Obama marks the passing of blues great B.B. King in typical Obama-esque fashion

As noted in LU’s morning headlines, blues legend B.B. King died Thursday in Las Vegas at age 89. According to the songwriter’s official website, he died peacefully in his sleep.

Naturally, when an American of such stature passes, Barack Obama weighs in, as he done so often, with a tribute on Twitter. And, as he has done so often, he memorializes the life of the man with a picture of … himself:


But Obama didn’t stop with just a photo of his kisser crooning into a mike as King looked on. He also included the following in his his official statement on the musician’s contribution to American culture.

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does.

In fairness to Obama, this self-reverential tribute is tame compared with some of his more narcissistic moments. His eulogy to Sen. Daniel Inouye, for example, included 63 mentions of himself. Far and away his most egotistical send-off was his memorial to astronaut Neil Armstrong, which included the following:

Neil Armstrong
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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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