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Paul McCartney’s White House Serenade

President Barack Obama presented former Beatle Paul McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, on behalf of the Library of Congress. Jim Lehrer has a look at McCartney's serenade to the president and first lady at the White House.

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    Finally tonight: A Beatle comes to the White House.

    Last night, President Obama presented Paul McCartney with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award presented by the Library of Congress recognizing lifetime achievement.

    Here is a sample from McCartney's performance in the East Room.

  • PAUL MCCARTNEY, Musician:

    The next song we would like to do is a song I have been itching to do at the White House.


    And I hope the president will forgive me if I sing this one.


    The entire concert will air July 28 on most PBS stations. It's part of the "In Performance at the White House" series.


    Again, the major developments of the day.

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