South Korea’s president received a standing ovation when he performed a rendition of Don McLean’s “American Pie” when he met with US President Joe Biden at the White House.
To conclude Yoon Suk-Yeol’s his six-day state visit to Washington and to celebrate the two country’s 70-year alliance, Biden hosted a state dinner on Wednesday April 26.
While on stage near the end of the evening, Biden told Yoon that he knew that “American Pie” was one of Yoon’s favorite songs and asked him to perform it.
Yoon said it had been a while since he had sang the song but took the microphone and sang out the first verse of the classic. He received a standing ovation from the crowd.
“The next state dinner we’re going to have, you’re looking at the entertainment,” Biden told the crowd afterwards.
McLean has since offered to sing his song with Yoon.
“I intend to go over to South Korea next year and sing it with the president, so that’s probably going to be another news story,” McLean told CNN. “He wanted me at the White House to sing the song, but I’m in Australia right now on tour.”