Pop and politics: … no, not this, but this.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President-elect George W. Bush (news – web sites) drew more cheers than the platinum-selling pop singers with whom he shared the stage on Friday during a pre-inauguration youth concert.

Pop acts Destiny’s Child, Jessica Simpson, Lee Ann Womack and 98 Degrees performed and Bush briefly addressed the thousands who attended the two-and-a-half-hour event at the MCI Center in Washington. A number of Bush Cabinet nominees spoke at the event in between the performances.

Several singers mixed politics with their music.

Destiny’s Child singer Beyonce encouraged the crowd to “say Bush” when she was not exhorting them to wave their hands in the air. Jessica Simpson changed the chorus of one of her hit singles to: “George, I think that I’m in love with you/I’ve been doing silly things when it comes to you.”

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