Elton Goes To White House, Praises Bush

'Give Him A Big Hug'
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 23: British singer-songwriter Sir Elton John performs during an event on the South Lawn of the White House on September 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden hosted the event titled “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme,” to “celebrate the unifying and healing power of music, commend the life and work of Sir Elton John, and honor the everyday history-makers in the audience, including teachers, nurses, frontline workers, mental health advocates, students, LGBTQ+ advocates and more.” (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Sir Elton John was at the White House on Friday to perform at A+E and History’s “A Night When Hope and History Rhyme
  • President Biden surprised the music icon with National Humanities Medal, which brought John to tears and made headline.
  • But it was also bipartisan night on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Former first lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hager attended the event.
  • John also thanked George W. Bush, who was not in attendance, for his “astonishing” work to expedite the fight against HIV and AIDS.
  • “We would have never gotten as far without President Bush,” John said to the former first lady. “Please tell him for me, give him a big hug. I just wish America could be more bipartisan on everything.”
  • John also thanked South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, saying, “The AIDS epidemic … has always been bipartisan in America. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rang Lindsey Graham. And to his credit, he’s always come through.”

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