The White House was rocked by British musical icon Elton John on Friday night

when he performed for President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden on the South Lawn to "honour the unifying and healing power of music."

According to Biden, his songs have a special importance for him.

The event is part of a partnership with A&E Networks and The History Channel, who are funding it, and is titled "A Night When Hope and History Rhyme."

so says the White House. Biden typically references a line from Irish poet Seamus Heaney in his speeches and remarks, which serves as the event's title.

According to the White House, the occasion is being held in front of Cabinet secretaries and 2,000 invited guests to celebrate John's life and legacy as well a

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When John emerged, he appeared to be taken aback by the surroundings.