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Whole Lotta Love: Obama Honors Zeppelin

First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors

Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

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.

(Via Stereogum.)