Obama Cracks Jokes At White House Reception For Kennedy Center Honorees

President Obama joked during his remarks at a White House event Sunday honoring the winners of the Kennedy Center Honors, according to a White House pool report. 

From the report:

On stage are Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, [ballerina] Natalia Makarova, [Led Zeppelin’s] John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. …


POTUS ribbed Hoffman over fact Robert Redford already has award.


He teased Letterman that on this night the tables are turned and POTUS is controlling the mic tonight. He said Letterman was looking uncomfortable. 


Said he worked with speechwriters and  there just is “no smooth transition from ballet to Led Zeppelin.”


Said band is know for rowdy behavior and it’s a good thing event is happening in room with three inch thick windows and Secret Service. 

After the reception in the East Room, Obama is will attend the performance and gala for the honorees at the Kennedy Center.

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