Living While Obama: Kennedy Center Honors Gala

President Obama saluted seven stars, including David Letterman, Dustin Hoffman and Buddy Guy.

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First lady Michelle Obama and President Obama at the Kennedy Honors gala (Brendan Hoffman/Getty News Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center on Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony recognized seven individuals -- blues guitarist Buddy Guy, actor Dustin Hoffman, talk-show host David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova and the three living members of Led Zeppelin (John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) -- for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

From Vanity Fair:

And while those of us who didn't attend the Washington, D.C., ceremony will have to wait until it airs, on CBS on December 26, to view it in its entirety, the evening's best lines are already circulating the Internet.

President Obama: "I worked with speech writers ... there is no smooth transition from ballet to Led Zeppelin."

Hillary Clinton: "Dave and I have a history ... I have been a guest on his show several times, and if you include references to my pant suits, I'm on at least once a week.”

Tina Fey: "David Letterman is a professor emeritus at the Here's Some More Rope Institute."

Read more at Vanity Fair.

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