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tv   2015 Kennedy Center Honors  CSPAN  December 24, 2015 8:40pm-9:06pm EST

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keep america as a shining example to the world. and let's protect that idea. especially those stationed far from home for the holidays. our men and women in uniform and the families that sacrifice so much for us, it is because of them that we cancel great freely , we can worship as we please, that we can come together on a night like this, strong and united and free. greenmount --of our family, happy holidays to all of you and god bless you all and may god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [applause] [applause] coming up tonight, president 2015rs. obama host the
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kennedy center honorees at the white house. following that, the president awards the presidential medal of freedom. and later a discussion on in equality in the u.s. >> on the next washington journal, a look at how campaign 2016 has different from past presidential campaigns in terms of media coverage and rhetoric. our guest is paul glasser itch. then authors week continues with craig shirley, the author of, " last act." washington journal is live every morning at 7:00 eastern and you can join the conversation with your calls and comment on facebook and twitter.
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friday on c-span, bill clinton talks about bipartisanship in a speech at the dole institute of politics in kansas. he received the organization's leadership award and you can watch a 8:00 on friday on c-span. three days of the featured programming this holiday weekend on c-span. friday evening, congressional republican leaders honoring former vice president dick cheney at the capital with the unveiling of a marble bust. >> when the vice president had his critics going off the deep 'doeshe asked his wife, it bug you win people were for to me as darth vader?' >> she said, no it humanizes you. >> and an in-depth look at
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policing minorities. include washington dc's police chief, caffe -- kathy lanier. >> being very respectful, you know, and requests, if it is not a crisis or dangerous situation, demand -- versus demand, that changes the dynamic. and theaise and -- race criminal justice system. then at 6:30 p.m., portions of this year's ideas festival. speakers include al gore and author, and murray slaughter. >> we have to banish the word, he is helping. helping is not actually taking the burden off of you. you are still figuring out what needs to be done and you are
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asking him for help. he is the assistant. and if we are going to get to where we need to go, men need to be full equal coparent. >> for a full schedule, go to www.c-span.org. the kennedy center honors those who have contributed to american culture. president obama hosted honorees at the white house. king,roup included carole george lucas, sicily tyson, and ozawa.or seiji
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 kennedy center honorees. carole king. [applause] >> george lucas. [applause] rita maorena. [applause] seiji ozawa. [applause] cicely tyson.
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states and mrs. michelle obama. ♪ [applause] president obama: thank you. please, everybody have a seat. welcome to the white house. this is a good-looking group. wants -- onceedy said, there is a connection. it is hard to ask why but easy to feel, between achievement and public life and progress in the
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arts. i believe he is our achievements as a country and a culture go hand in hand. the oldest of the 2015 kennedy center honorees was born over 90 years ago. he will not be able to tell. but when we look back at the last century, at all the challenges we faced, what we have seen at the time of extraordinary prowess, one world war and another. we entered one depression and prevented another. through it all we create a new medicine, technology, that changed the world for the better. ofwelcomed new generations immigrants that made the country stronger. we worked together and marched together. to open up new doors of opportunity for women, african-americans, latinos, all
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dbt americans, americans with disabilities. achievements that made all of us more free. tonight, we honor five artists who helped tell the story of the first american family, through music, through theater, and film . and by doing so helped inspire. helped to fortify our best instincts about ourselves. yes. [baby crying] includes your grandpa. about 80 years ago, a ship -- ging a young girl named [applause] president obama: from puerto rico. [applause]
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president obama: came into new york city, went by the statue of liberty. oh my goodness, she thought. country.ve this she was not yet known by the more known -- name of rita ena. but she knew that she wanted to be a star. at 13, she set foot in a broadway theater for the first time as a member of the cast. at 30, she became the first latina to win an academy award for her performance in west side story. yes. it was good. after more than seven decades on stage and screen, she is one of a handful of artists to win an emmy, a grammy, and an oscar.
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and a tony. [applause] being an obama: but actor is never easy, for years she was pigeonholed. she said that she played all parts with the same accent because nobody seemed to care. and when she pushed back against hollywood typecasting, she refused to sell herself short. as a woman who won the tony for best supporting actress, she reminded everybody that i am a leading lady, i am not supporting actress. and she was right. she was the leading lady of that show and she is still a leading lady of her era, a trailblazer who encourages those to break the barriers. eight decades since she first laid eyes on the statue of liberty, she continues to personify progress.
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that here in america in a matter what you look like or where you come from or what your last name is, you can make it if you try [applause] . try. [applause] president obama: as a teenager pianist, and inspired defined his mother's orders and joined a rugby team. i am not sure that was a good idea. looking at you. [laughter] rugby,t know much about but -- he broke two fingers and that put an end to his piano playing career, but for chile for the rest of us it opened a door as a career as a conductor. my wife would like me to put out that define one's mother does
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not work out well. but there are exceptions. and for him it did. when he was 25 years old, he arrived with only a few words of english. but his work as a conductor spoke volumes. a few weeks later, the new york times pronounce him a name to remember. he went on to become an assistant conductor at the new york philharmonic and then led the toronto and san francisco symphony's by the time he was 35. it makes you feel a little bit underachieved. his conducting was sensitive and intense, drawing the essence of every and with his mob haircut and turtleneck, he almost looked like a beetle. then in 1973, he found his musical home at the boston symphony orchestra, which he led for 29 years.
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when he was not cheering on his beloved red sox and patriots, he was transferred seen audiences with exciting performance is conducted from memory, using his whole body, elbows, fingers, knees and hair. he has dedicated his life to connecting classical music. in his words, music is easier to understand than language, it can be understood just like a sunset , which is beautiful wherever you watch it. [applause] president obama: as a child in harlem, cicely tyson sold shopping bags to help her family make ends meet. after high school, she found work as a secretary, until one day she announced to everyone
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that i am sure that god did not put me on the face of this earth to bang on a typewriter for the rest of my life. [applause] president obama: she was already displaying what you would call a flair for the dramatic. and like all great actors, she never just played characters, she becomes one. looking inside myself, she was explain, inside of me is where this character is coming from. it's a character for her to get where she is today. as a black woman, she was not offered many roles that her talent commanded. but that only stealed her resolve. she wants said -- once said, i made a conscious decision that i cannot afford the luxury of just being an actress, i had important things to say and i would say them through my work. she has been saying important
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things for nearly 60 years, from her autobiography, to sounder, to the trip to the battlefield. weekven now, eight shows a , she walks onto a broadway james earl jones and hand, in hand after games of rummy. at 90 years old she is still delivering remarkable performances, night after night, after night, just like god intended and she sure looks good doing it every night. [applause] [applause] president obama: at age 15, a young woman named carol kline formed a group with her friends.
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co-signs.led the they did great with a trigonometry demographic. [laughter] around the same time, she talked to a dj and asked the best way to get to a record company. he told her a secret, look them up in a phonebook. so she made some calls the landed a contract and took on .he stage name of carole king: it turned out to be a perfect choice. .oday, she is royalty by the time she was 30, she like, up in the roof, one fine day, the youmotion, and of course,
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make me feel like a natural woman. i think i just became the first president to say that. [laughter] [applause] president obama: it sounded better when aretha said it. 1970's she found the perfect voice for her songs, her own. at one point her album tapestry, which by the way was one of the first i bought, was the highest selling album of any genre in history. it stayed on the charts for six years, full of songs you could not get out of your head. sounds about friendship and vulnerability, about being
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human. that is what makes carole so special, whether winter or spring, or summer or fall, whether she is fighting with passion for our environment, she is always an honest the voice. a friend who tells you that you are beautiful, as beautiful as you feel. [applause] george lucasma: recently shared one of his regrets. spurid i never got to see -- the star wars.
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you missed out. that movie was awesome. [laughter] nearly everything george lucas has. blending genres and combining timeless themes. without him movies would not look as good or sound as good as they do today. might still flyer and the screen with little .trings attached he created a mythology so 2001lling that in the census the fourth largest religion in the united kingdom was jedi. think of how many children have been raised by george lucas. how many young people searching
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for their place in the universe can thought if that kid save the galaxy, then maybe i can be something special to. how many engineers got their start arguing about structural flaws in the death star. how many bookish teenagers have taken solace in the fact that the most charismatic guy on the planet is an archaeologist named indiana jones. they might even make a brand-new star wars movies and and is not getting a lot of promotion. nearly 40 years after the first one, we are still obsessed with george's vision of the galaxy
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be raising ourll children on those stories for a long time to come [applause] oazawa,rino, seiji i ,arole king, george lucas sisley tyson. the pleasure all the insight and understanding that they have brought to us over the years. .e want to thank them we are proud to celebrate them as our kennedy center honorees. [applause] [applause]
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