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The 2010 Kennedy Center honorees : Oprah Winfrey, Bill T. Jones, Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney

President Obama and first lady Michelle arrive at a reception for the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House, Dec. 5

Paul McCartney clasps hands with Bill Jones as Jerry Herman applauds

Information on the recipients here

The President and First Lady attend a gala in honor of the recipients at the Kennedy Center tonight – it will be broadcast Dec. 28 on CBS.


24 Responses to “famous five”


  1. 1 dotster
    December 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    A most handsome couple, our President and First Lady. Beautiful Michelle dress. Oprah gets frisky with Paul. :) Can’t wait to see the program, but I guess we wait till Dec. 28 for broadcast?

  2. 2 Hachikō
    December 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Wowza! Flotus looks amazing. The Prez is quite dapper too. :-)

  3. 3 Kelly
    December 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    omgaaaaaaaaaah our President and First Lady just stunning!!!!! Love love FLOTUS gown.

    • December 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

      That is one sexy dress FLOTUS has on and President Obama is looking handsome as ever.

      Love that joke about the lip. I absolutely love his sense of humor.

  4. 5 globalcitizenlinda
    December 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    No wonder there is so much envy and admiration of this First Couple.

    How can one couple be endowed with so much: empathy/kindness, dignity, intelligence, self esteem and deep personal confidence, leadership without arrogance, beautiful and well-behaved kids, a cute dog and all wrapped up gorgeous exterior with a personal style that re-define beauty and handsome???? Yes, this is proof that there is a kind and generous God

  5. 9 Hachikō
    December 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Is Paul McCartney making fun of POTUS’ lip? ;-)

    • 10 globalcitizenlinda
      December 5, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, he was. From the live stream, the President thanked Sir Paul McCartney for his rendition of his song Michelle that Sir Paul performed for them in the White House. POTUS reminded Sir Paul of the Beatle’s public concern (verbalized on that performance day) that he could well be the first one punched out by a US President for complementing his wife so openely. President Obama then reassured Sir Paul, he has nothing to fear since he has already received a physical injury from B-Ball and was in no position to start more trouble for now

      • December 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

        Great summing up Linda! Will post the video as soon as it appears, it was good fun.

        • 12 theo67
          December 5, 2010 at 7:32 pm

          The gala event will be broadcast on CBS on Dec 28 – from the Kennedy Center website: “The Honors Gala will be broadcast on CBS as a two-hour prime-time special on December 28, 2010 at 9 p.m. ET/PT”

      • 13 theo67
        December 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm

        The President was really funny during the ceremony. He couldn’t get the word “superfluous” out, and said “you try saying it after 12 stitches”. He was in good form. It was also nice to see Sydney Poitier in the front row, too. The Obama’s clearly love him.

  6. 16 Little Lulu
    December 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Love these photos! First Lady Michelle looks FANTASTIC in the gorgeous dress! OMG!! What a couple we have in our White House! WOW! So cool that Oprah gets to receive this award alongside Paul McCartney! Must be beyond her wildest dreams!

  7. 17 Perry
    December 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    globalcitizenlinda, thanks for your summary of this most BLESSED couple!

  8. 18 Maritza
    December 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I just LOVE the POTUS & FLOTUS!

  9. 20 Dee
    December 5, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    The President and First Lady Michelle look amazing. Her gown was beautiful. Thanks Chipsticks for the video that was so cute and funny.

  10. 21 moi
    December 5, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    folks let me just say this:

    there is a lot going on right now in the world. we really are at a crossroad, worldwide. Asia is rising and a lot of real production is moving there to find the cheapest mass production possible. To me that sums ups the slow economic recovery.

    For a long time, Americans were living on heavy personal spending and borrowing. When the crisis hit with the banks, a lot of people lost both their jobs and ability to make payments on their debt. The manufacturing sector has moved to developing countries to find the cheapest labor and lowest standards of regulation. what can an advanced nation do to reverse this?

    The focus of all of our leaders and businesses should be on getting people back to work. I don’t care how that gets done.

    Until that work is done we will keep hearing a lot of griping and whining and turmoil in the political world because the opposition is fueled by people’s unease and their sense of helplessness. Naturally, they hold the highest heads accountable, and that is the president and democrats right now.

    Frankly, as someone who is not an economist I have no idea how to QUICKLY get as many people working again as possible in a solvent way(tax cuts for wealthy or business people) or govt spending on services provided by the govt. but contracted to private businesses?

    How to do this is hard for me to crack my brain around because I am no expert. I get irritated when people play expert and insist on one policy prescription and essentially hold their party accountable if they don’t go with their views.

    But I know that all the heated rhetoric is about unemployment. If it gets down to a good level, people of all stripes will feel much better at ease about everything.

    I hope the president is well advised on keeping the recovery strong and he buries his head in facts and the long term view and not get distracted by pettiness. I hope the country rallies behind facts and reason and not spin and emotional appeals for uproar every five minutes.

    I hope that once again, American ingenuity wins and we recover stronger and lay a better foundation for the future going forward.

    In the meantime, folks, don’t get upset over dissent and pettiness(at times it’s all pettiness). Critique honestly if you need to but we need to also recognize that the president’s intentions are good because in his career his actions have been that of a progressive, reasonable pol. the democratic senators have been missing in defending this president and have left the vacuum for a very stubborn opposition.

    These are tough times, but we shall overcome together.

    • 22 Kelly
      December 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      I understand the frustration but the president and “we the people” can’t do it alone. Unfortunate that when our nation needed and still needs all hands on deck, the Republicans in congress and some blue dog Democrats in congress, have decided to sit back, collect their pay checks and obstruct progress. Why have they decided to vote against the people and vote to supply fat cats with tax cuts they don’t need? Tax cuts which will cost us billions and cost the middle class/lower class more emotional stress as well as financial stress? and will of course slow the economy again? Obstruction of progress and intense hate of the president. Their main goal is to see this pres fail. Fortunate for us their bad minded intent is not being fulfilled. All they have is their propaganda news backing them up. Facts show POTUS is doing well which means we the people are doing well.

      *sigh* Its unfortunate that big corporations are not hiring when they know they can afford to and need to. Big business have earned their highest earnings in years but instead of letting that trickle down, instead of hiring the people, they continue holding the economy hostage. It’s very sickening. And don’t get me started on MSM hand holding the Republican party. and now those disgusting leftbaggers…gaaaaaah smh, I don’t know how our President accomplishes so much under this duress. bless.

      • 23 EDP4BHO
        December 5, 2010 at 11:13 pm

        Actually, Kelly, this whole economic situation and the nastiness surrounding any legislation to alleviate the problems is beginning to weigh on the president. I see a back thought, for want of a better description, in his speech these days. He knows he is dealing with buttholes in the congress, and some of them and the media are trying to paint him into a corner. Only he and the good Lord know how he will come out swinging. I pray that he is forceful and correct with himself first and foremost. We will have to accept his decisions as we know that they will be for what he considers the good of the country. The rest can take a high dive off a steep cliff.

      • 24 geegee
        December 5, 2010 at 11:17 pm

        Unlike us, I think POTUS & FLOTUS block out/rise above all the noise and nonsense. They so much as said so on the B, Walters special.


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