Republicans slammed Paul McCartney for making a joke at George W. Bush’s expense when he received the Gershwin Award at the White House last month. (The quip: "It’s a fantastic honor [to be honored] by the Library of Congress. And in fact, after the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.")
No word on whether America’s genteel right wing thinks this Jack White performance of "Mother Nature’s Son," from the same event, is an inspired Zeppelin-ization of an underappreciated album track, or a shambolic phone-in that White should’ve been embarrassed to play for our commander-in-chief and the Cute One. But maybe they’ll issue a statement when the whole evening (including a performance of "Hey Jude" by White, McCartney, Elvis Costello, Jerry Seinfeld, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, and Obama himself) airs on PBS next Wednesday evening.