McCartney gets his Gershwin at White House

McCartney SoundCheck wasn’t invited, for some reason, but we do have some details about Wednesday evening’s concert honoring the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize recipient Paul McCartney, courtesy of White House and foreign pool reports.

President Obama, the First Lady and daughters Malia and Sasha feted McCartney in the East Room with an audience estimated at a few hundred. In his prepared remarks, the president said McCartney and the Beatles “helped to lay the soundtrack for an entire generation.” (He said nothing about Wings, apparently.)

Saying, “I hope the president will forgive me,” McCartney slyly sang a version of “Michelle,” later joking he’d be “the first guy ever to be punched out by a president.” He also performed “Got to Get You Into My Life,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.”

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