Biden-Harris to attend Kennedy Awards

Biden-Harris to attend Kennedy Awards


norman lebrecht

November 30, 2022

In a breach with the Trump cultural boycott, the full presidential team will turn out next week for DC’s big night of the arts.

Biden knows what he likes (pic).

Press release:
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today that President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff will attend the 45th Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday, December 4. Seated in the presidential box in the Opera House adjacent to the Honorees, they will join an audience of over 2,000 to pay tribute to George Clooney, Amy Grant, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and members of U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.). This is the second consecutive year of the Biden-Harris Administration in which the President, First Lady, Vice President, Second Gentleman have attended the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in the arts. The Kennedy Center is a living presidential memorial to the country’s 35th President, John F. Kennedy.


  • J Barcelo says:

    The Left supporting the Left. George Clooney, eg. Like Obama, Biden has zero interest in, or knowledge of, classical music. But photo ops and he’s all in.

    • Petros Linardos says:

      Nothing partisan: I believe the most recent US presidents who loved classical music were Carter and Nixon.

      • Sue Sonata Form says:

        Nixon had a sense of humour!! How rare is that??!! (Well, Reagan did too – of course.)

        • Violinophile says:

          Sue: Not particularly rare, actually. I don’t think Trump had much of one, but every other president in my memory had at least a half-decent one, regardless of party. But what point are you making as far as supporting the arts is concerned?

    • Andrew says:

      “Biden knows what he likes (pic).” Given his placement in said photo, I nominate this for ironic caption of the year.

    • Pedro says:

      Indeed. Trump had a very strong interest in classical music. A mixing of the idiot in Boris, L’enfant in Ravel work, Alberich, Daland, Pizarro, Curzio, Ochs, Herodes, and Paolo in Boccanegra.

    • Tom Phillips says:

      Nonsense. The right-wing in the U.S. – “populist” as it proclaims itself – despises classical music as the perogative of the “cultural elite.”

    • MMcGrath says:

      You know intimately the President’s music collection and preferences or are you making this up? Lemme guess.

      • Violinophile says:

        Ever since the Reagan years, it has been the goal of conservatives to defend, or at least take a chain saw, to the national endowments for the arts and the humanities, and also Public Television and NPR. When Newt Gingrich took control of the House in 1994, he forced President Clinton to accept massive, draconian cuts to all of these. Obama succeeded in restoring some, but not most, of those cuts. Today’s conservatives are no different. They have contempt for public support for any type of culture. You don’t need names and addresses. The record is everywhere. Actions speak louder than words.

    • trumpetherald says:

      Cadet Bone Spurs doesn´t even know,what classical music is…..the only art form he knows is porn.

  • trumpetherald says:

    Cadet bone spurs didn´t even know the meaning of the world culture,same as his followers.

    • Hayne says:

      I’ve heard said that we musicians are some of the most close minded, ignorant people who think their talent at music makes them experts in subjects they know nothing about.
      Thanks for proving that wrong.

    • Violinophile says:

      Per previous Violinophile comment on arts funding: I meant defund, not defend. Reagan wanted to “zero out” those agencies, to give even bigger tax cuts to the already super rich, mostly. As do today’s so-called conservatives and MAGAs.

      • Tamino says:

        yeah, Reagan was all about strengthening the Plutocracy. Give it all to the rich, and “trickle down” some to the masses. He succeeded to a high degree. The US is a schoolbook example of a plutocracy, yet its people delusional about their political realities. (and arguably the majority in that country might be better off being ruled by a plutocracy than by articulating their political will themselves?)

  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    Second Gentleman – I love it!

  • Petros Linardos says:

    What is the relation between the Bocelli picture and Biden comment? News or click bait? Sorry if my comments are less appropriate than those of the antiscience trolls.

  • Helen Kamioner says:

    slim pickens

  • drummerman says:

    who is the young girl?

  • Greg Bottini says:

    “Biden knows what he likes (pic).”
    What does this statement even mean? The President (any President) has never named the recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors.

  • James Weiss says:

    Those honorees are a complete joke.

    • Violinophile says:

      Probably the first and only time religious singer Amy Grant will ever be called a leftist. The people in charge of this show are obliged by the fact it is on commercial television (CBS) and the network requires a decent audience, to have mostly popular culture types, usually with one or two exceptions. If the audience drops too much, CBS won’t carry it. That’s just reality. Blame the society, not them. If you want a more highbrow show, put it on PBS. Most performers tend to be liberal, but that is just a reflection of the arts generally. I don’t think that is necessarily the goal. At least some of these are of a little interest. It’s the world we live in.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Sorry, isn’t that Jill Call-Me-Doctor Biden? Those accreditations are much rarer than the moniker “First Lady”, as well all know.

    • trumpetherald says:

      At least it´s not the hooker and her pimp,as with the clown before,,,

    • Violinophile says:

      That woman looks nothing like Jill Biden, who by the way has every right to be called a doctor because she has a doctoral degree. There are millions of people who are “doctors” but in non-medical areas. All are still doctors.

  • Colin48 says:

    I believe it’s Bocelli’s daughter, Virginia.

  • TNVol says:

    The Kennedy Center Awards has been a wokefest for leftists for alot of years now. The Award is now MEANINGLESS.

  • MMcGrath says:

    This is great news for the Kennedy Center and the arts in America!