As news of the passing of disco legend Donna Summer made the rounds yesterday, we were surprised to receive the following email from the White House Press Office.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012
Statement by the President on the Passing of Donna Summer
Michelle and I were saddened to hear about the passing of Donna Summer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Donna truly was the “Queen of Disco.” Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Donna’s family and her dedicated fans.
While it’s not unusual for POTUS to remember celebrities that had an impact on society, he seems to be picking and choosing these days. As we reported earlier, TWT’s Joe Curl famously took Obama to task for not issuing a statement on the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. While some might cry racism, I think it might just be that POTUS’s taste in music isn’t as “cool” as everyone makes out. When The Band’s Levon Helm passed away, POTUS was silent. Most recently, when Chuck Brown, the patron saint of go-go music and a God to citizens of Chocolate City, died, POTUS went mute. It’s not that he doesn’t care. It’s just that he’s just being selective about whose death is worth commemorating. When Whitney Houston died of a cocaine overdose, POTUS issued a statement and a prayer for her family. Is there anyone in their right mind who thinks that Donna Summer’s musical achievements rival those of Levon Helm or Adam Yauch? Is POTUS THIS out of touch?