President Biden resumed what had been paused for a good while in D.C. -- namely, POTUS being in attendance for the Kennedy Center Honors ... and hosting them afterward.
JB held a reception Sunday at the White House, with this year's recipients of the lifetime achievement award being in attendance, front and center. Among those who were honored -- Lorne Michaels, Bette Midler, Berry Gordy, Justino Diaz and Joni Mitchell.
Together at last... your Kennedy Center Honorees! 🤩🌈💕— The Kennedy Center (@kencen) December 5, 2021 @kencen
Watch Dec. 22 at 9/8c on @CBS & @paramountplus as we celebrate the 44th #KCHonors class: #JustinoDíaz, #BerryGordy, #LorneMichaels, @BetteMidler, and @jonimitchell.
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There were a lot of other high profile people on hand as well -- including First Lady Jill Biden, VP Kamala Harris, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Steve Martin, David Letterman and others.
Biden -- who was suited and booted in a tux, delivered some remarks -- highlighting each person's contribution via their art -- going down the list one by one and singing their praises. He also shouted the late Steven Sondheim, who recently passed away.
Each honoree showed off their rainbow-colored ribbons that were placed around their necks, and they each stood when called upon. The whole reception lasted a little less than half an hour -- but even so, it meant a lot to folks who hadn't seen this since 2016.
President Trump snubbed the ceremony for the first three years in office -- and never hosted any of the recipients after threats of a boycott came down in 2017, his first year in office
Seems everyone was happy to get this going again in the presence of our Commander in Chief.