Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were performing in Washington D.C. on Monday night when the singer threw some shade in the direction of President Barack Obama, who was not in attendance.
"I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in," the 69-year-old rocker told the crowd, according to tweets from the show. The reference to the NSA's domestic surveillance program reportedly drew boos, though it's unclear if they were voicing discontent at Jagger's quip or the president himself.
Conservatives were quick to jump on the comment. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tweeted the quote Tuesday morning, much to the delight of his followers (in less than 2 hours, the below tweet dialed up three times the number of retweets as Rand's previous tweet, which was posted 20 hours ago).
A David Maraniss biography of Obama revealed that the president and Jagger actually have quite a history -- if impersonating someone counts. A college age Obama was known to do an impression of Jagger. "He could do the walk, the strut, the face," writes Maraniss in "Barack Obama: The Story."
The two also sang together at a White House event celebrating the blues.
Jagger has revealed himself to be a conservative, expressing his fondness for the late Margaret Thatcher and his dismay at the way her death was celebrated by her political opponents.
UPDATE: Jagger took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to comment on the show and President Obama's words on climate change.
Was a great show in Washington DC last night ending our US tour. BTW I applaud President Obama's new climate change plans, very refreshing.
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) June 25, 2013