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McCartney Serenades First Lady

Michelle, the one song any Beatles fan had to figure would work it's way into the evening, was one of many highlights as Paul McCartney played the East Room of the White House Wednesday (6/3) in celebration of becoming the third recipient of the Gershwin Popular Song AwardSir Paul got a lot of laughs by joking he stood to be the '...first guy ever to be punched out by a president' after lustily singing 'I love you, I love you, I love you' in the song while looking directly at First Lady Michelle Obama.  A few days ago, the former Beatle nearly did end up on the receiving end of fists when a mob swarmed over his tour bus in a dangerous part of Mexico City following his concert there. (story)  The President credited McCartney for his role in the band Obama said '...helped lay the soundtrack for an entire generation', and, 'blew the walls down for everyone else' musically.  McCartney returned the compliment by telling the President 'You have billions of us who are rooting for you and we know you are going to come through.'  Later, in reference to the Library of Congress, the Gershwin prize presenter, McCartney quipped, 'After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is.'  Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and former award recipient Stevie Wonder were on hand for the evening, which ended with all, including the host and his family, crowding onstage for Hey JudePBS affiliates are scheduled to show the performance July 28.  Get a preview here.

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