June 3rd, 2010
09:10 AM ET
4 years ago

Paul McCartney plays hits at White House

Washington (CNN) – A long and winding road brought Sir Paul McCartney to the White House on Wednesday, where he was honored by the president of the United States and performed some of the most famous songs from his catalogue with the Beatles and after.

President Barack Obama awarded McCartney the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, such as Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others, McCartney rocked the East Room of the White House.

Obama noted McCartney had been involved in writing more than 200 songs that had made the charts of bestsellers, and his songs had stayed on those charts for a cumulative total of over 32 years. McCartney shook his head in wonder at that fact.

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  1. phoenix86

    Unfortunately, McCartney couldn't resist demeaning the US Presidency with an insult to a former president.

    I guess for all his fame and riches, McCartney is still uneducated and boorish.

    June 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. Jane

    Yep another non US citizen invited to mock a previous US president. Why do we honor these loosers anyway? Another case of a rich millionaire having loose lips and swooning another in our WH.

    June 3, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. Greg Pottstown PA

    I wonder if Obama was thinking about a long and winding road to stopping an OIL SPILL.

    June 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  4. Richard Joiner

    Paul McCartney like it or not is a genius who proved time and time again that he can write,produce and perform with the best of them.

    June 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Congratulations Sir Paul McCartney!!!

    June 3, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Angus McDugan

    Americans are so caught up in worshiping entertainers. I just can't understand this. Please realize that entertainers are just that. They are like an organ grinder's monkey. They will put on a little dance then scramble around on the ground to grab up the money we throw at them for the dance.

    Entertainers provide a service which we pay for.

    June 3, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  7. Odele

    I have been a huge fan of Paul McCartney for a long time and he is well deserving to receive this award .
    However to be a guest at the White House and make derogatory remarks about a previous President is rude and unacceptable.
    Americans should be outraged and not tolerate such behavior.

    June 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Chad from Tampa

    Obama sure has his priorities in order. Parties at the White house are more important than focusing on the Guld oil leak. Loser!

    June 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. The reality is...

    Unsecured borders, gulf oil mess, unemployment rising, Israel on the brink of war, Afghanistan, etc.... and our Commander in Chief is kicking back with a rock star.

    June 3, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  10. obama victim

    so the gulf coast is wallowing in oil...and this loser Obozo goes on vacation in Chicag, only to come back for a McCartney show...aren't we all just soooooo proud

    June 3, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Mark from Louisiana

    I love McCartney's music but his political views are weird enough to keep me from buying his music.

    June 3, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Thomas, Illinois

    Way to go Paul–You earned it.. You paid your dues...

    June 3, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. David

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? While our oceans are being destroyed he's getting a free concert? The media would have burned bush on a stick for this.

    June 3, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Dean

    President Barack Obama awarded McCartney the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, such as Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and others, McCartney rocked the East Room of the White House.

    Maybe he can get aqnother round of golf in or shoot some hoops before his trip to the gulf....................Do you like the change so far??????

    June 3, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |