President Obama Applauds Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, and Mel Brooks

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts acknowledged the accomplishments of Robert De Niro, Bruce Springsteen, and Mel Brooks on Sunday by presenting the entertainers with the esteemed Kennedy Center Honors.

In his address to the honorees, President Barack Obama admitted to stealing a line from wife Michelle, saying, “The arts are not somehow apart from our national life, the arts are at the heart of our national life.”

The December 6 event also acknowledged the distinguished careers of jazz great Dave Brubeck and opera star Grace Bumbry. The Kennedy Center Honors will be broadcast December 29 on CBS in a two-hour special.

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