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While the Kennedy Center Honors celebration was taking place on Sunday, Obama had a dilemma. He was scheduled to be at two places at the same time. While the honors celebration had already started, Obama was also scheduled to make a televised speech to the American people, addressing concerns Americans have following last week’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA.
George Lucas among Obama’s arts honorees for Kennedy Center awards https://t.co/7Kl0tp5NMk
— David Emery IJ (@DemeryIJ) December 7, 2015
Obama has shown himself to be one who rarely wastes an opportunity to push his agenda. Last month, Western Journalism reported that Mr. Obama chose to infuse his Syrian refugee resettlement program during the traditional presidential Thanksgiving Day address. Readers may recall that, while he was addressing the American people in a video recording, he chided Americans for considering Syrian refugees as anything more than modern-day pilgrims.
Obama is so super serious about fighting terrorism, that he’s throwing on a tux and running over to the Kennedy Center to hang with celebs — Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) December 7, 2015
The Syrian refugee resettlement controversy is still ongoing and Obama is being met with opposition even from those within his own party. A large portion of U.S. governors are proclaiming that their states will have no part of the resettlement program for fear that ISIS terrorists are simply posing as refugees.
— U.S. News (@usnews) December 7, 2015
Sunday night was a little different for the president. Instead of promoting his thoughts on how to combat terror while speaking at the Kennedy Center Honors celebration, he simply made a quick wardrobe change, took a motorcade back to the White House, entered the oval office, gave his speech, changed back into his tuxedo, and returned to the Kennedy Center to finish the celebration with the honored guests.
At 5:15, he showed up in his tux at the Kennedy Center, met the guests at a reception, made a quick address to those honored guests, and then he left the party and the invited guests. He arrived in the oval office at 8pm, and then he made his 13-minute address to the American people. After the third wardrobe change, he was back in his tux at the Kennedy Center 22 minutes later. The Kennedy Center Honors celebration will be televised December 29th, on the CBS network.