Yoon sings ‘American Pie’ at state dinner
WASHINGTON — It turns out South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol can sing.
At the end of a festive dinner at the White House on Wednesday, President Joseph R. Biden, first lady Jill Biden, President Yoon and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, moved from the East Room to the State Dining Room for the entertainment part of the evening, a string of professionally performed Broadway musical numbers.
After Broadway stars Norm Lewis, Lea Salonga and Jessica Vosk sang a handful of soaring pieces, including selections from Les Miserables and Funny Girl, Jill Biden announced a special encore: a serenade by the singers of the pop song “American Pie,” a Mr. Yoon favorite.
It didn’t end there. When the singers finished, President Biden and President Yoon took the stage and Mr. Biden invited Mr. Yoon, because of his love of the song, to give it a whirl himself.
Mr. Yoon did just that, taking a mic and belting out the first stanzas of the song, in English and in tune, while an astounded Mr. Biden and a delighted crowd, including actress Angelina Jolie, looked on.
“Something touched me deep inside, the day the music died,” he finished, sparking a standing ovation and loud applause from the audience and the Broadway singers, who were still on stage.
Mr. Biden told Mr. Yoon he had “no damn idea” he could sing, and then presented him with a guitar signed by Don McLean, who wrote the song. — Reuters