Obama on Led Zeppelin: Kennedy Center Honors celebrates British rock band. (VIDEO)
Whole Lotta Love: Barack Obama Honors Led Zeppelin
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Dec. 3 2012 4:43 PM

Whole Lotta Love: Obama Honors Zeppelin

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First lady Michelle Obama andPresident Barack Obama atthe Kennedy Center Honors

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Jack Shafer probably doesn't care, but the Kennedy Center Honors were held yesterday, and the President of the United States joined many boldface names to pay tribute to Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Buddy Guy, Natalia Makarova—and Led Zeppelin.

Zeppelin were a British band, of course, and so, when Obama praised their accomplishments, he emphasized how the "Brits initially kept their distance," while "Led Zeppelin grabbed America from their opening chord." You can watch his full remarks below.

David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com. 

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