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Obama's latest injustice: One Direction at the White House

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obamaonedirection.jpg(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In the final days of the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama called in favors from some of music's heaviest hitters, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen, to play some rallies for him. Whether these pop luminaries' presence alongside Obama had any direct effect on voting is unknown but it certainly didn't hurt. But the latest pop alignment for the president is the new hyperpopular boy-band One Direction. That's right: the president hasn't only eschewed good music, he's done it for a BRITISH boy band. Unamerican, indeed. As if the group hadn't done enough damage to our fragile nation by sullying the reputation of Drew Brees, now they'll return to the scene of one of Britain's greatest crimes against America (not including Madonna's accent) and sing for the President. To be fair, the President wants to invite the lads as a thank you to his daughters for their help on the campaign. But, still, I shudder. If Mitt Romney had won, he would have had the good sense to invite a true American patriot like Michael McDonald or, if he was feeling frisky, Toad The Wet Sprocket.

Like all of Facebook, I now weep for America.

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