President Obama thanked several performers by name after Sunday night’s “Christmas in Washington” concert — with one notable exception.
The president gave shout-outs to Conan O’Brien (“the tallest elf I’ve ever seen”), singer Diana Ross, gift-giver Santa Claus, and “all the other talented folks on this stage” — but no specific mention of the suddenly controversial Korean rapper Psy.
No surprise there. Psy, whose song-and-dance hit “Gangnam Style” has become the most-watched You Tube video of all time, performed in Washington just days after apologizing for anti-American statements he made during Iraq war protests in 2002 and 2004.
At the 2004 event, Psy sang a rap song calling for the killing of “Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives.” The lyrics included: “Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully.”
On Sunday, everyone stuck to the spirit of the season during the Christmas in Washington concert that will be broadcast Dec. 21 on TNT.