Elton Goes To White House, Praises Bush

'Give Him A Big Hug'

  • 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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