First Lady Michelle Obama was serenaded by Beatle Paul McCartney as part of a star-studded tribute concert in the East Room of the White House Wednesday night, which culminated with President Barack Obama presenting the musical icon with the Gershwin Prize for his work.
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McCartney, who repeated “I love you” to the first lady throughout the song, joked he could be the “first guy ever to be punched out by a president” for his harmless flirting.
“You have billions of us who are rooting for you and we know you are going to come through,” McCartney told the president, later joking that “after the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.”
The night ended when the entire first family joined McCartney onstage for a rousing rendition of “Hey Jude.”
Many other high profile entertainers were in attendance to perform covers of Beatles classic, such as Stevie Wonder (“We Can Work It Out“); The Jonas Brothers (“Baby You Can Drive My Car“); Corinne Bailey Rae (“Blackbird“) and Faith Hill (“Long and Winding Road“).
Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Wonder and Paul Simon.