Music legend Pat Boone is ripping into the Dixie Chicks for withdrawing their apology for a previous attack on President Bush.
“I have four daughters, and I taught them to respect their elders, even if they weren’t president of the United States,” Boone told Fox News host Neil Cavuto today. “I think it’s outrageous for any of these performers to be bashing our president the way they are.”
At a London concert in 2003, Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines sparked controversy by stating, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.”
She later apologized for the remark, but is now taking her apology back.
“I don’t feel that way anymore,” Maines told Time magazine for its issue hitting newsstands this week. “I don’t feel he is owed any respect whatsoever.”
Boone, who is also a columnist for WorldNetDaily, says what seemed like a momentary misstep by Maines now begins to look like a flaw in her character.
“If I were the president of Iran, if I were Osama bin Laden or any of the terrorist organizers and I could have my wish list totally,” Boone said, “I couldn’t ask for anything better than for America’s entertainers to bash their president, denigrate him, make him seem like an idiot and a self-serving fool, and then have the media go along with it and promote it like crazy and try to undermine the whole war effort.”
He continued, “We are at war, and you don’t tell even a quarterback in a football game that he’s nuts and you don’t respect him. You try to pull for a win, and that’s what we should be trying to do. … You can disagree. You can express your disagreement, but don’t attack the man who is your elected leader and say he’s not owed any respect at all.”