Norman Lear, LL Cool J, Carmen de Lavallade, Gloria Estefan, and Lionel Richie were celebrated at last night’s Kennedy Center Honors. Meanwhile, Donald Trump made history, too.
As we told you before, he became the first sitting president who skipped out on the annual kudofest to avoid being a “political distraction.”
For the record, the other three times in history a president didn’t attend was because of a national crisis or convention. Trump’s decision came after both Norman and Carmen refused to attend a White House reception.
But even though Trump wasn’t there, he wasn’t far from the discourse. “We happen to have somebody in the White House who doesn’t care about the arts and humanities," Lear said. "I think he was smart to stay away and stay out of town — which is something he does on weekends anyway. Nothing new.”
- In fact, Deborah Rutter, the president of the Kennedy Center, said in a recent interview that it's a shame POTUS didn't participate, “This is the moment, year after year, when the President of the United States — the most senior individual in the land — comes to pay respects to artists. The arts are a reflection of what’s happening in America. We miss the president, we’re sorry he’s not here — but we totally get it.”
- If you weren't fancy pants enough to be there - don't worry, the festivities will be aired on CBS December 26th.
Source: New York Times