A singer’s performance during a White House event is confusing Twitter users.
On Tuesday, the White House hosted an event to celebrate the Inflation Reduction Act.
The celebration began with a performance by James Taylor of his song “Fire and Rain.”
In case you missed it:
Biden's White House event celebrating the "Inflation Reduction Act" is beginning with a performance by James Taylor of "Fire and Rain" pic.twitter.com/CeVECkldOR
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 13, 2022
Twitter users were quick to mock the performance.
One user called Taylor a “Peak Boomer.”
Peak Boomer. https://t.co/TL8PI8BYtc
— RAMZPAUL (@ramzpaul) September 14, 2022
Another pointed out that the song is about “suicide, addiction and a mental hospital.”
A song about suicide, addiction and a mental hospital. https://t.co/8HL7VaMA1e
— Dagen McDowell (@dagenmcdowell) September 13, 2022
Radio host Hugh Hewitt asked, “This is a hoax right? A deep fake?”
This is a hoax right? A deep fake? https://t.co/0bpPPD7S9J
— Hugh Hewitt (@hughhewitt) September 13, 2022
Read more reactions below:
Makes sense. This song was written in 1968, when a disastrous, big-spending president was forced to abandon his re-elect effort because of his unpopularity. https://t.co/ScMCrT0X7W
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 13, 2022
FFS everything is stupid https://t.co/iX2ylqRJLq
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) September 13, 2022
The stock market is cratering and inflation is through the roof.
Never fear, the Democrats have brought in climate change activist James Taylor to sing you a song. https://t.co/4TEvx1n98E
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) September 13, 2022
Taylor wrote it in 1968. Per NPR, the song “is about a friend who committed suicide, Taylor's addiction to heroin, & a mental hospital.” The song has nothing to with inflation, just like #InflationReductionAct has nothing to with reducing #inflation. https://t.co/JV1RruSNSu
— Helen Raleigh (@HRaleighspeaks) September 13, 2022
Democrats ruined everything – even James Taylor. https://t.co/imlNz6Pftm
— Nick Searcy, “SEMI-FASCIST” FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 13, 2022
President Joe Biden praised Taylor’s performance.
“How about James Taylor?” Biden said. “A voice that heals our soul and unites the nation.”
He signed the bill into law last month.
“Today offers proof that the soul of America is vibrant. The future of America is bright and the promise of America is real,” Biden told the crowd on the White House lawn.
At the time of the signing in August, Biden argued the “American people won, and the special interests lost.”
He added, “This administration began amid a dark time in America … a once-in-a-century pandemic, devastating joblessness, clear and present threats to democracy and the rule of law, doubts about America’s future itself — and yet we’ve not wavered, we’ve not flinched, and we’ve not given in.”
Biden also suggested the “future of America is bright, and the promise of America is real. And just beginning.”
Forbes explained the act includes funding for “making health care and prescription drugs more affordable, fighting climate change and taxing wealthy corporations.”
The outlet noted after the Senate passed the bill, Biden claimed the legislation would provide relief to Americans.
However, one early study found the act likely will not bring prices down at all.
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