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PBS leaves Paul McCartney's George W. Bush jab on the cutting room floor


Paul McCartney's anti-Bush remarks were snipped from the PBS broadcast of his performance at the White House. (AP/Alex Brandon)

WETA had to get a 90-minute special out of Paul McCartney's 60-minute concert at the White House last month, but that doesn't mean the whole thing is in there. Tactfully excised from the TV version, airing July 28 on PBS: Sir Paul's jab at George W. Bush.


The comment (which burned up the Internet for a couple days) came at the end of the June 2 East Room ceremony where the Beatle received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Obama. After a "Hey Jude" singalong (and a very long ovation, also trimmed for TV), McCartney grabbed the mike one more time, our colleague Chris Richards reported, to say: "After the last eight years, it's good to have a president that knows what a library is."

But you won't hear it on TV. Instead, the cameras cut to McCartney singing "Yesterday" at the previous night's concert at the Library.

By The Reliable Source  |  July 14, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
 
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Comments

I don't recall Obama making any side trips to libraries. However I do see countless stories about him playing basketball and going to golf courses.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 14, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, are you trying to make some kind of point? And your apparent paragon of educational achievement George Bush,couldn't spell library if you spotted him the _-i-b-r-a-r-y. And that's not to mention the boating, bike riding, brush clearing, etc, he partook of.

Posted by: overed | July 14, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is so smart, why won't he release his college and law school transcripts? Bush did, but Obama, who promised more transperancy, is too afraid to put his grades out for public review.

Posted by: alvint | July 14, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

@overed,

Do you realize how stupid that comment is? W has a degree from Yale and one from Harvard. Dislike him all you want, but occasionally go upstairs and hug your mom.

Posted by: taser | July 14, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

gw bush is a moron. but making fun of him for being stupid is like picking the low hanging fruit. so while mccartney's jest was truthful, its also too obvious to be all that funny.
i'd rather just forget those 8 horrible years under bush. but then again so do the republicans, which is why they are now calling themselves the tea party.

Posted by: MarilynManson | July 14, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Remember when PBS was progressive? Now it's just another cable network.

From Nam June Paik videos to mainstream pap.

Posted by: fluxgirl | July 14, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@overed. You are so smart? Yet, you end your sentence with a PREPOSITION?

It seems to me that a person who ends his or her sentence in a preposition, basic grammar no-no, is not really fit to judge a Yale/Harvard graduate. Maybe not even a community college graduate.. of. LOL.

Posted by: bflogaleast | July 14, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I do see countless stories about him playing basketball and going to golf courses.

Haven't seen Obama going on vacation to his ranch for eight weeks a year though.

Posted by: StevenDolley | July 14, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

If Obama is so smart, why won't he release his college and law school transcripts? Bush did, but Obama, who promised more transperancy, is too afraid to put his grades out for public review.
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And you believe Bush is smarter, huh? I mean really.....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 14, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I didn't like Bush and Paul can sure say what he wants, but I didn't like that comment. Not funny, doesn't make any good point, Laura Bush worked as a librarian. Cheap shots at Bush just come off cheap. Entertainers, if you got a good one, okay, otherwise, your politics are always a downer for me.

Posted by: kls1 | July 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is a uneducated jerk, if you reverse the situation no American would act that way toward the PM or Queen of England in their house.

Posted by: RFRboy | July 14, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

McCartney is a uneducated jerk, if you reverse the situation no American would act that way toward the PM or Queen of England in their house.

Posted by: RFRboy
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You left out one thing. Anytime someone wants to meet with the Queen during her visit, they are given instructions on how to greet the Queen.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Isn't McCartney British? Why is here in our country talking about any ex-president. The British still live under a monarchy. Shut up and go home...idiot.

Posted by: jenkij | July 14, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The portrait in the pictuer, and the comments here call to mind the bit from the 2009 film, "In the Loop" -

Don’t get sarcastic with me, son. In 1814 we burned this tight-arsed city to the ground, and I’m for doing it again, starting with you, you frat f__k. You get sarcastic with me again and I will stuff so much cotton wool down your f___ing throat it'll come out your a.rse like the tail on a Playboy bunny.

Posted by: DannyPl | July 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Obama is so smart he can't give a speech to elementary school kids without a teleprompter. But, you know, he's such a gifted speaker and all. And the evidence of this is......(still waiting).

Clinton, on the other hand, actually is a gifted speaker, actually is brilliant, and actually does know what the h**l he's talking about most of the time.

Posted by: pswift00 | July 14, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Why is PBS always so spineless over stuff like this? Who are they to edit the views of the artists on their shows? I don't see PBS worrying about trimming any of the folksy right wing idiocy on display at its annual July 4th concert on the Mall (which is a pathetic array of C talent that only PBS can produce -- annually!).

I'm shocked PBS still manages to broadcast in this day and age. Other networks have outdone PBS in every category it once succeeded. Masterpiece Theater is a joke. No wonder it can't find a corporate sponsor. HBO, Showtime, A&E and other networks have surpassed PBS in producing high quality, edgy drama. You can't even use the word "edgy" to describe anything on PBS anymore. Antiques Roadshow? Give me a break. Has PBS' median age gone up to 85? The once great Nature is now pathetic. Even the lame Discovery knows how to buy better nature programs from the BBC.

Although it wouldn't save much, Congress should cut the cord on taxpayer funding of PBS. Even AmTrak does more to serve the public than PBS at this point.

Posted by: lipschitzantwon | July 14, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Censorship.

Posted by: vztownes | July 14, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

The unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible...

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | July 14, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm no fan of George Bush, to say it mildly, but McCartney's comment was a partisan intrusion into an event that should be above politics. It was also sorta sophomoric and boorish. I love McCartney and his music, but I'm with PBS here. In fact, I kind of admire them for doing this.

Posted by: reynpa | July 14, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Well, on the subject of public figure criticisms, Sir Paul needs to prove that the woman in Germany who claims to be his daughter is wrong or right. Sir Zillionaire could at least have offered child support instead of supposedly bribing German officials to avoid a paternity test. Google it, it's for real.

Posted by: annette57 | July 15, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I love Paul. And I have problems with both of of our most recent presidents, so a jab is OK with me.

BUT - W.'s wife actually was a librarian and George, contrary to the cartoon image, was a pretty voracious reader. It didn't make him a better president, but he did read a lot.

Complain about policy, don't ignorantly and inaccurately insult the man personally.

Posted by: raincheck | July 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

McCartney is a uneducated jerk, if you reverse the situation no American would act that way toward the PM or Queen of England in their house.

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The coment was lacking in good taste given the setting, and given his position, ill advised.
Still everyone is candy coating the Bush years and the damage done during those years to the country. Vast wreckage of our country if you ask me. I think McCartney simply said nice to have the doofus in the history books!

By the way,....Macca has done pretty well for his family, his country and ours. His kids are half American he's a property owner and tax payer in three American states. He's a business owner and an employer both in Britan and the US. He's part of, arguably, the biggest song writing colaboration in history.
He's got two farms and like eight estates along with one of the biggest music catalogues in the music business.

What have you done?

Posted by: Stethor2000 | July 18, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Right on Paul!!!! Everyone is entitled to their opinion even rock stars!

Posted by: LoveObama | July 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

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