June 1st, 2010
08:10 PM ET
13 years ago

McCartney prepares for White House honor

Washington (CNN) - It has been perhaps a long and winding road, but Wednesday Sir Paul McCartney will be honored by the President of the United States for his work both on and off the stage.

McCartney will be awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and then, along with a little help from some of his friends, like Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Elvis Costello, and several others, they will rock the East Room of the White House


"This is not our usual crowd, so we're going to be nervous" McCartney said at a press conference on Tuesday, then added that they "intend to try and just have fun."

McCartney said he is a big fan of President Obama and performing at the White House is a very special moment.

"I've had some great awards, I've been really lucky on that score and there have been some very special things that have happened to me but you know for an English kid growing up in Liverpool, the White House, that's pretty special," said McCartney.

Today McCartney toured the Library of Congress, rehearsed for tomorrow's concert, and held a question and answer session with reporters, who asked the musical legend about everything from performance royalties, the role of songwriters today, and the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Regarding the BP oil leak, McCartney said, "I think the fact that something like that can happen and the people who are to blame don't have the ability to instantly cap it and clean it up is something that's going to be addressed."

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  1. The reality is...

    wow... With all due respect, come on, sir, time for work.

    June 1, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. DENNA

    Now THIS is a party I'd love to have the privilege to attend. Do we have the coolest world leader or what?

    Sir Paul is right when he says that the people who are to blame for that oil leak don't have the ability to instantly cap it. I mean really, these people are in the oil business. Wouldn't you think they' have a clue?

    June 1, 2010 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |