By Emily Goodin - 05/23/13 01:44 AM EDT
President Obama took a moment to remember those affected by the tornado in Oklahoma during a tribute to singer Carole King Wednesday night at the White House.
"Eventually, life will go on and new memories will be made. New laughter will come. New songs will be sung," he said. "And that's often why we turn to music during trying times -- for comfort and for inspiration, and sometimes just for a good diversion."
The president also cracked a mother-in-law joke.
"I have to say that as the podium came out, which meant that was my cue, my mother-in-law said, 'Oh, shoot.' True story -- she was getting into the music," he said.
Unlike previous White House concerts -- most memorably in February, 2012, when B.B. King was honored -- there were no reports of Obama singing.
King, who was presented the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song earlier in the day, was taking part at an "In Performance at the White House."
It will air on PBS stations on May 28.
Performers at the concert included James Taylor, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sande, and Trisha Yearwood, according to a White House pool report.