The Obamas honored Stevie Wonder on Wednesday night during a concert in the East Room of the White House held to celebrate the musician being awarded the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
The president candidly discussed the importance role that Wonder played in his own romantic life with the First Lady, calling it “the essence of our courtship,” explaining that if he had not been a Stevie Wonder fan, Michelle would never had dated him, let alone married him.
FLOTUS opened the event, and explained that she grew up listening to Stevie Wonder’s music with her grandfather. Years later, she said she “discovered what Stevie meant when he sang about love. Barack and I chose the song, ‘You and I’ as our wedding song.” A chorus of “awws” from the crowd. FLOTUS continued, that Wonder’s music has been connecting with fellow artists and fans for 40 years, adding that he recently performed with the Jonas Brothers, “thrilling a new generation of young girls, including our own.”
He called Stevie Wonder’s music “the soundtrack of my youth,” saying he found in it “peace and inspiration, especially in difficult times.” He then mirrored his wife’s comments, saying: “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. The fact that we agreed on Stevie was part of the essence of our courtship.”
The award was presented, and after a long ovation, Wonder spoke. “President and Mrs. Obama, I’m so excited to know that I was a part of” – he said, pausing for some laughter from the audience. “I needn’t say more.” POTUS, standing to Wonder’s left, sported a broad smile, and then looked down to his wife in the front row.
You got to love our President…”Give it up for Stevie Wonder“! He did not say it once, but twice! I am so proud to be African American.
No long commentary today, the PBS special speaks volumes.
Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House. If you missed it…Here it is! Enjoy! Watch the full broadcast of “In Performance at the White House – Celebrating the Music of Stevie Wonder.”
The second performance of the evening after the opening performance by Stevie Wonder is Esperanza Spalding. She is an upcoming jazz artist, she “kills” it! The girl has incredible vocal and bass/string skills. I am instant fan!