Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman

Don't trash the White House, he warns rock legends
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2012 1:09 AM CST
Updated Dec 3, 2012 2:45 AM CST
Obama Honors Led Zeppelin, Letterman, Hoffman
President Obama shakes hands with Dustin Hoffman during a White House reception for Kennedy Center Honors recipients.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and guitarist Buddy Guy were among an eclectic group of performers awarded Kennedy Center Honors last night. At a White House receptions before the awards gala, President Obama joked that the group had "no business being on the same stage together," the Los Angeles Times reports. "We’ve got Buddy Guy sitting next to Dustin Hoffman. We've got Dave Letterman alongside one of the greatest ballerinas of all time," Obama said. "I don't think Dave dances." Dustin Hoffman and ballerina Natalia Makarova also earned honors.

All three surviving members of Led Zeppelin were in attendance and Obama quipped that the rockers might treat the White House the way they did hotel rooms in their '70s heyday, Politico reports. "These guys also redefined the rock and roll lifestyle. We do not have video of this," the president said. "But there was some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around. So it's fitting that we’re doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick—and Secret Service all around. So, guys, just settle down. These paintings are valuable." (More Led Zeppelin stories.)

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