by Josh Gross
Led Zeppelin was honored Dec. 2 at a reception for Kennedy Center Honors, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the performing arts. If that wasn't enough, the speech introducing the band was given by President Barack Obama.
"There is no good transition between ballet and Led Zeppelin," Obama admitted.
After discussing the band's many contributions to the arts and the mental health of American teenagers, he also acknowledged the minor absurdity of the band being honored at The Kennedy Center.
"There were some hotel rooms trashed and mayhem all around," Obama said. "So it's fitting that we're doing this in a room with windows that are about three inches thick and Secret Service all around."
Sadly, Obama, whose brief Al Green rendition went viral, made no attempts to wail out "Immigrant Song."