February 26th, 2009
08:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Obamas praise Stevie Wonder at White House

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - To hear Barack Obama tell it, he owes Stevie Wonder plenty.

"I think it's fair to say that had I not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle might not have dated me. We might not have married," Obama said Wednesday as he and the first lady hosted a concert and award ceremony for Wonder. "The fact that we agreed on Stevie was part of the essence of our courtship."

Watch: Stevie Wonder honored

Wonder was presented with a Gershwin Award for lifetime achievement during the event, which is scheduled to air on PBS Thursday.

Wonder's tune, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours," was often played at Obama's campaign stops.

The president told guests at the White House that Wonder's music was also the soundtrack to his youth and marriage. Michelle Obama told the crowd that Wonder's love song, "You and I," had been the couple's wedding song.

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  1. Big Ed

    Stevie is the man! Talk about talent! I have enjoyed his music for years. Congratulations on a well deserved honor!

    February 26, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |