He said he'd been 'itching' to perform it at the White House, and apologized to the President in advance. He was later presented Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, awarded by the Library of Congress. "I don't think there could be anything more special than to play here," The Telegraph quoted him as saying, offering to make it a regular gig. "Lunchtimes, we could come around," he added. "We're cheap."
McCartney praised Obama saying, "You have billions of us who are rooting for you and we know you are going to come through." Later, he expressed appreciation for the Library of Congress and added, "After the last eight years, it''s great to have a president who knows what a library is."