June 2, 2010: President Obama presents Sir Paul McCartney with the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the White House East Room.
Upon accepting his award, the former Beatle quipped: “After the last eight years, it’s great to have a president who knows what a library is.”
McCartney serenades First Lady Michelle Obama with “Michelle.”
The President and First Lady watch the performance in the audience.
McCartney also said that he chose “Michelle” because he wanted to be the first person ever “punched” by a president.
In his remarks, Obama called McCartney “legendary” and “the most successful songwriter in history.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld also attended the event. Full coverage of the event is here.