ABC News correspondent John Berman reports that
Grown Iraqi men get misty-eyed by the mere mention of his name. "I love Lionel Richie," they say. Iraqis who do not understand a word of English can sing an entire Lionel Richie song. . . .(Hat tip to Will Bunch at Attytood.)
There obviously something up there. The more [he and Richtie talked during an interview], the more he theorized as to the reasons his music might be so popular here. He thinks it is because of the simple message in his music: Love. . . .Richie was no supporter of the war, but he says he could see a day when he would come and perform in Baghdad. I would love to be here for that. I have reported many stories here in Iraq, many of them sad, some inspiring, but none of them quite like this.