Elton John Looks Shocked As Biden Says Its ‘His Fault That We’re Spending $6B On HIV And AIDS

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Music Legend Elton John is on a lengthy “farewell tour” traveling the world.

John is a music icon, known for massive hit songs such as “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” and many others.

A friend of the late Princess Diana, Elton John performed his song, “Candle in the Wind” for her memorial service after her tragic untimely death.

He also has collaborated with other musical giants and written scores for musicals such as “The Lion King”.

In addition to his musical success, John has raised money for numerous charitable organizations.

Some will remember John’s collaboration with Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder on the Grammy-winning “That’s What Friends Are For,” a single recorded in 1986 to benefit the American Foundation for AIDS Research.

John has founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Elton John Charitable Trust, and the Elton John Sports Fund, all of which are dedicated to benevolent giving, according to John’s personal website.

He also worked to raise money for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, which helped “track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them,” according to WHO’s website.

His tour has brought him to the Biden White House to perform and receive an honor.

John, at the White House on Friday to perform at A+E and History’s “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” looked visibly shocked and humbled as the president addressed the thousands in the audience. “Tonight is my great honor, and I mean this sincerely, to present the National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John,” Biden said.

A White House officer elaborated on John’s contributions, saying, “The President of the United States awards this National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John for moving our souls with his powerful voice, one of the defining songbooks of all time. An enduring icon and advocate with absolute courage, who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma and advance a simple truth: that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

According to The New York Times, “his appearance was part of a larger celebration that was meant to honor people whom the White House called ‘everyday history makers’: teachers, nurses, emergency and mental health workers, students, and activists.”

The president took the occasion to present John with the National Humanities Medal, which “honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities and broadened our citizens’ engagement with history, literature, languages, philosophy, and other humanities subjects,” according to the National Endowment for the Humanities website.

A White House officer elaborated on John’s contributions, saying, “The President of the United States awards this National Humanities Medal to Sir Elton John for moving our souls with his powerful voice, one of the defining songbooks of all time. An enduring icon and advocate with absolute courage, who found purpose to challenge convention, shatter stigma and advance a simple truth: that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.”

John appeared humbled and appreciative, and made a point to express appreciation to all parties for their common fight against disease.

He also thanked George W. Bush, who was not in attendance, for his “astonishing” work to expedite the fight against HIV and AIDS. He addressed the former president’s wife, saying, “President Bush accelerated the whole thing with his PEPFAR bill. We would have never gotten as far without President Bush — please tell him for me, give him a big hug. I just wish America could be more bipartisan on everything.”

“The AIDS epidemic,” he mentioned earlier in the night, “has always been bipartisan in America. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rang [United States Senator] Lindsey Graham. And to his credit, he’s always come through.”

Unfortunately Biden, speaking to an audience at the White House at the end of a performance by pop music legend Sir Elton John, appeared to blame the singer for the AIDS epidemic, or wasteful taxpayer spending, or… something.

“By the way, it’s all his fault that we’re spending $6 billion in taxpayer money this month to help fight HIV/AIDS,” Biden said, in what I’m sure was meant as a compliment but came out sounding like censure.

Western Journal’s Upper commented, “It looked like John himself might have had to take a moment to process what the president meant.

Point being, the man is a musical legend, whether you like his stuff or not. He deserved a little more respect than a poorly worded compliment from the U.S. president that sounded like he was being blamed for personally infecting millions of homosexual men with HIV.
But I guess he too will have to wait for Biden’s replacement to take office before that’s likely to happen.”

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