Right-wingers spends their entire waking lives looking for things to be outraged about, the way certain large whales never stop searching for food. The latest outrage? According to Bryan Preston of Pajamas Media, it's unseemly for President Obama, at this time, to be inviting the Kennedy Center honorees to the White House -- something presidents do every year.
Preston cites this story from England's Telegraph, which quotes a few jokes the president made at the expense of Led Zeppelin, who were honored this year. Preston whines:
Great band, great songs, but it's not like a ceremony to hand them a medal could not have waited until the fiscal cliff talks were done and a deal had been hammered out. Obama has literally put being a celebrity and hanging out with celebrities ahead of doing his job. If we go over the fiscal cliff, millions of Americans will suffer. Obama knows this; he just doesn't care.Um, let me take you back to December 2, 2001. This was 52 days after 9/11 -- but that didn't stop President Bush from inviting that year's Kennedy Center honorees to the White House:
President Bush hosted a Hollywood who's-who on Sunday as actors Jack Nicholson and Julie Andrews, pianist Van Cliburn, composer-producer Quincy Jones and tenor Luciano Pavarotti were saluted for their contributions to the performing arts at the Kennedy Center Honors.Even the mayor of West Hollywood was there. "BUSH HOSTS GLITTERATI AT KENNEDY AWARDS" was how the San Jose Mercury News put it.
The president paid tribute to the honorees and, in keeping with his custom, teased them....
"This year's honorees can carry a tune. And then there's Jack."
... those attending a White House reception before the honors gala Sunday included Warren Beatty and his wife, Annette Bening; Candice Bergen, Bo Derek, Carol Burnett, Michael Douglas, Lorne Michaels, Lynn Redgrave-Clarke and Oprah Winfrey....
A few days after that, Osama bin Laden escaped to safety after the Battle of Tora Bora.
Ahhh, but it's OK to hobnob with celebs at any time if you're a Republican.