It would be nice, just for a change, to write a story about what the incumbent US President said he meant to do.
Unfortunately, it looks like I’ll have to wait for President Joe Biden’s successor to take office before that’s likely to happen.
Last night was no exception when Biden addressed a White House audience at the end of a performance by pop music legend Sir Elton John and seemed to blame the singer for the AIDS epidemic or wasteful taxpayers’ money or… anything.
“By the way, it’s all his fault that we’re spending $6 billion of taxpayers’ money this month to help fight HIV/AIDS,” Biden said, certainly meant as a compliment but sounding like a rebuke.
It looked like it took John a moment to process it himself what the President meant:
Video: Elton John looks shocked as Biden says it’s ‘his fault we’re spending $6 billion on HIV and AIDS’
John is on a seemingly endless “farewell tour” and loud The New York Times“His performance was part of a larger celebration designed to honor people the White House has dubbed ‘everyday historians’: teachers, nurses, emergency and psychiatric workers, students and activists.”
(The Times ran the story under the headline, “Elton John, a Trump favorite, makes an appearance at the Biden White House.” You just can’t help it, right?)
The President took the opportunity to present John with the National Humanities Medal, which “recognizes individuals or groups whose work deepens the nation’s understanding of the humanities and expands our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy and other humanities subjects Has. ‘ according to the National Endowment for the Humanities website.
I’m not sure how John did it personally, although I like his music in general. In fact, even Biden’s comments seemed to indicate that the medal was more of an acknowledgment of the singer’s contributions to the fight against HIV and AIDS, although there are likely more appropriate awards for such things.
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Fans will remember John’s collaborations with Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick and Stevie Wonder on the Grammy-winning “That’s What Friends Are For,” a single recorded in 1986 to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research. Again, I’m not sure if the song was Grammy-worthy, but the effort certainly deserved some sort of recognition.
John founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Elton John Charitable Trust and the Elton John Sports Fund, all of which are dedicated to charitable giving, according to John’s Personal website.
He also worked to raise money for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which helped “to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients receive the care they need and frontline workers receive essential materials and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them,” according to the WHO website.
John is of course best known as a musician, with hits like “Philadelphia Freedom”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Candle in the Wind”… I could go on for a long time. If you can’t name an Elton John song, my listing here probably won’t help you.
And don’t even get me started on The Lion King.
The point is, whether you like his stuff or not, the man is a musical legend. He deserved a little more respect than a poorly worded compliment from the US President that sounded like accusing him of personally infecting millions of gay men with HIV.
But I think he, too, will have to wait for Biden’s successor to take office before that’s likely to happen.
This article originally appeared on The West Journal.
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