Actually he says he dreamed of performing for President Obama at the White House, but didn’t know what song he could perform since his music is so hardcore.
*It looks to be the start of a bromance.
Secretary of State John Kerry initiated a pound exchange with Snoop Dogg during a recent event at the White House.
The rapper proudly posted a video of the moment on his Instagram account Thursday, showing him at a reception for the Kennedy Center honorees earlier this month.
*Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock and opera star Martina Arroyo were awarded the nation’s highest honor Sunday for influencing American culture through the arts.
The musicians joined singer-songwriter Billy Joel and actress Shirley MacLaine in receiving the Kennedy Center Honors. All of them have been playing music, dancing or singing since they were children — and they have never stopped.
President Barack Obama saluted the honorees Sunday night at a show that will be broadcast Dec. 29 on CBS.
“The diverse group of extraordinary individuals we honor today haven’t just proven themselves to be the best of the best,” Obama said. “Despite all their success, all their fame, they’ve remained true to themselves — and inspired the rest of us to do the same.”
On Saturday night, Secretary of State John Kerry hosted the honorees for a black-tie dinner at the State Department.
Santana, 66, a Mexican immigrant who began learning English from American television, is one of only a few Latinos who have received the honor so far. Kerry said Santana brought the beauty of Latin culture and its rhythms and influences to the American mainstream.
“We love the music you made, not because it’s Latin, but frankly because it is so very American,” Kerry said.
Hancock, 73, got his start at the piano at age 7 while growing up in Chicago. Soon he was playing Mozart and discovered jazz in high school. He joined the Miles Davis Quintet in 1963 and later set out to create his own sounds, fusing jazz, funk, pop, gospel, soul and the blues. He has won an Oscar and 14 Grammy Awards.
Arroyo found opera while imitating the singers outside an opera workshop when she was growing up in Harlem. Soon she was signing a contract with New York’s Metropolitan Opera and had a breakthrough with “Aida” in 1965. She went on to star in the great opera houses of London, Paris and Vienna.
Opera star Jessye Norman said Arroyo, now 76, has a voice “that makes you happy to be alive, just to be in her audience.”
*(Via LA Times) – Key lawmakers in both parties endorsed President Obama‘s call for a punitive strike on Syria, giving momentum to his drive to win authorization from Congress as it began the most momentous debate on the use of military force since the 2002 run-up to the war in Iraq.
Although members of Congress remain deeply split and polls indicate Americans oppose military action, Obama on Tuesday won the backing of the two top House Republicans, Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia. He also picked up the support of the No. 2 House Democrat, Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) was already on board.
Late Tuesday, the top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed on language authorizing U.S. military action against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in the suburbs of Damascus, while ruling out the commitment of U.S. ground forces and limiting the window for an attack to 90 days. A committee vote could come as early as Wednesday.
Earlier, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had sought to dispel the concern of some committee members that, as with Iraq, the U.S. was at risk of acting on flawed or exaggerated intelligence, or that the U.S. could be drawn more deeply into Syria’s civil war.
“This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter,” Kerry said.
Read the FULL story at LA Times.
*Susan Rice, currently the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser – a position not subject to Senate confirmation.
Rice has been at the center of a firestorm over early accounts of the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which later proved to be incorrect. Rice came under intense fire from Republicans for initially characterizing the Sept. 11 assault as a spur-of-the-moment response to a crude anti-Muslim film. The Obama administration later said the violence was a planned terrorist attack.
Rice dropped out of the running to become Secretary of State in December – a post that was later filled by John Kerry.
She will be formally introduced in her new role by President Barack Obama at 2 p.m. ET today.
A White House official says Samantha Power, a former special assistant to the president on the National Security Council, will be nominated to replace Susan Rice as the U.N. ambassador.
*Even before Susan Rice withdrew as a candidate for Secretary of State, John Kerry’s name was being mentioned prominently as a more than viable candidate for the job.
Now comes news that President Obama is going to do just that, according to senior administration official.
If confirmed, Kerry would take the helm at the State Department from outgoing Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has long stated her intention to leave early next year. Kerry, a longtime senator, is expected to be easily approved for the Cabinet post by his congressional colleagues.
That would open up the Senate seat Kerry has held for nearly three decades. Recently defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown might contest it. Whatever the outcome, Obama’s Democrats would retain control of the Senate.
Obama will announce Kerry’s nomination from the White House Friday, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s decision before the announcement. Clinton was not expected to attend. The secretary fell and suffered a concussion last week, State Department officials said, and hasn’t made public appearances since.
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