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How did our McCartney predictions pan out?

mccartneyMcCartney played "Michelle," appropriately enough. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

By Chris Richards

As Paul McCartney sang the coda of "Hey Jude" at the White House Wednesday night, we managed to sneak a few wistful sighs between the Na-Na-Na-Nas: Macca Week on Click Track was coming to a close. Today, a final recap.

- On Tuesday, we asked you to pick the song you'd most like to see McCartney sing at the White House. "Let It Be" was your top pick, and the man obliged, performing it during the program's finale suite.

- On Friday, we asked you if those strapping young Jonas Brothers were worthy of saluting Sir Paul in such an esteemed ceremony. 64% of you (as of this posting) voted yes. And you were right. The bros actually delivered one of the evening's better performances.

- And last Wednsday, I compiled a setlist-wishlist of songs I hoped to hear in the East Room. Check out how accurate (or rather, inaccurate) my predictions were after the jump.

- Stevie Wonder

What I hoped for:"We Can Work it Out."

What we got: "We Can Work it Out." Score!

- The Jonas Brothers

What I hoped for: "Band on the Run."

What we got: One of the better performances of the night, actually: "Drive My Car." Those boys can harmonize. Siblings always have some kind of magical, DNA advantage in this department.

- Emmylou Harris

What I hoped for: "Let It Be."

What we got: "For No One." Duh. She covered it on her first album.

- Jack White

What I hoped for: A nasty "Helter Skelter" duet with Grohl. Longest of longshots, but can you blame me for dreaming big?

What we got: A sparse, bluesy, nervous-sounding solo version of "Mother Nature's Son."

- Corinne Bailey Rae

What I hoped for: "Yesterday."

What we got: Her "Blackbird" duet with Herbie Hancock was touching.

- Herbie Hancock

What I hoped for: A genre-crossing duet of "Eleanor Rigby" with country singer Faith Hill.

What we got: A sorta-genre-crossing duet of "Blackbird" with folky soul singer Rae.

- Faith Hill

What I hoped for: See above. "Rigby."

What we got: "The Long and Winding Road"

- Elvis Costello

What I hoped for: "Drive My Car"

What we got: "Penny Lane." Maybe the Brothers called dibs on "Car?"

- Dave Grohl

What I hoped for: Still dreaming. "Helter Skelter," man!

What we got: Something even better: a rowdy "Band on the Run." First dude to head-bang in the East Room of the White House?

- Paul McCartney

What I wanted: A big, warm, fuzzy, unimpeachable finale of "Hey Jude" with the POTUS joining him onstage.

What we got: Exactly that, and lots more. McCartney opened with "Got To Get You in To My Life," sang with Wonder halfway through the program on "Ebony and Ivory," and closed out the show with "Michelle," "Eleanor Rigby," "Let it Be," and "Hey Jude."

By Chris Richards  |  June 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags: Corinne Bailey Rae, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Herbie Hancock, Jack White, Jonas Brothers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder  
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The people of the United States are being over run by millions of illegal aliens, the beautiful gulf coast is being destroyed, 15,000,000 Americans are unemployed, terrorists are plotting to kill Americans and the bozo Obama is hosting entertainers and basketball teams at the White House. That is on the days he is not playing golf. This incompetent president has never worked a day in his life and has never managed anything, including a lemonade stand. He is an utter failure as a president as I predicted he would be. Most of the people that voted for him wanted something for nothing at the expense of working American taxpayers or were ultra left elitists that thought it was so socially wonderful to vote for what they perceived to be a black president. He is going to destroy our military now by having openly homosexual members sharing shower rooms and foxholes with red blooded American fighting men. Watch the number of recruits for our all volunteer forces drop after that. As a veteran, I can tell you I wouldn't have volunteered if homosexuals were serving openly when we were in. When we discovered one in our ranks we strongly encouraged them to seek discharge. Obama plays while America sinks. I think that was part of his plan, as anti-American values as he is as a person. To make America fail was his goal.

Posted by: good_angel | June 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I fully agree with good-angel's assessment of the Paul McCartney honor above. You are correct in your take that Mr. McCartney's contribution to the cultural landscape has been invaluable. He is fully deserving of such an honor. And I fully agree with you that I can't wait to hear the Jonas Brother's rip into "Drive my Car." It is good to see that there are other like-minded spirits out there. You are a master commenter with the distinct ability to pair the right comment with the right article. I applaud you!

Posted by: josh18 | June 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Stay classy there good-angel. Easy on the coffee.

Posted by: M__N | June 7, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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