, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

McCartney's comment about GWB was a total disgrace and should have been directed at Barry Boy!! Barack "Barry" Obama is a complete disaster as President and has ruined this country. He has accomplished nothing of substance and should be in jail for treason!!!

Posted by: DonnyC | June 4, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

To those who disparage George W. Bush’s intelligence, why not compare his and the Messiah’s relative performance in college? In both undergrad or grad school, Bush’s grades far exceeded Obama’s. Check their transcripts!

Posted by: billk4 | June 4, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

These are the types of comments that inspire comparisons. You would think that for this reason only, BO would discourage them. It also invites those who really want to know the truth to investigate comparisons.

Posted by: lljpence | June 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

So the guys who have been calling the current President of the United States a communist, socialist, traitor, racist, elitist, corrupt politician, Israel-hater, secret Muslim, Death Panel creator and ineffective arugula-eater are upset because someone joked about the previous President being dumb?

Cry us a river, you silly drama queens. And then build a bridge and get over it.

Posted by: edta | June 4, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

These comments are a good read to what is the liberal thought process.

All this article states was that what McCartney said was ill mannered and ironically nonfactual.

Here are the actual responses:

"Bush should have been hanged for treason"

"Bush should be in prison"

"Bush should be hanged"

"Fascist Bush the War Criminal, Bush the Torture President, Bush the Draft Dodger, Bush the Domestic Spy"

"a war criminal. He and Cheney should both be in prison" (We musn't forget Cheney right?)

"He was a buffoon and Paul McCartney and the rest of the entire world looked down upon the United States as the quentissential jackass for the past 8 years"

(Wouldn't the past 8 years also count Obama's 2009?- someone needs to remind them its not 2008 any more.)

"Dry your eyes and stop defending that idiot GWB. Bush and hellboy, Cheney, should both be in prison right now."

"She's (Laura Bush??) also a murderer. Does that mean the drunkard supports murder. Hmm, oh yeah, he does. In fact, he's committed tens of thousands himself."

"BUSH IS DAMNED LUCKY ALL HE TOOK WAS A VERBAL SHOT. THE SOB OUGHT TO BE HANGED FOR TREASON."

"Too funny. As soon as I learned of this, I knew the racist 'tea party' psychos would be further mentally declining. Congrats to Sir Paul, the other performers, and President Obama."


-Yes because it is only the tea party people who are mentally deficient and full of hate.

So calling for the execution of a former president is what, out of love?


Posted by: barneyfrankstein | June 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

McCartney isn't half the man President Bush is...it's called integrity, fidelity and love of a wife....McCartney isn't worthy of even being in the same room with our former President and is also clueless about our former President: "...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..."
Yup, sorry Paul, the former President has a higher education than you and spent probably 10 times more time in a Library than you....go home...you are not worthy of American presence.

Posted by: powerange | June 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The fading artist sought to belittle the
intelligence of our former president; however, once must question his own intellectual capacity in selecting bimbo
extraordinaire, Heather Mills, for a spouse.

Posted by: scarlettletter | June 4, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I have just purchased the entire beatles catalog and the catalogs of the individual members. They are (were) musical genius'. Not political ones! Would you listen if Mike Tyson said it? Again a writer making money by doing his job- creating strong opinions. Try not to take life so serious. Clearly Paul doesn't.

Posted by: bluecollarbluejeans | June 4, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

It really breaks my heart to learn that McCartney is an ignorant moron. Just like the WH crowd that cheered his stupid joke.

Bush is well known for his very strong reading habits. Rove and Bush had a wager who reads more books over a year.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html
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At year's end, I defeated the president, 110 books to 95. My trophy looks suspiciously like those given out at junior bowling finals. The president lamely insisted he'd lost because he'd been busy as Leader of the Free World.

Mr. Bush's 2006 reading list shows his literary tastes. The nonfiction ran from biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, King Leopold, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, LBJ and Genghis Khan to Andrew Roberts's "A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900," James L. Swanson's "Manhunt," and Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower." Besides eight Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald, Mr. Bush tackled Michael Crichton's "Next," Vince Flynn's "Executive Power," Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact," and Albert Camus's "The Stranger," among others.
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Yeah, of course he does not know where the Libray is. Unlike Obama who does not read books. What for? He writes them. 2 books about himself by the age of 40. Next one will probably come out in Austrian language. Such an intellectual!

Posted by: pihto999 | June 4, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Whiny children, angry that their Messiah is an impostor, bash Bush in retaliation.

Enough, already. Yes, Bush was an idiot, and Obama is a one-term socialist loser. The truth hurts - get over it.

Best comment of the day:

At least Bush has read the book "How Not to Get Taken for $400 million Dollars by a One-Legged Hooker." (pgr88)

now, that's funny. I don't care who you are.

Posted by: duffmeister | June 4, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

"Bush - idiot" are the words of an idiot who does not read anything himself and just repeats the idiocy spewed by MSNBC and the likes

Posted by: pihto999 | June 4, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Once a jackass from Liverpool, always a jackass from Liverpool.

Posted by: dondonsurvelo | June 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Dear Charles Lane,

Let me assist you in "getting it".

Bush was proud of how incurious he was about the world despite going to some of the finest Universities in the world for his education. (Yes - he had an east coast elite education) He was more proud of what a fun guy he was at school and thereafter. All the "facts" you cite about his dedication to libraries are applicable solely to his wife, god bless her for trying to raise him up right, who did love reading and libraries in sharp contrast to her husband.

Bush was/is a supporter of creationism(and supported the teaching in school of this nonscientific pablum)and attacked the use of science to make nationally/internationally important policy decisions. Texas, when he was governor, was one of the prime proponents of classroom ignorance courtesy of books written with politics and religion in mind not science or history.

The people of the world loath Bush and it is not mainly about his disrespect for science education and learning. McCartney's comment was a minor slight compared to how many feel about the international destruction that Bush left in his wake. Bush was lucky more was not said despite the context of the evening.

I hope that helps you understand.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

WATB Republicans. Is there any other kind?

"Obama is a Socialist-Nazi from Kenya!!!" shriek the reich-wingers, every fookin' day.

Point out that we have $12 Trillion of Republican debt, are bogged down in two overseas occupations, and have a busted economy thanks to Dick Cheney and Palin-in-a-Suit?

Boo hoo hoo, it's NO FAIR cry the poor little wingnuts. Too bad, so sad.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 4, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"At year's end, I defeated the president, 110 books to 95."

And at year's end, Bush couldn't answer even simple questions about the contents of the book. He famously mischaracterized "The Stranger" completely. The whole book reading contest looked like a publicity stunt to counter the popular notion that he was incurious. You can't make up for a lifetime of not reading in one year, even if you read (if the claims are to believed) an average of 100+ pages every day.

Posted by: leftcoaster | June 4, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul certainly didn´t show any respect to former President Bush, who was a strong supporter of free speech, democracy,education and family values. Mr. Mc Cartney has always been a money maker and as such his words should be taken. I always prefered Sir Lennon attitudes against wars....but on those times, Mr. Paul remained silent and kept making money....José Mari

Posted by: jmvillaro | June 4, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Sir Paul certainly didn´t show any respect to former President Bush, who was a strong supporter of free speech, democracy,education and family values.
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G.W. Bush was a strong supporter of "free speech zones", spying on Americans without a warrant, torture, lying the country into a disastrous war, corporatism, anti-intellectualism, and freaky hypocrite goopers (Dave Vitter, Larry Craig, the list is endless).

Fixed your typos, jm. No charge.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 4, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be known as the worst one term president ever. You people on here adore him because???? He was a blank slate and you put all your hopes and dreams in him, but he is a nightmare. He is not the Messiah, you realize that now, don't you? He hasn't got a clue on leadership. He ought to take a few days off from his perpetual vacation and do the job he was voted to do. We don't need a celebrity running this country. We need a leader. He cannot keep blaming other people for his shortcomings. He must become a man pronto.

Posted by: cawhel | June 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

For those who think GWB was a dolt, and illiterate, read http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123025595706634689.html

"Mr. Bush's 2006 reading list shows his literary tastes. The nonfiction ran from biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, King Leopold, William Jennings Bryan, Huey Long, LBJ and Genghis Khan to Andrew Roberts's "A History of the English Speaking Peoples Since 1900," James L. Swanson's "Manhunt," and Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower." Besides eight Travis McGee novels by John D. MacDonald, Mr. Bush tackled Michael Crichton's "Next," Vince Flynn's "Executive Power," Stephen Hunter's "Point of Impact," and Albert Camus's "The Stranger," among others."

Posted by: pdcarr2000 | June 4, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

@pdcarr2000: If you think he read those books then you're even stupider than Bush.

Good on you, Macca. Call it like it is.

Posted by: Twisted_Colour | June 5, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Waaaaah waaaaah waaaah goes the Republican hack. Bush is lucky that he wasn't hanged for treason. He should thank his lucky stars that the only punishment he'll ever face is eternal mockery. God, this author is a huge baby.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | June 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report
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I'm going through my music, cd's etc, over the weekend. If I find that I have anything by McCartney, I'm going to pee on it, before I burn it. Any dumb sum' bit,, that chooses O'bama, over Bush, can't count. A triple negative is three times worse than a negative.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

@pdcarr2000: If you think he read those books then you're even stupider than Bush.

Good on you, Macca. Call it like it is.
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George Dubya is dumb,?? O'bama is smart?? You cannot demonstrate any proof of that. Can you count?? A triple deficit, is three times worse than a deficit. Bush knew that. O'bama still does not, nor does his followers. They're showing O'bama's Cadre of Tax Cheats, on TV, at this minute.
Even Forres Gump, knew that "stupid is, as stupid does." When will O'bama learn that.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Obama will be known as the worst one term president ever. You people on here adore him because???? He was a blank slate and you put all your hopes and dreams in him, but he is a nightmare. He is not the Messiah, you realize that now, don't you? He hasn't got a clue on leadership. He ought to take a few days off from his perpetual vacation and do the job he was voted to do. We don't need a celebrity running this country. We need a leader. He cannot keep blaming other people for his shortcomings. He must become a man pronto.

Posted by: cawhel | June 4, 2010 10:55 PM
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I think you're being too hard on O'bamaites. They don't know. They had no way of knowing that they were electing a perpetual campaigner. The only demonstrable success that O'bama's had was getting elected. He's charismatic. He was able to persuade Peggy Joseph, that he'll take care of all her needs, and worries. She thinks that now that O'bama's President, she won't have to pay her car note, or her rent, or gasoline for her car. He really won over a lot of people. Can you believe that 78 percent of American Jews voted for him?? I think he hates Jews.
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Jesus said 1st take the "log" out of your own eye before you judge others.[Mt.7:1-5]
For a man who has been a drug abuser, and went to prison for it...
led a rock band that promoted rebellion, drugs and sexual immorality ["Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"]
Plus divorcing 2 wives...seems McCartney has a few "logs" in his own eye. Hmm?

Posted by: daneM | June 5, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM
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Duybya's smarter than O'bama, and his followers. They think that a ten trillion dollar deficit is better than a one trillion. At least Dubya can count. O'bama, surrounded by his gaggle of Chicago Tax cheats, and thieves, has persuaded people like Peggy Joseph, that she won't have to pay her mortgage, car payment, or gas bill, now that he's President.
Boy!! do I miss George Dubya??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM
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Duybya's smarter than O'bama, and his followers. They think that a ten trillion dollar deficit is better than a one trillion. At least Dubya can count. O'bama, surrounded by his gaggle of Chicago Tax cheats, and thieves, has persuaded people like Peggy Joseph, that she won't have to pay her mortgage, car payment, or gas bill, now that he's President.
Boy!! do I miss George Dubya??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 2:41 AM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM
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Duybya's smarter than O'bama, and his followers. They think that a ten trillion dollar deficit is better than a one trillion. At least Dubya can count. O'bama, surrounded by his gaggle of Chicago Tax cheats, and thieves, has persuaded people like Peggy Joseph, that she won't have to pay her mortgage, car payment, or gas bill, now that he's President.
Boy!! do I miss George Dubya??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM
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Duybya's smarter than O'bama, and his followers. They think that a ten trillion dollar deficit is better than a one trillion. At least Dubya can count. O'bama, surrounded by his gaggle of Chicago Tax cheats, and thieves, has persuaded people like Peggy Joseph, that she won't have to pay her mortgage, car payment, or gas bill, now that he's President.
Boy!! do I miss George Dubya??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

Being an intelligent president and having a wife who was a librarian are two different things. I notice you defend George Bush's obvious superior intellect by the wife he married. It was just a joke for goodness sake...a joke which reflected what many to this day believe, George Bush was not the sharpest knife in the drawer:_)

Posted by: Tel2 | June 4, 2010 4:56 PM
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Duybya's smarter than O'bama, and his followers. They think that a ten trillion dollar deficit is better than a one trillion. At least Dubya can count. O'bama, surrounded by his gaggle of Chicago Tax cheats, and thieves, has persuaded people like Peggy Joseph, that she won't have to pay her mortgage, car payment, or gas bill, now that he's President.
Boy!! do I miss George Dubya??
Dennis

Posted by: Shadowsmgc | June 5, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

The mental illness shown by those who suffer from the Bush derangement syndrome is so apparent. As they lash out with such vile and self satisfied vitriol at what they think are those inferior to them, their current leader is merrily leading this country into the depths in record breaking fashion. This would be very funny if it wasn't so frighteningly serious. You people are fools!!

Posted by: mdsmithlaw | June 5, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

McCartney's humoor is about as good as his music-post Beatles. In other words, you could say excrement.

Posted by: RedStater3 | June 5, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

This guy hasn't had a good song since 1970.

He's the Bush of musicians.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | June 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

i hope paul mccartney meets the same fate as john lennon.

p,h,u,c,k him.

Posted by: catotheelder1 | June 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Boo freakin' hoo! The lunatic mouth-foaming extreme right is screaming every day that Obama is a communist, fascist, Satanist, muslim and Hitler rolled into one. But as soon as someone makes some off-the-cuff remark that refers to our previous "Glorious Leader" in a less than totally sycophantic light, the lunatic right goes berserk and melts down. Once again they show what infinite hypocrites they are. If it wasn't for double standards, the lunatic extreme right wouldn't have any standards at all.

All right-wingers are bullies, and all bullies are cowards. They can dish it out but they can't take it.

Posted by: cthulhu1 | June 5, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This whole string of comments is not really about Paul McCartney or George Bush. The comments lead me to conclude that we are a deeply divided nation. I see two camps - one group who loves and supports Obama and his progressive ideology and another group that loves America and believes in traditional American values.

Why argue? Maybe it's time we started a dialogue about splitting up this country so each side can have its own place. Think of it as a no-fault divorce. Once we get past splitting up the real estate the rest should be relatively easy.

Posted by: rrodachy | June 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Why are you so worried about what Paul McCartney thinks or says? His level of education wouldn't qualify him to enlist as a private in the Army. He is an undereducated entertainer who is paid for vocal chord noise. Hardly the stuff that earns credibility on worldly events.

Posted by: donchew1 | June 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Poor little Paul, his need to be liked by his audience is pitiful. Get over it folks, he is nothing more than an entertainer. Stop bantering with each other; do you really think that you will change anyone’s opinion?

Posted by: 12gauge | June 5, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

As they say in England, 'Breeding tells.' And, sir Paul has none. To speak in such a nasty, derisive manner about someone you obviously know nothing about shows ignorance and lack of intelligence.

Anyone who knows George A. Bush would never indicate that he is not a great reader of books. He read a book a week for months, some really tough subjects, also. Sir Paul is no 'sir' he's a commoner through and through.

Posted by: prossers7 | June 5, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I see lots of kool aid drinkers here - the good ol blame Bush crowd, conveniently ignoring the fact that the downward spiral of this economy began when democrats regained control of congress. GWB tried to stem the tide of the looney left, but eventually sucumbed. On the other hand, we now have a president who thinks wealth confiscation should be mandated, ignores the rule of law at ever turn. This is the first president in my lifetime, going back to Truman and Eisenhower, where I feel the leader is not acting in the best interests of this country and its values. McCartney demonstrated a total lack of class with that statement. GWB at least kept our country safe and upheld its values. Perhaps he wasn't as great as Reagan, but leaps above Jimmy Carter and BO - not to mention LBJ, Clinton.
Just think, if we stuck to republican values, we would have full employment, a balanced budget, low taxes. Not all repubs are ethical, which is why I stated republican values. All democrats, however, wish to tax and spend, take away from producers to buy votes, and retain power.
Please GWB come back - we need you - if fact, anyone with values which are 180 degrees from the values of this administration would be welcome.

Posted by: rknapp0205 | June 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I see lots of kool aid drinkers here - the good ol blame Bush crowd, conveniently ignoring the fact that the downward spiral of this economy began when democrats regained control of congress.
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Yo, Moron. By the time the Democrats regained congress, trillions of bad real estate loans had been made by Wall Street. And multiples of those trillions had been bet on those loans, via credit default swaps, by firms that did not have the money to back their guarantees.

It's funny to watch you clowns cry and whine, and base your facts on drivel you've learned from dropouts like Limbaugh and Beck.

http://www.studyzone.org/testprep/ela4/a/cryingbaby.jpg

Cry, baby!
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | June 6, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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