Perhaps we should expect no less during the Obama administration, but a Veterans Day event on the National Mall was marred when artist Bruce Springsteen and other notable musicians decided to play an iconic anti-military song.
Springsteen, Dave Grohl, and Zac Brown appeared at the “Concert for Valor” Tuesday evening in Washington, D.C., and performed Creedence Clearwater Revival’s anti-war, anti-draft anthem “Fortunate Son,” according to The Washington Post.
The song was written by the legendary John Fogerty and released in 1969, during the height of the Vietnam War. In the song, Fogerty sings that he “aint no senator’s son.”
Here’s a sample of the lyrics:
Some folks are born made to wave the flag
They’re red, white and blue
And when the band plays “Hail to the Chief”
They point the cannon at you
According to Snopes, the only son of a notable Vietnam-era senator who was eligible for the draft in the late 1960s is the left’s fortunate son, Al Gore. Yes, former U.S. senator and Vice President Al Gore, whose father was a senator from Tennessee from 1953 to 1971.
To be fair, Fogerty did name the son of former President Dwight Eisenhower as the inspiration for the song.
Nevertheless, as great a song as it is, it’s likely not an appropriate choice for a Veterans Day event, as The Weekly Standard noted.
“It was a particularly terrible choice given that ‘Fortunate Son’ is, moreover, an anti-draft song, and this concert was largely organized to honor those who volunteered to fight in Afghanistan and Iraq,” the Standard’s Ethan Epstein wrote.
Adding to the dismay, rapper Eminem also performed at the event and dropped more than a dozen “f-bombs,” including “Happy mother-f*king Veterans Day!”
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