By: David Jackson - USA Today
December 9. 2012
President Obama goes "Gangnam Style" on Sunday night, even after the creator of the dance craze apologized for an anti-American song stemming from the Iraq War. Obama and his family attend the taping of the annual "Christmas in Washington" special, which includes a performance by Korean rapper Psy.
As his song-and-dance "Gangnam Style" quickly became the most watched You Tube video of all time, Psy's past performances began to draw critical scrutiny.
In 2004, he protested the U.S.-led invasion of of Iraq with a rap song calling for the killing of "Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives," including the lyrics: "Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law, and fathers. Kill them all slowly and painfully."
In his apology, the 34-year-old singer sad that performance reflected a "deeply emotional reaction" to the Iraq war.
"I will forever be sorry for any pain I have caused by those words," he said, adding: "While I'm grateful for the freedom to express one's self, I've learned there are limits to what language is appropriate and I'm deeply sorry for how these lyrics could be interpreted."
Psy is one of several performers scheduled for the "Christmas in Washington" concert, now in its 31st year; others include Diana Ross, Demi Lovato, and Scotty McCreery.
Comedian and talk show host Conan O'Brien hosts the special, which will be taped Sunday night and airs Dec. 21 on TNT.
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Jude's Korean adventures
Alcohol in South Korea
All bars and local night establishments are filled to the brim with things you have seen in all other places like Jack Daniels and Jagermeister.
However you may spy a little green bottle with Korean writing on it and you may ask what is that? It's called Soju, my friends or 소주 for the Hangil inclined (Korean Language).
Soju is a spirit primarily made from rice, barley, potatoes or tapioca and has an average alcohol content of 20% ABV however there are some brands of Andong Soju that are upward of 45% ABV.
None the less, they will both get the job done. Soju has a taste very similar to vodka but it is slightly sweeter and easier to consume by itself.
Now we get to the matter of cost and availability; however rest assured the answer will be qiute positive. Soju is available all over South Korea from the local convenience store for 1,000 Won = roughly $1 or in a restaurant for 3,000 Won =$3. So these adult treats certainly won't set you back any considerable amount.
It alco mixes quite well with beer, cider, and energy drinks. Soju has been around since the 13th century and shows no signs of going anywhere anytime soon. So when you get the chance come on down to the Republic of South Korea and have a shot of deliciousness.