[lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] says he will not apologize for a joke he made about George W. Bush while accepting an award at the White House on June 2. After receiving the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Award for Popular Song, the former [lastfm]Beatle [/lastfm]commented that it’s nice to have a president “who knows what a library is.”
The comment ruffled some feathers among Republican Party leaders, including house minority leader John Boehner, who publicly spoke out against the comment. In a recent interview with the U.K.’s Daily Express, however, McCartney says he has no plans to apologize for the comment, as it was only a joke.
“I said that on purpose. And now all this [criticism], like I’m going to care? It was a joke. Hello, anybody there? It’s a joke,” he says of the remark.
“Has anyone ever watched Saturday Night Live? They joke about Bush all the time. As for a public apology, are they kidding? I was in two minds whether to say it and I actually waited until the President had gone because I didn’t want to embarrass him or his family. But hey, come on, it’s rock and roll. It wasn’t a religious meeting and I’m allowed to make jokes.”