Remember that hubbub earlier this month when Paul McCartney made an off-the-cuff wisecrack at former President George W. Bush’s expense? McCartney’s comment – that “after the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is” – made waves amongst GOP party members, but McCartney now says he refuses to make a public apology, calling the incident a “joke.”
The Daily Express quoted the 68-year-old former Beatle saying, “I said that on purpose. And now all this, like I’m going to care? It was a joke. Hello, anybody there? It’s a joke".
"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.”
McCartney made the offending remark at the White House while accepting the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from President Barack Obama on June 2. Afterwards, House Minority Leader John Boehner said McCartney should apologize to the American people for what he’d said.