|"Can I check out this copy of 'Lady Chatterly's Lover'?"|
President Barack Obama [peace be unto him] and his wife, Michelle, have hosted Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney and other Kennedy Center honorees in a star-studded White House reception.
Country singer Merle Haggard, composer Jerry Herman, dancer-choreographer Bill Jones also were being honored for lifetime achievement in the performing arts, and welcomed by the president before the awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center.
Obama remarked it was the second time this year McCartney had visited the White House -- in July the former Beatles legend was awarded the Gershwin Prize for popular song, and sang "Michelle" to the First Lady.
"It was a thrill," said Obama. "Although apparently Paul joked afterward that he was worried he might become the first guy ever to get punched out by the president."
In the audience, McCartney pointed to his lower lip in reference to Obama's own busted lip, suffered earlier this week during a basketball game.
The president's injury came up again a little later in his speech when he stumbled on the word "superfluous" while reading from a teleprompter about the importance of the humanities.
"It's hard to say. You try it when you've had 12 stitches," Obama said to laughs.
..this clown is still milking this after three weeks? How pathetic can one be for material?
In the mean time, thanks, Fat Lip, for providing me the opportunity to gratuitously run that wonderful pic of Paul McCartney yet again.
..I mean, there are so-o-o-o few opportunities for photo-ops of one of the surviving Beatles what with him spending so much time in libraries and all that.