Last night, President Obama presented Paul McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The prize was established in 2007 and its previous two recipients were Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
After thanking the Gershwin family and the Library of Congress he then praised President Obama by taking a swipe at President Bush. "In fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a President who knows what a library is," said the former Beatle.
Why Paul why?
Now I love his music. I've seen him in concert twice now. Most recently at Fenway Park last August. But was that really necessary? Is he applying for a job in the Obama Administration? Couldn't have he - dare I say it - just Let It Be?
Even though Bush has been out of office for nearly a year and a half it is still de rigueur for celebrities to heap scorn upon him. I guess I shouldn't be surprised but I expect a more from a Beatle. You would think a little Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da might be in order.
Well, perhaps the late George Harrison can help us out. "Taxman" ranks at number two on the 50 Greatest Conservative Rock Songs compiled by John J. Miller of National Review. Who is number one? I just told you.