The Rolling Stones frontman was met with a harsh reception when he said to the crowd; “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight, but I’m sure he’s listening in.”
Mick Jagger's recent quip about the ongoing Edward Snowden scandal during a concert in Washington D.C. didn't go down quite as well as he'd hoped, with his comment about President Barrack Obama listening in on the concert being met with jeers from the crowd.
The band were performing at the Verizon Center in the capital on Monday night (June 24), with Jagger taking a pop at the on-going NSA surveillance scandal at the beginning of the concert. Luckily the rest of the performance wasn't as awkward. The frontman was chatting with the crowd whilst the rest of the band warmed up behind him, discussing past concerts in the capital and how former presidents and first ladies had come down to their shows in the past. He went on to jest, “I don’t think President Obama is here tonight, but I’m sure he’s listening in,” but few people managed to see the funny side as his comments were met largely with jeers. You can watch the video - courtesy of CBS News - below and see what you think.
Obama might not have been there, but a couple of famous faces were knocking about in the crowd, including Lenny Kravitz, some of the One Direction boys (imagine seeing them perform in 50 years time) and former Miss World Lynda Carter. The Stones finished their '50 Years and Counting' tour in D.C. after a lengthy stay on the road stretching back to October. The band aren't finished yet though, and will be playing the headlining slot at the UK's Glastonbury Festival on Saturday (June 29) before doing two final shows in London's Hyde Park on July 6 and 13. And if you missed them this time round, don't worry, there's always next time.
The group finished their '50 Years and Counting' tour on Monday night (June 24)
Jagger regretted his choice of words