Should the President Attend Concert Featuring Rapper Who Once Sang Anti-American Song?

The president plans to attend a concert that includes PSY, the Korean "Gangnam Style" rapper who once sang about murdering American soldiers "slowly and painfully."


A furor arose recently when it was learned that President Barack Obama would be attending a traditional Christmas concert this year that includes an appearance by PSY, the Korean rapper who has become a media sensation with his song “Gangnam Style.” The fallout is over anti-American sentiments PSY espoused in a song back in 2004 with words that advocated killing American soldiers and their families “slowly and painfully.”

A petition objecting to the president's attendance that went up on the White House petition website was promptly removed, according to an article in The Daily Mail. It was reported to have “violated the terms of participation,” although it is not clear what terms those were.

Veterans and families of American soldiers reportedly took to the airwaves and the Twitttersphere urging the president not to attend the concert or to have PSY scrapped from the lineup. So far, it appears neither is going to happen. The White House has reportedly confirmed that the president will be in attendance, as is tradition, and the Korean rapper remains on the lineup. PSY has since apologized for his 2004 anti-American lyrics. 

What do you think? Should everyone let bygones be bygones or should the president ask that PSY be struck from the lineup as a term of his attendance?

Good Grief Y'all December 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM
I'm sure Romney laughs, too, but not at himself. Too prideful. And Romney declined his campaign View appearance and sent Ann, because it's hard running for president. I'm really surprised that you watch the View. I catch it occasionally and find that I enjoy it. Until I gave it a chance I couldn't stand it b/c those women usually talk all at once. Most all the candidates nowadays appear on TV - late night and daytime talk shows, magazine-type shows. It's the 2000sies. It's expected and gives Americans a different, what's the word? . . . perspective.
Good Grief Y'all December 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
R, you're right about the outsourcing of bill writing by Congress - ALEC. F&F was a program started during the Bush admin. They may have renamed it. Pelosi was talking to reporters bombarding her with questions, saying they will know what's in it when it passes because bills often change before they become law. If lawmakers didn't read or know what was in it when they passed it, the onus is on them. I'm not a legal professional and neither are most Americans. The President is not the DOJ, but he is a lawyer. Are you? You don't think Republican presidents and veeps ever used executive orders, written or "virtual" that you claim? Cheney rewrote the VP job description. You and I will never agree, so there's not much point to this, is there? I think everyone else has left the thread.
Good Grief Y'all December 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Some do watch Fox for the laughs, to learn what the other side is talking about, for some it's their job to analyze and report on political punditry. Others, most of us, see enough clips to know what Fox is about and do our own research and analysis.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
There we go... The HATE card - You don't agree so it MUST be hate. Really no its NOT hate at all, but time to consistently start pointing out the frailties, lest folks get blinded in their enamor. Just like if you DON'T think the undocumented (ILLEGAL) and documented (LEGAL) immigration methods are one in the same - it's hate. When in fact its just pointing out reality.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew December 14, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Yep, there's a time and a season for everything under the sun. The default conservative viewpoint compels one to normally finish the work before playtime... Late-night shows? Most are after hours and wouldn't interfere with business, but when you're President, you can expect to meet with foreign leaders on behalf of the USA. The "View time" is playtime and when you consciously choose to skip meetings with our allies (work) for playtime, its a foul. Especially when you CAMPAIGNED on increasing communication with world leaders... It's a foul that should be called regardless of race, creed, color or sexual orientation. Given the conditions within the Middle-East now, frankly it was a poor and inexcusable one. On the other hand, had it been Jeopardy! hmmmm....


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