Monday, April 24, 2006

Bush Snubbed by Stones

Mick Jagger has never been a fan of George Bush, but not being a political person like fellow rocker Bono, the expectation was that he would never be able to do anything about his dislike for the president and his policies, save write a song or two against the politician. But credit Mick for being one to seize the moment, as he recently received, and took, the opportunity to show the president just how he felt.

The indefatigable rock star, now 62 years old, had been booked to play in Vienna, Austria in June. So, being a gazillionaire or something, Jagger decided to rent the most expensive room in Vienna for the whole month, as well as the accompanying floor, that being the luxury Royal Suite at the Imperial Hotel. Check out the room in the picture; pretty sweet, huh? Well, I guess it better be for 3,600 pounds a night.

The rub came when, only a few days later, Bush scheduled a summit meeting in Vienna and tried to book the whole floor for his entourage. He was surprised that Jagger was unwilling to give up the suite. According to a source close to Jagger, “Bush’s people seemed to be under the impression that they would just hand over the suites but there was no way Mick was going to do that.”

This is not the first swipe Jagger has taken at the 59 year old president. On the latest Rolling Stones album, “A Bigger Bang”, a song called ‘Sweet Neo Con’ takes less than subtle swings at Bush with these lyrics: "You call yourself a Christian, I call you a hypocrite," the verse goes. "You call yourself a patriot. Well, I think you are full of s---!” How come I suspect Bush didn’t put those lyrics up on his wall?

So, it looks like George W. won’t get his way for once. The Imperial Hotel is honoring the previous booking by the millionaire rock superstar; Bush will have to consider other options. Keith Richards, when asked, noted that the band doesn’t need to worry about Bush, since they don’t live in the United States. I guess being the most powerful man in the world isn’t what it used to be.

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