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Posted on 12/06/2004 6:56:51 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
Sir Elton John is famed for his outbursts and diva-ish tantrums. So when he was invited to a presidential reception, hosted by George W Bush, the organisers must have been praying the Rocket Man would not explode.
Two weeks ago Sir Elton hit out at the US president, saying he was "the worst thing that has ever happened to America".
"I just wanna scream," he said. "It's a nightmare. These idiots think they can get away with anything ... it enrages me that people can just smirk their way through it."
But the 57-year-old entertainer managed to keep his cool when he met Mr Bush in person. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the party had been organised in his honour.
Sir Elton was one of six entertainment legends to be honoured for their lifetime's contribution to American culture at the 27th Annual Kennedy Center Awards.
Actor Warren Beatty, Australian soprano Dame Joan Sutherland, Star Wars and Jaws composer and conductor John Williams, and husband-andwife actors, writers and producers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were also honoured.
The award "is about the icing on the cake", said Sir Elton, who has sold more than 60 million albums in his 30-year career. "It's incredible for someone who's British to be given such an accolade from America."
I figured from the headline that he decided to go "straight."
Madman Across the Water......Redeux.....
Any connection in your screen name TC, to Elton John?
I heard Robert Downey Jr was the only one to make a bad political statement.
I heard his quotes this morning. He was extremely complimentary of Bush and remarked he was very impressed by him. (I think he may have a schoolgirl crush)
WHY WOULD BUSH GIVE THIS TWIT THE TIME OF DAY?
I think it's written somewhere that we should "Love Thine Enemies"
Oh, Elton is just having another bad day with menopause. His hemmorhoids are probably giving him a bad time....
I'm wondering what IS their contribution to American culture?
Dubya always is the adult, always is the gracious one. The others make fools and jackasses out of themselves, and he outclasses them every time.
GWB showed him up as the fool he is. Show him a shiny bauble with his name on it and he falls right in line.
There's a good by Reg. Sit up. Beg for your kibble now.
Ugh! There went my day....
Unlike the Democrats, he is prepared to cut those who disagree with him some slack, and try to turn them around.
This makes him more effective as a president, although some may perceive this as wavering and timidity.
Too much class to hit a queen.
Exactly. I wish I had even half of the class, patience and maturity of President Bush.
Look, he was as gracious as he's capable of being and that, honestly, was surprising to me. He did the right thing. Who really cares what Elton John thinks. I'm surprised that nobody is mentioning the fact that Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee were honored. There are no more vocal, active Communists than those two.
You can. Here's his secret:
Read Paul's instructions to Timothy in 1 and 2 Timothy. It's all about the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:16 and following.
This situation is an example of how the President is living out his Christian life as a servant of the Lord. Stark contrast in comparison to Sir Elton John's fits of anger.
In 1941, Davis began his career in the entertainment field. He has been an actor, director, scriptwriter, and producer. He has appeared on the stage, in films, and on television.
Davis has been affiliated with the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee ("Communist front" - "subversive"); the Citizens Committee for Constitutional Liberties ("Communist front"); New World Review ("Communist publication"); Morning Freiheit ("Communist publication"); Camp Midvale (Communist Party enterprise); the National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee ("to lead and direct the Communist Party's 'Operation Abolition' campaign"); Freedomways magazine (leftwing); the American Peace Crusade ("Communist front"); the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions ("a Communist front used to appeal to special occupational groups"); the Association of Artists for Freedom (leftwing); the Liberation Committee for Africa (leftwing); the Monroe Defense Committee (on behalf of leftist-racist Robert F. Williams); the Alexander Defense Committee (on behalf of leftist-racist agitators in South Africa); and the Charter Group for a Pledge of Conscience (on behalf of six who conspired to murder a woman shopkeeper in Harlem).
Davis was eulogist at funeral services for Malcolm X, a leading racial agitator. He was chairman of a memorial tribute to W.E.B. DuBois, a Communist. He agitated on behalf of the atom spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and Morton Sobell. He attended a rally in honor of the Communist revolutionary Che Guevara. In the political arena, Davis endorsed the New York City mayoralty candidacy of William Fitts Ryan, an ultra-leftist. He participated in the Voters' Pledge Campaign for "peace" candidates in 1966. He was a member of the National Conference for New Politics, a third-party movement largely controlled by the Communists. He was the keynote speaker at the founding convention of the Freedom and Peace Party, which ran Communist candidates for the presidency and lesser offices in 1968.
As a leftwing peacenik, Davis was affiliated with the 1965 March on Washington for Peace in Vietnam, the 1965 Ad Hoc Committee of Veterans for Peace in Vietnam, the 1966 Sing-In for Peace Concert at Carnegie Hall, and the 1966 Read-In for Peace in Vietnam at New York's Town Hall.
In the area of racial agitation, Davis has been affiliated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).
These are the people our Country honors. Elton John, Warren Beatty and these two. Unbelievable. And President had to sit through this. Who decides who gets these awards, I wonder?
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Best line I've seen in a long time.
I thought he had them reamed out at regular intervals.
It is the Kennedy center, afterall, so the Kennedy family can pick whoever they want to be on the board who then pick who they want to honor or give an accolade to.
President Bush has to attend these things to be deferential to the office of the Presidency.
What would be great would be for the cameras to catch Bush sitting with his arms crossed over his chest, his head down, and sleeping during the ceremony. He could make a statement without saying a single word.
Bad nominees this yr. Warren Beatty?? He is a supposed contribution to culture? Elton John? The Kennedy Center nominees have been really pathetic. I bet the President was happy when that night was over. Those people are caught up in themselves. I hear that idiot P. Diddy honored Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.
The fact that they honor members of the Performing Arts, there are bound to be many Communists among those honored. My stomach would turn only if The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were called The Ronald W. Reagan Center for Freedom.
I never thought that that song was a tribute to Marilyn in any way, although Elton and others sure do...
The one honoree who deserved the award was John Williams. Now there is a man whose music has enriched our culture.
Funny. I wonder how many people got that one?
You don't think Warren Beatty's contributions to American cinema is impressive? Bonnie and Clyde, Mccabe and Mrs. Miller...writer, director...the guy is very talented.
I don't agree with his politics or his lifestyle but I love his music.
I wish I had even half of the class, patience and maturity of President Bush.
You wouldn't be so much fun here.
So let's see, now, what's the score:
Most of our Armed Forces love Dubya.
After he rescued one of their own, most of the Secret Service loves Dubya.
Most of the NASCAR nation loves Dubya.
Most Americans to the political right of center love Dubya and over 61,000,000 voted for him in November.
Barney loves Dubya.
Versus what? a few thousand hedonistic, snooty entertainment industry dolts like "Sir" (shouldn't it be Missy) Elton who hate him.
Too bad the entertainment industry needs dozens of award shows to keep feeding its collective ego. In the meantime, the President of the United States, one George W. Bush, received the best award possible on Nov. 2.
Unlike Hollywood which actively participates in anti-conservative roles, his political focus has not been prevalent in his work. He has participated in ewacko concerts but no leftist albums. As far as the gay issue is concerned, he has at least one song which is a gay parody.
I had to read this article a second time, because there is nothing in this article that reflects the claim made in the title.