I’m very disappointed in the White House’s response to Chinese pianist Lang Lang’s choice of music at the State Dinner for President Hu Jintao.  If you’re not aware of the story, he played the tune of a popular Anti-American song that left the Chinese making fun of us last week.  Here’s what White House spokesman Tommy Vietor told ABC News on Monday:

“As Lang Lang has stated before, he plays this song regularly because it is one of his favorite Chinese melodies, which is very widely known and popular in China for its melody. Lang Lang played the song without lyrics or reference to any political themes during the entertainment portion of the State Dinner. He simply stated the song’s title and noted it was well known in China.”

Oh, please!  Come on! How stupid does this guy think we are?  But, let’s give him the benefit of the doubt for a minute and say that he does play the song regularly because it’s one of his favorite tunes.  It was still disrespectful and insulting of him to play it in our White House while we were hosting China, and if he were truly sincere, he would have picked a different tune.  Either Lang Lang thinks America is stupid, or the White House is just really embarrassed and hopes that we’re stupid enough to buy this nonsense so that they won’t look bad.  And I just love how the ABC article says that, to conservatives, it’s no laughing matter—no doubt they’re trying to keep the left from taking this seriously.  This should be no laughing matter to anyone!  There is no excuse for it! 

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