White House officials were busy pinching themselves wondering if this was “really happening” as Paul McCartney took the stage in the East Room to accept the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
McCartney of course gave a little concert that included “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” and as the first couple held hands, “Michelle.”
Stevie Wonder was on hand to perform “Ebony and Ivory” with McCartney, a song that is pretty dated but I guess works just right for a performance before America’s first black president. Others who appeared and gave renditions of Sir Paul’s songs included Elvis Costello Dave Grohl, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill and, in what I guess was a special treat for Sasha and Malia, the Jonas Brothers.
Nancy Pelosi was also on hand. She offered her rendition of “Helter Skelter.”
OK, that last part is not true.
McCartney couldn’t help but engage in a bit of Bush bashing, thanking the Library of Congress for the award and saying “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.”
Here’s the superb pool report by Christina Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo.