Last night, President Barack Obama honored singer Carole King with the the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The celebration took the form of a concert, featuring James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, and Trisha Yearwood. It will air next week on PBS stations across the nation.
But the White House has released President Obama's speech to honor King:
The president's remarks begin with this quip:
Thank you. I have to say that as the podium came out, which meant that was my cue, my mother-in-law said, "Oh, shoot." (Laughter.) True story -- she was getting into the music. (Laughter.) Welcome to the White House, everybody.
Seating, according to the pool, was as follows: "Front row seats of honor were occupied by the president and First Lady, Vice President Joe Biden, Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Mrs. Kathy LaHood and Librarian of Congress James Billington."