Macca sings for Obama

By | Published on Friday 4 June 2010

Paul McCartney performed at the White House yesterday, singing a number of songs, including the ballad ‘Michelle’, which he directed at Barack Obama’s wife Michelle. I don’t think it was quite Marilyn Monroe’s ‘Happy Birthday, Mr President’ – at least, I hope it wasn’t – though McCartney did say after performing the song that he might be the “first guy ever to be punched out by a president”.

McCartney was at the White House to collect the previously reported Gershwin Prize For Popular Song, the third person to receive it after Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. Also performing songs by the former Beatle in the Library Of Congress’ East Room were Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Corinne Bailey Rae, Emmylou Harris and Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, The Jonas Brothers, and Jack White, while comedian Jerry Seinfeld did some Macca-based jokes.

On stage, McCartney told the assembled audience: “I don’t think there could be anything more special than to perform here”.

The show will be broadcast on US TV next month.