Obama Jokes at Kennedy Center Honors About Carlos Santana's Drug Use
3:43 PM, Dec 9, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
In the East Room of the White House Sunday night, President Obama hosted the Kennedy Center Honors Reception to recognize five American artists: Martina Arroyo, Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Shirley MacLaine, and Billy Joel. The president gave a brief synopsis of each artist's career, including making light of the drug-induced hallucinations of Carlos Santana as he was introduced to the music world at the 1969 Woodstock music festival:
The president went on to note that the musician's less than clear frame of mind apparently did not affect his Woodstock performance:
In a 2012 interview with ETOnline, Santana "expressed his views on drug use, citing the distinction between artificially manufactured drugs and those which are natural and stem from the earth, which he referred to as 'medicine.'"
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