(CNN) – House Minority Leader John Boehner is demanding an apology from music legend Paul McCartney after the Beatle took a slap at President Bush during a recent White House ceremony.
President Obama on Wednesday awarded McCartney the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song – a lifetime achievement award given by the Library of Congress. Upon receiving the award, McCartney deadpanned, "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."
The comments generated laughter and cheers from the audience in the East Room, but Boehner said the remark showed a "lack of grace and respect."
"Like millions of other Americans, I have always had a good impression of Paul McCartney and thought of him as a classy guy, but I was surprised and disappointed by the lack of grace and respect he displayed at the White House," the Ohio Republican said in a statement provided to CNN. "I hope he'll apologize to the American people for his conduct which demeaned him, the White House and President Obama."
Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith added the comments were "particularly offensive" because "the [former] president and first lady (who is actually a librarian) did so much for literacy."
McCartney's comments came at the end of the ceremony and Obama did not reference them.
Presenting the award, Obama said it was given "on behalf of a grateful nation, grateful that a young Englishman shared his dreams with us."
Did he demand an apology from the Dixie Chicks?
I agree with Paul McCartney. Laura Bush of course is very acquainted with books and libraries, but, G.W.? Not so much.
In fact, the word on the street is that his presidential library is already known by many as a 'liebrary'.
Just calling it like it is folks!
Do you all remember the last pres. with the upside down BOOK duh
Boehner's spray-on tan is offensive but you don't see people asking him to apologize for it.
Boehner needs to get over it. Why should McCartney apologize? It's his opinion, shared by many, and he's entitled to it. Quit grandstanding.
It was certainly offensive. Then again, so were the previous eight years. My question is which instance was more offensive?
Paul McCartney should have his say and the republican party should start electing intelligent, educated politicians if they don't like it. Heads up, Boehner.....Sarah Palin will create more of the same.
Hey, B-ooo-ner. You loser, did you get beat up a lot as a kid? What kind of stupid name is Boehner? If you take Viagra do you actually get taller?
Did Bush have his own library? He couldn't discuss books he claimed to read. Literarily, he was an empty suit. Does Sir Paul have to apologize for telling the truth?
Boehner has no room to talk about grace and class. He's at the bottom of the barrel on both counts.
What universe is Boehner from? He should go back to it. Does he know ANYTHING about the Beatles? Paul was quite restrained... Boehner should be happy Paul didn't say what he REALLY thinks!
I, too, would like an apology when it comes to President GW Bush, but not in the same manner as orange Boehner.
An aside, lighten up, Boehner (no pun intended) – it was funny.
McCartney was absolutely right, and everyone know it. Boehner (Mr. Orange Man) needs to shut his hate spewing, propaganda brewing, useless mouth.
I love McCartney that much more!! Bush is critically dumb. He could drop dead from being dumb.
Of course he should apologize.... He cann't come here and make a comment like that, especially about our former president. Like Mr. Boehner said, its a lack of respect and grace. I thought McCartney was a gentleman, but I was mistaken.
Laura may have been to a library or two – but the likelihood is GWB never saw the inside of one!
How dare Paul McCartney disrespect our former president. George Bush has more class in his little finger than both Obama and McCartney. I will never listen to McCartney again. He has just ripped his popularity here in TEXAS.
Okay Boehner (if that is in fact your real name), back to work. Try and do something meaningful. We have a gulf full of oil and two wars. You should probably realize that the world and most Americans view the 8 years of the Bush presidency as comical at best and criminal at worst. If the worst thing to happen is a reference to Bush's intellectual challenges then consider it a good day for you and the rest of your out of touch cronies.
Boehner and his fellow repubs owe the country an apology. The truth hurts, doesn't it?
Oh Please! Paul is British, and that's just the way they joke. We have more important things to worry about!
Boner thinks he's awfully important, doesn't he?
No apology is necessary, the man is absolutely correct! The previous eight years leadership turned our country into the laughing-stock of the world. It will take a lot of good people a lot of years to rebuild our reputation, but at least now we're trying.
Hey Boehner ... get over your self and your self-righteous act.
I'm sure Paul McCartney really gives a rats a__ what John Boehner thinks of his comment. I would say that 75% of the country would agree with his comment. I thought it was quite funny but must have hit a nerve with Mr. Boehner. He wants respect for a past President who left our Country in the biggest mess we have ever been in ever???? Who tortured, lied to The American people about Iraq, started two wars that he never paid for and a prescription drug plan he never paid for eigther, that's just a few things. Mr. Boehner didn't demand respect for our current leader when he was giving his State of the Union and one of Mr. Boehners fellow republicans called our President a "liar" and that speech was being aired all over the world. made our congress and house look just GREAT!!! What a blow hard Mr. Boehner is, sometimes you have to learn to laugh things off. I would be very dissapointed if McCartney apologizes it was a good joke!!!! Grow up Boehner
Next time, Boehner, do what the hypocrites in the Bible do. Rip your clothes and scream "He blasphemes!!!"
It was a joke, John. Just like the Bush presidency.
Sir Paul, in preparing his remarks, had probably forgotten about "My Pet Goat". Once again, Mr. Bush was misunderestimated.
After all the vile things Mr. Boehner has had to say about the current President, it is amusing that he is complaining about anybody's "lack of grace and respect" toward our previous one.