Monday, July 23, 2007

President Bush on Neighbouring Rights

This was the President's response to a question posed during his recent visit to Nashville:

Q Mr. President, music is one of our largest exports the country has. Currently, every country in the world -- except China, Iran, North Korea, Rwanda and the United States -- pay a statutory royalty to the performing artists for radio and television air play. Would your administration consider changing our laws to align it with the rest of the world?

THE PRESIDENT: Help. (Laughter.) Maybe you've never had a President say this -- I have, like, no earthly idea what you're talking about. (Laughter and applause.) Sounds like we're keeping interesting company, you know? (Laughter.)

Look, I'll give you the old classic: contact my office, will you? (Laughter.) I really don't -- I'm totally out of my lane. I like listening to country music, if that helps. (Laughter.)

One has to admire his honesty and sense of humour in this instance.


1 comment:

  1. I often get the impression that most politicians (In Canada or elsewhere) are in the same boat of not really knowing what any of these issues are about.