President Obama Thinks Led Zeppelin 'Still Rock'

Band honored at White House by the President.

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Led Zeppelin have been honored for their contribution to American culture and the arts, with tributes to the band being led by none other than President Barack Obama. The group, along with actor Dustin Hoffman and TV personality David Letterman were recipients of this year's Kennedy Centre Honors.

Obama gave the following tribute:

"When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming,"

"There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people's jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, a drummer who played like his life depended on it,"

"It's been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album ... but even now, 32 years after John Bonham's passing - and we all I think appreciate the fact - the Zeppelin legacy lives on."

The president thanked band for not trashing the White House, given their history of "hotel rooms being trashed and mayhem all around" before concluding: "we honor Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!"

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    Elderer
    I smiled while reading this. LED ZEPPELIN
    60s&70s
    Yeah, me too. I hope the whole world, organisations and goverments get togheter and give them recognition behind recognition to put them together again ... cause they still rock!
    I.shower.naked
    I have to agree with Obama.
    JimDawson
    One thing I have noticed about Obama is that he tends to take his time to think about things before he says them. This video is no different. Say what you will, but I think the US could be far worse off than having Obama as president.
    xonty
    He's got my vote
    RndyW0
    He's got mine and I don't even live in America. It seems me and this Obama chap have at least one thing in common though and it's probably the best thing to have in common; Zeppelin fans.
    Johnny_Ibanez
    Dear USA, When you've finished with Obama, please can we have him? Thanks, UK
    little_boy
    We need him the most, thus we have priority. Obama Portugal needs YOU *insert uncle sam image*
    Sammy Mantis
    Hell, you can take him now!
    eVwaylon
    Agreed! This is my favorite thing Obama has done in office. Forget hail to the chief. HAIL TO ZEPPELIN!!! Although it doesn't matter if u like the man's politics or not, any person in his position would do the same.
    saint_berzerker
    Yes, he can magically make your unemployment go from 20% to 40% in less than 2 years. He's amazing.
    DisarmGoliath
    I guess you're completely oblivious to the similar problems faced almost everywhere else in the world, in places where Obama has little-to-no influence then...
    babinator93
    Obama knows him some kickass rock and roll \M/,! Please don't make this political UG. A president's job is more than governing, it's also being a good face for the government. And endorsing Zeppelin is a good face. Now shut it.
    Calymos
    Next up on UG- a bunch of ignorant people talking about things that have no relevance. Obama digs Zeppelin? Cool.
    jakka93
    Not going to lie, he stared right into my soul the end of that video.
    Firehawk2410
    ..and thousands of young Americans probably said "what's a Led Zeppelin?" Anyway, this is really cool to see a rock band being honored by the president. They have probably influenced American culture more than they realize.
    AguangaJeff
    When Ryan said he was a rock fan, you idiots bashed him because he wasn't on your team (Democrat). When your dear leader reads a tele-prompter speach some professional speach writer wrote for him about Led Zeppelin, you all swoon like 12 year olds at a Bieber concert. You libs are a gullible, and effeminate lot.
    j_mo_4
    This is just awesome. Just one more reason Obamas good in my book. Zeppelin will live forever.
    sn00ze
    And now imagine Mitt Romney giving this speech
    Josh Reubenking
    Romney: "These guys have my respect because they make so much money. Not quite as much as me, but enough."
    samhell
    Folks around here would proclaim Led Zepplin "Republikaaaannss!!" and call for them to be burned at the stake.
    guitar7masta
    Doesn't even make sense. Try harder next time.
    samhell
    Don't know what to tell ya. Its a complete sentence written in the best English public education can buy. I'd recommend trying harder with reading comprehension.
    guitar7masta
    The joke.... the joke doesn't make sense. There is normally some semblance of truth in a joke.
    DopeDanny
    Fuck what that big mouth thinks stop talking about bands and do your god damn job and fix the ****in country....
    Crimson.King
    A president doesn't fix or fk up this country all by himself...it's a team effort between president/congress/senate/supreme court.
    Sammy Mantis
    Funny, when it was Bush everything was the president's fault. with Obama, the president is suddenly just a tiny part of the big picture and isn't accountable for anything.
    Crimson.King
    I never said that. Bush couldn't tie his own shoelaces without help. Or as I wrote in a song during the Bush era: He's the leader of the free world, Grand Poobah of the brass He doesn't need a speech writer He needs an English class!
    samhell
    Amen to that. Whatever happened to this "fiscal cliff" we are all (except for him and his cronies) about to plummet over? I'm all for rock n' roll but his ass is getting paid to do leader type things, not pander.
    Sammy Mantis
    Exactly, why is it any time I hear about this guy he's golfing, rubbing elbows at some celebrity banquet, or on Letterman? Start working on getting this country back on track Obama.
    npo123
    Posters of UG, please don't respond to these last three comments. I don't think I can take another ignorance filled argument with these guys.
    samhell
    God forbid someone has a differing opinion! I'll tell you, for a bunch of liberals preaching peace and tolerance ya'll are the most hostile and intolerant bunch I've ever seen.
    CultofSG
    Coming from the guy who said "Amen to that" in response to a post beginning with "Fuck what that big mouth thinks"...
    samhell
    ADD? Guess you didn't notice the rest of the part that said "stop talking about bands and do your god damn job and fix the ****in country...."
    Mr_Mojo_Risin'
    Cause he is just a puppet for the Illuminati. He's not actually supposed to do anything except get his face out there.
    TheSlyFooX
    I knew Obama was cool. I think we can all agree that Bush or Romney wouldn't have known so much about/liked Led Zeppelin. If you don't like Led Zeppelin, then you don't have a soul.
    Sammy Mantis
    Why couldn't Bush or Romney be fans of Led Zeppelin? Because they're Republican that must mean that they're both a couple of ignorant, racist, country music loving rednecks right? For such a "peaceful" and "tolerant" bunch, liberals always seem to be the first ones ready to stereotype and crucify someone. I think Zeppelin is one of the most overrated bands ever, although I like a handful of their songs. Do I get at least part of a soul?
    guitar7masta
    Morons tend to generalize regardless of political affiliation or personal belief. How ironic it is for you to chastise someone for generalizing then in the same breath go on to generalize the liberals in America.
    Sammy Mantis
    I'm pretty comfortable generalizing when it comes to liberals. Very slim margin of error concerning that bunch.
    guitar7masta
    Yes, you could say the same for every generalization. It's bad enough you generalize, it's even worse when it's such a broad idea. Liberalism is more than the radical comments from the Huffington Post, believe it or not.
    samhell
    Prove it.
    INstaNt-RocK
    Oh boy, never thought I'd hear 'radical' used to describe the Huff. But then again, in America a handful of anaemic liberals is the closest you're ever likely to get to the Left. Shame, shame.
    ne14t
    Obama is a Zeppelin lover, **** ya, being Canadian I couldn't legally vote for Obama, but that didn't stop me. If this was Mitt Romney something tells me he would be giving the award to the KKK's current Imperial Wizard.....ZEPPELIN RULES!
    RJDfan666
    My fellow Americans, You need Kool-Aid.
    RJDfan666
    lol, it saddens me that my Led-Zeppelin reference got so many thumbs downs. people these days.
    Second Rate
    It's so nice to know that our tax dollars are being well spent on pressing matters like bestowing government awards on an English rock band. We have no money, but we can afford to support crap like this. All this talk about government cuts and no one wants to offer any, i have a suggestion... how about we start with cutting this Kennedy Centre Honors crap. As musicians, do we really need a government bureaucrat to convey an award on people to let us know who's influential? John Bonham is one of the reasons i became interested in drumming, i don't need Barack Obama to tell me how influential he is. So yeah, cut the Kennedy Centre Honors.
    Voodoochile711
    Say what you will about Obama as a leader, but as a person he is obviously a pretty cool guy; any man who loves a little Zeppelin is ok in my book.
    hardrocker64
    what a worthless leader america voted in. he gets props for this waste and does 0 for our country
    samhell
    Pandering...
    guitar7masta
    Because as we all know, he is up for reelection....
    samhell
    WTF? Pandering isn't used solely for elections... I don't know if you are in the U.S. but there is a "big deal" going on right now about this supposed "fiscal cliff" and each political party is calling for their supporters to call and express their opinions to their local congressmen. These slimy dirtbags do anything to get supporters. BOTH sides of our two party system.
    guitar7masta
    Oh yes, I'm sure his comments on Led Zeppelin hold so much clout among his constituents about the Fiscal Cliff negotiations... Both sides can be quite greasy, I agree. This particular accusation however is completely unfounded.
    explosionate
    If my taxes go up, I will think back to this and shake my head. At least he's not going on The View.
    samhell
    Think deep. I know you can do it! Come on! I'm pulling for you!
    guitar7masta
    Someone is on the fence about writing to their representative, then they hear how Obama likes Zeppelin... :O I must write to them now! See how stupid that sounds yet? Take your own advice, maybe read your posts out loud. @explosionate - The GOP have just proposed their new budget which includes a raise in payroll taxes, who are you going to be shaking your head at?
    explosionate
    lol, all of them of course, the article is about Obama. I'm sooooo sorry masta for not including the GOP in my first comment
    guitar7masta
    You concluded your statement with a dig at Obama so I don't know what else I should've thought. Sorry, but now more than ever it seems you should have just stayed out of the conversation.
    samhell
    I can't force you to think. Sorry. Contact Obama. Maybe he can whip up some kind of taxpayer funded "learn to think" program. Oh wait, if he did that he would lose all of his supporters. BWWWWWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA zing
    guitar7masta
    My goodness you are a stupid person.
    samhell
    Thanks! I strive to achieve you level of intellect and greatness. Someday maybe... someday...
    guitar7masta
    If you can't even explain yourself I have no choice but to assume you are too stupid to back up your baseless accusation.
    rockerwannabe
    Exactly. I'd like to know if any Led Zep is on his ipod or even on the one he gave the queen. He's a fukkin poser.
    Nero Galon
    To be honest, I would have found it even awesomer if he would have come out and praised Spinal Tap!
    APerfectCircle9
    Came here for the anti Obama comments. UG you are so predictable...just like the downvotes coming my way.
    Scott O
    Obama had no idea who these guys were until he looked over his speech and then re-read it on his telepromter. Ever hear him talk about his 'favorite' baseball team, the Chicago Cubs? Guy is a fraud, through and through.
    Baphometronic
    hes a white sox fan, not a cubs fan you moron
    guitar7masta
    What else do you expect? I'll take one guess where he gets his news from... and seriously, I lol at the accusation that Obama hasn't even heard of Led Zeppelin (not only based on how trivial that is). Hey, even Paul Ryan has Zeppelin on his iPod, right?
    samhell
    He's from Chicago... What politicians from Chicago aren't frauds and criminals? Its their way of life. Don't they have the highest number of felony convictions? Its a mafia run city.
    AARWave
    But.. But.. Led Zeppelin is British. I wonder does he know because they sure contributed to other cultures than American as well. Anyway the first time I hear POTUS praising anything that has came from the other side of the pond.
    CultofSG
    Paul McCartney received the same honor a couple years ago. Wouldn't be surprised if there were multiple other acts who have as well.
    rockerwannabe
    He praises the socialism practiced in other countries. Don't forget, Obama thought thee were 57 states in America. He can't fix this country.
    Sir-Shredalot
    Obama is whiter than my white cotton shirt after a whitewash with persil colour saving tablets, by the caucasian made in the whitehouse.