This week, Billy Joel was announced as the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Award for Popular Song, and in a bizarre tribute, Speaker of the House John Boehner used a series of hack puns to criticize President Obama's policies.
In a press release entitled "14 of Our Recent Greatest Hits on Jobs," Boehner's office hit on a series of GOP talking points, using Billy Joel song titles to drive their message home. Some of the most groan-worthy highlights:
The American people have been asking ‘where are the jobs’ “For the Longest Time"... Yet the president just has to be a “Big Shot,” bragging about his policies when Americans are having a tough time.
No, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” of uncertainty that has small businesses in Southwest Ohio and nationwide struggling under ObamaCare.
To be fair, they did admit “You May Be Right” about the need to bring jobs home.
So “Say Goodbye to Hollywood,” Mr. President, and work with us to help grow the middle class and expand opportunity for everyone, from the “Piano Man” to the “Uptown Girl.”
In a previous statement, Boehner said, "One of the world’s most beloved singer-songwriters, Billy’s songs are an essential part of American pop music," but it's doubtful that the singer would endorse the bulk of the talking points. Although Joel has made a point of keeping his political leanings private, he did play a campaign fundraiser for Obama in 2008.