Rich Galen

I have never been a fan of Helen Thomas but I had been a fan of Paul McCartney for four decades. Now, I think they should they should both be taken to the woodshed, or whatever the British equivalent of a woodshed might be.

For those who might have missed it, Paul McCartney - who goes by "Sir" Paul McCartney because of the silliness of the British system of "Sirring" people to pay off political IOUs - was invited to the United States to receive the "Gershwin Prize" from the Library of Congress.

Interestingly, because under the Barack Obama Theory of Government, a Democrat-controlled Congress is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Democrat-controlled Presidency Obama invited McCartney to a fete at the White House even though - pay attention here - the Library of Congress is a creature of … THE CONGRESS.

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According to the release:

The prize commemorates George and Ira Gershwin, the legendary American songwriting team.

Paul McCartney, in a lame effort to show solidarity with the Obama Administration, said

"It's a fantastic honor for the Gershwin family to give me this incredible award and for me to be awarded it by the Library of Congress. "In fact, after the last eight years, it's great to have a President who knows what a library is."

First of all, I don't care what Paul McCartney thinks of American Presidents. If I did, I would remind him that the current President thinks there should be a limit on how much any individual makes.

According to Forbes, McCartney's North American Tour in 2005-2006 grossed $77 million. That would have been during the administration of George W. Bush, so McCartney's tour got to keep it all.

Someone should ask Barack Obama's press secretary if the President thinks $77 million is too much for one person.

Maybe we can get some of it back.

The reports from the White House event say that the audience had a hearty laugh at the good joke by McCartney.

I, not having the best-ever sense of humor, Tweeted:

If the Beatles had been trio - John, Paul & George - Paul would have been the "cute but dumb" one. He owes Ringo big-time. Dope.

Which fit within the 140-character rule.

Let's move on to the next - and even more - outrageous statement from last week.

For reasons I am not clear on, the White House press corps' own personal Delta Dawn, Helen Thomas, decided she needed to opine on the current state of affairs in the Middle East.

Here's the transcript of Helen Thomas' truly frightening position: Q: Any comments on Israel?

Helen Thomas: Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. [She laughs] Remember, these people are occupied and it's their land and it's not Germany and it's not Poland.

Q: So, where should they go?

HT: They should go home.

Q: Where's home?

HT: Poland. Germany. And America and everywhere else.

Ok, let me stipulate that I am not an expert on Helen Thomas. Nevertheless, I am quite confident in stating that she is not of Native American heritage.

Inasmuch as she was born in Kentucky in 1920, we must assume that she has, over the last 90 years, bought into the theory that if you have taken over a country for enough time, you sort of own it.

But, under the Helen Thomas Theory of Primacy, all 310,000,000 people who falsely claim to be "Americans" should immediately leave what we now call the United States and return to the country or region of the world from whence our ancestors came.

Helen Thomas is a joke. The fact that she is a left-wing joke protects her from her White House briefing room colleagues. If she were a RIGHT-wing joke, there would have been demands that the Hearst Corporation immediately fire her for what amounts to hate speech, if not astonishing stupidity.

Either she is too old to know what she's saying, or she knows what she's saying. Either way, her chair in the White House briefing room should be declared vacant.

By the way, that Gershwin award? Named for George and Ira Gershwin who wrote, among other things "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Porgy & Bess."

They were Jews. Their parents emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia in the early 1890s to escape the pogroms.

Shoulda gone home, I guess.

Paul McCartney would have accepted his award in the Kremlin.


Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.