An eclectic group of performers attended a star-studded reception at the White House this afternoon, as President Obama honored the Kennedy Center honorees in advance of a ceremony this evening.
Obama, who has twice guested on "Late Show with David Letterman" since he took office, ribbed honoree Letterman. "It’s different when you’re not
the one with the mic, isn’t it, Dave?" Obama said "You're looking a
little stressed, aren't you?"
Other honorees were the surviving bandmates of Led Zeppelin, actor Dustin Hoffman, musician Buddy Guy and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
Obama's full remarks are below: