President Obama’s address to the nation on Sunday night will force him to be late to the 38th annual Kennedy Center Honors performance celebrating the achievement of five artists.
The president attended a White House reception at 5 p.m. for Honorees Carole King, George Lucas, Seiji Ozawa, Cicely Tyson and Rita Moreno. After his 8 p.m. address, he is expected to go to the arts center for the remainder of the show. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Honors performance as planned. The show will be broadcast on CBS on Dec. 29.
It is a Kennedy Center tradition that the honorees sit with the president and the first lady as their peers celebrate their artistry onstage. This is not the first time a president has experienced scheduling problems. Jimmy Carter did not attend during the hostage crisis, and Bill Clinton was a no-show in 1994, according to published reports.
This post has been updated.