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BREAKING: Decrepit song writer was traumatized by George W. Bush
By ROBERT LAURIE - James Taylor says he “really suffered” during the Bush administration
Normally, I don’t like to spend too much time writing about the political opinions of America’s entertainers. Most of them are morons who are just regurgitating whatever far-left talking points Oprah emailed them, so I tend to avoid the subject.
However, today we’re faced with the crisis of a man who has experienced pain. We can’t simply pretend this didn’t happen. What kind of monsters would be if we turned a blind eye to the suffering of a national treasure like James Taylor?
Yes, he’s the same James Taylor who recroded “Fire and Rain,” “Sweet Baby James,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and a slew of other, equally depressing, ex-hippie anthems. You may be more familiar with his work as the god-awful noise you had to endure while trying to get together with that socially conscious girl during your freshmen year of college.
James wants you to know that two terms of Bush/Cheney were almost more than he could bear.
“Those were—it was a tough time for me,” he said today, speaking at the National Press Club in DC. “I really suffered.”
“It made me deeply ambivalent about my country that we would choose that, even if we may not have chosen it,” Taylor continued. “But that, that was our, that’s what represented us in the world. I felt as though after September 11, the diversion, the distraction of the nation’s concern and energy into Iraq was unpardonable.”
“I felt that it was inept, corrupt and opaque. Those were tough years for me.”
As a result of his deep, deep, pain, Taylor decided to campaign for Obama in 2008 and 2012. No doubt you saw him as he crisscrossed the country, playing his hits.
What’s that? You didn’t see him? Well, neither did anyone else, but apparently he was out there.
Taylor was a featured speaker at this afternoon’s Press Club luncheon. The event was billed as a discussion, designed to place a renewed focus on campaign finance reform.
Evidently, writing “Carolina in My Mind” makes you an expert on these matters.
Here’s the entirety of his remarks. If you can't stomach the whole thing, which is perfectly understandable, the pertinent bits begin around 18 minutes in.