The Kennedy Center Honors

5:20: President Obama delivers remarks at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception, East Room

Also at White House Live


7:30: The President and First Lady attend the Kennedy Center Honors, Kennedy Center

Don’t think this will shown tonight – will be aired on CBenghaziS on December 29… presumably Billy Joel will be ‘singing’ (sic) πŸ˜•

122 Responses to “The Kennedy Center Honors”

  1. 10 LadyTNT
    December 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    This slow Sunday is working out well for me!!

  2. 13 LadyTNT
    December 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I didn’t get a good look at the dress, but I know it’s a pretty green!!

  3. 14 vcprezofan2
    December 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Way to go LadyT & COS!

  4. 26 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    First Lady Michelle Obama looks AMAZING!!!!

  5. 39 Judith Fardig
    December 8, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I love the Kennedy Center Honors in the age of Obama!

    • 40 hopefruit2
      December 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      I may be wrong, but something tells me that you didn’t pay a whole lotta attention to it prior to 2009… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. December 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    The President is praising Billy Joel.

    ROMNEY 2012!

  7. 54 LadyTNT
    December 8, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    There’s Chips’ man, Billy!!!

  8. 59 anniebella
    December 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I did see that FLOTUS gown is green.

  9. 61 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  10. 64 isonprize
    December 8, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS as a two-hour primetime special Dec. 29 at 9 PM ET.(The Kennedy Center Honors medallions were presented Dec. 7, the night before the gala, at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry.)

  11. 65 99ts
    December 8, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    So I’m watching the replay – I love these people – they are honored and they also honor their President. This is a two way love affair with every one of these recipients and the President.

  12. 66 criquet
    December 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Just shows how much of a false narrative the MSM is ginning up:

  13. December 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm


    There can be no other explanation for Paul’s reasoning other than people want to stay unemployed, otherwise he wouldn’t think that taking away unemployment benefits creates job opportunities. This veers dangerously close to the β€œlazy urban” narrative that Republicans favor. It is not accurate to suggest that starving will create jobs. So this is not a good plan for jobs or for the unemployed.

  14. December 8, 2013 at 6:08 pm

  15. 75 Linda
    December 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I saw Chris Matthews interviewing M Night Saymalan (sic) yesterday on Book TV . Night did an analysis of a 2 year study on Education in America and wrote a book titled ” I’ve been schooled ”

    He made a comment that was very interesting …. He said if the scores of from the Students in the inner cities are removed from that recent study that looked so terrible for the US….removing those scores , The US is # 1 in every category.

    The problem is the poor education in our cities…..and somewhat in rural areas.

    • 76 vcprezofan2
      December 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Not sure the assessment re removing scores of inner city students is ‘valuable’. Inner city students ARE American students and something needs to be done to bring them up to par education-wise.

      • 77 theo67
        December 8, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        Indeed – the poor are already fairly invisible, and the GOP are working hard to make them even more invisible. Excluding them from the scores, when they actually number a fair proportion of the population, is pointless. Only 1% is wealthy, and the middle class is dwindling.

        • 78 vcprezofan2
          December 8, 2013 at 6:52 pm

          Also, pointing fingers at them in this way is IMO another way to class them as ‘other’, to lay blame, if you will. See, if it weren’t for *those* inner city students the U.S. would be on top. Well, she isn’t, so how can we address the inadequacies in the system to better serve our inner city students?

          • 79 Linda
            December 8, 2013 at 6:57 pm

            He was making the point that our system fails the inner city students…….

            • 80 vcprezofan2
              December 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm

              Thanks for clarification, Linda (still wish he hadn’t worded it quite that way. I’m sensitive about it I guess).

          • 81 hopefruit2
            December 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

            I didn’t interpret it quite that way – I think he’s actually laying blame at the inequality in the US educational and economic system which causes these children to underachieve.

            • 82 vcprezofan2
              December 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

              I hear you and Linda both….now. That was one of my (rare?) trigger reactions. I can’t imagine why. πŸ˜‰

              • 83 hopefruit2
                December 8, 2013 at 7:16 pm

                No problem vc! Actually I think most people would have a similar initial reaction as you and theo did, because many times, that’s exactly how this underachievement gap is presented – as a failure of the inner city students and their families.

                So don’t worry! Glad we were able to clarify for you πŸ™‚

          • 84 theo67
            December 8, 2013 at 7:47 pm

            I agree – it’s in really poor form. (Hey, VC!) πŸ™‚

      • 89 hopefruit2
        December 8, 2013 at 6:54 pm

        I think Saymalan’s point is exactly your point vc (and Linda’s point as well) – that the problem is not with US Education system per se relative to other countries – but within the US educational system, there are gaps in educational attainment due to systemic differences in the quality of education afforded by various groups in the US. The inner cities are dragging down the average scores because the students in those districts are under-performing – not because of their intellectual ability but because of deficiencies in their social and educational environment.

        • 90 Linda
          December 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm


          That is what is what he was saying…….

        • 91 vcprezofan2
          December 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm

          Thank you, Hf and Linda, for clarifying. Not having seen the clip or read the article or whatever, I confess that ‘taking the inner city out, we’d be perfect’ struck a nerve. Can you tell I’m an inner city child?

    • 92 99ts
      December 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      Maybe reflecting how the money is allocated for education in the states – the inner city areas are where the majority go to government run schools – which are being starved of funds by GOP governors

  16. 93 forus50
    December 8, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  17. December 8, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  18. 98 utaustinliberal
    December 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  19. December 8, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  20. 103 vcprezofan2
    December 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Serious Testing ➑ :halo: :angel: :innocence: :smirk:

  21. 105 desertflower
    December 8, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    How many adjectives can you use to describe this couple? Amazing, radiant, dazzling,extraordinary,GLOWING, magnificent,…..my head is swimming! Just beautiful πŸ™‚ Love the dress for this occasion.

  22. 112 Layla
    December 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Is it me or do these microphones (top pic) look like little faces..

  23. 118 Anjo
    December 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Luv the new meaning of msnbc

  24. 119 mtmarilyn
    December 8, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! That dress!!!!! Our first couple the most handsome ever!!!!! Are we going to get to watch the honors online?

    We just got back from the mountains and our day of tree cutting. It had warmed all the way up to 4. There wasn’t any wind and lots of sunshine so it was a beautiful day. We found beautiful trees and kept warm with wonderful hot chocolate and baileys Such a wonderful family tradition.

    Now to have another cup of the hot chocolate and maybe a nap before putting up the tree.

  25. 120 anniebella
    December 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    FLOTUS looks lovely.

  26. 122 globalcitizenlinda
    December 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    mission : enjoy the show

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