tv President Trump Hosts the National Medal of Arts Humanities Ceremony CSPAN November 27, 2019 4:51pm-5:26pm EST
invitation for the president and his counsel to appear before the committee. read the letter to the president on our website, c-span.org/impeachment and follow the impeachment inquiry live on c-span3, online at c-span.org or listen live on the free c-span radio app. president trump held a national medal of arts and humanity ceremony at the white house among the recipients were actor jon voight and musician allison krauss. ladies and gentlemen, the recipients of the national medal of arts, alison krauss, sharon percy rockefeller, the musicians of the united states military,
[ playing "hail to the chief" ] [ applause ] [ applause ] >> thank you very much. please. the first lady and i would just like to welcome everyone to the white house, a special place, very, very special, no matter where you go in the world this is one of those places that you never forget. this afternoon it is my immense
privilege to present our nation's highest honors for contributions to american art and culture, the national medal of arts and the national humanities medal. please join me in congratulating each of today's recipients when they really, and i mean triauly phenomenal achievement and congratulations to all. [ applause ] >> with us today are vice president mike pence. mike, thank you very much. secretary steven mnuchin, secretary betsy devos, thank you very much, betsy. chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and a great warrior and a man who has done some incredible things two weeks ago, al
baghdadi. he did a great job, al baghdadi, the terrorist leader, the head of isis is dead, thank you very much, mark millie. please stand up, mark. [ applause ] >> thank you. >> also with us, a friend of ours and a great congressman and a warrior in his own right, congressman phil roe. phil, thank you wherever you may be. along with the chairman of the national endowment for the arts marianne carter and the chairman of the national endowment of the humanities, john pead, thank you very much. appreciate it. thank you. thank you. [ applause ] great nations produce great thinkers, artists, musicians and scholars who make our world a
>> i want to hear that whole song, but jon, maybe we have to get it moving a little bit. what a great movie. you've made one of the greatest movies of all time. thank you very much. actor and friend jon voight is one of america's greatest living legends in cinema. he's captivated audiences for more than half a century starring in dozens of hollywood blockbusters including "midnight cowboy," "coming home," "mission impossible" and "national treasure treasure," and another one they think is frankly the greatest boxing movie of all time "the champ." that was a great movie. everyone was crying at that movie and i tried not to, jon. it wasn't easy and that was with ricky schroeder, right? ricky schroeder. that was a great job. that was incredible. jon's an actor of astonishing range and depth as the mem orore
ed gentry, he played another leading role, and became an investigative reporter and tracking down nazi reporters in "the odessa file" and played the role of franklin delano roosevelt in "pearl harbor" and it was so great and he masterfully played howard cosell in ali. that was not an easy role. i knew howard very well. i knew him very well. jon captures the imagination of the audiences and dominates almost every single scene he's in. he's a special person and he won the academy award for best actor, earned four oscar nominations and four golden globes. jon voit, you are an amazing artist and a beloved icon of the american film.
congratulations. receiving the national medal of arts is a tremendous, tremendous achievement and you deserve it. we love having you here especially since it's someone that i happen to really like. so thank you very much, jon. congratulations. [ applause ] >> sharon rockefeller has been a strong advocate for the arts and public broadcasting. sharon fought on behalf of the state's schoolchildren and served on the board of the west virginia educational broadcasting authority. she's currently chairman of the board of trustees for the national gallery of art and has helped the institution acquire breathtaking works of beauty, some of the best anywhere in the world. sharon has also served as the telecommunications association for 30 years.
she helped establish weta as one of the preeminent public broadcasting networks in the nation, producing pbs news hour and washington week among other program and now maybe i'll start getting some good publicity on those particular ones can you please start working on that, sharon? they tend to be on the other side of things a little bit. i think now i have a better chance. sharon as you receive the national medal of arts, we thank you for enriching the lives of millions, and i want to thank you very much for being here, sharon. great job you've done. thank you. [ applause ] another friend of mine, author james patterson is one of the most prolific and talented fiction writers of all time. james has authored or
co-authored 277 books and sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and i always tell james that i don't talk about the books that i've done when i'm in his presence because he's outdone me, you've sold more than me. the bible has you by a little bit, right? but james is the most prolific and highly, highly talented. 218 of his titles have earned a spot on "the new york times" best-seller list and 95 of them have been ranked number one. from alex cross to "invisible." james has entertained adults and children alike with gripping action, stirring adventure and thrilling mystery. he's also given millions of
dollars in calculus books to charity. i know him so well and he's a special, special man with a very, very special family so congratulations on receiving the national humanitarian medal. i want to congratulate you. fantastic job. fantastic job. [ applause ] thanks, james. >> alison krauss -- >> i like the music better. go ahead. ♪ go down, come on down ♪ o, sisters let's go down, down in the river to pray ♪ ♪ as i went down in the river to pray ♪ ♪ studying about that good old way and who shall wear the robe and crown ♪ ♪ good lord show me the way ♪ ♪ o brothers, let's go down,
let's go down, come on down ♪ ♪ come on, brothers, let's go down, down in the river to pray ♪ ♪ as i went down in the river to pray, studying about that good old way ♪ ♪ and who shall wear the starry crown, good lord, show me the way ♪ ♪ o fathers, let's go down, let's go down, come on down ♪ ♪ ♪ o, fathers, let's go down, down in the river to pray ♪ >> alison krauss is one of the most acclaimed musicians in america. she picked up a fiddle for the first time at the age of 5, signed her first record at 14,
and earned her first grammy at 19. during a career spanning over three decade, allison has never been confined to one musical genre or style. she's received more than 25 top awards for gospel, country and bluegrass. she has sold over 12 million records worldwide. won more grammys than any woman in history, wow! that's pretty good. that's a big -- that's a big statement. look how shy she is. [ laughter ] >> and today we proudly present her the national medal of arts and alison, i want to thank you very much for sharing your wonderful gift with the world. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> fantastic. [ applause ]
>> chef and restauranteur patrick o'connell is a preeminent culinary artist and a trailblazing industry pioneer. patrick show cases the brilliance of american technique, the depth of american ingredients and the limitless potential of american high cuisine at its absolute finest. in 1978, patrick opened the inn at little washington in the small rural town of washington virginia. patrick transformed the former gas station into one of the most renowned fine-dining establishments on earth. for the past two years, the inn at little washington has received three michelin stars,
patrick and his team pursue absolute perfection and they are true artists who fill us with pride in our national cuisine. patrick, as we award you the national humanities medal, very special and a very powerful award, we thank you and your entire team for the enduring contribution to american culture, and i think the first lady and i will have to stop by very soon because it sounds good to me, and i've heard incredible things. thank you very much. thank you, patrick, very much. thank you very much. [ applause ] >> thank you, patrick. i'd like to acknowledge the extremely talented white house chefs here this afternoon including tommy copraddic. you have to be around here. tommy, thank you, tommy. what a job you do.
you do too good a job as far as i'm concerned. who once worked under patrick at the inn and is one of america's leading think tanks, the clairemont institute has made invaluable contributions to the american conservative thought, clairemont, educates reminds and informs americans about the founding principles that have made our country the greatest nation anywhere on earth. through publications, seminars and scholarships, they fight to recover the american idea. i know it well, by teaching about the declaration of independence, the constitution, the writings of abraham lincoln whose bedroom is right above us. it's a great thing to see that bedroom, isn't it, general? isn't that something? the general went up and saw it recently and it's something very special. the clairemont institute helps preserve our national traditions
for generations to come. accepting the national humanities medal on behalf of the organization is clairemont institute president ryan williams. thank you very much, ryan, for being here. thank you. great job. [ applause ] >> teresa lozano long is an extraordinary philanthropist and supporter of education and the arts. with her husband joe, she has given over $130 million to universities and cultural organizations in texas. they created the teresa lozano long institute of latin american studies at the university of texas in austin which helps many thain one of the best archives of latin american history anywhere in the world.
teresa was also the first hispanic-american to receive a doctorate in education from the university of texas in austin. she has also served as a member of the national council on the arts. teresa, we're so honored to have you and it's a great privilege to present to you the national humanities medal. thank you very much, teresa. [ applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ >> thank you very much. so next i have the honor to recognize not just one, but 6,656 tremendous artists and patriots, the musicians of the united states military. that is really some, the job you do, thank you very much. forming 136 bands worldwide, these awe-inspiring men and women in uniform perform over 35,000 times each year from concert halls to war zones. they touch the hearts of service members of the front line, wounded veterans at hospitals and gold star families at funerals and americans everywhere. they're not just magnificent performers and they really are the finest anywhere in the
world, they're also courageous warriors. we are joined this afternoon by the premiere band commanders and accepting the national medal of arts on behalf of all military musicians is now 21-year-old, then 19-year-old when he joined, staff sergeant jan knudsen, the youngest band musician in the united states military and thank you very much, staff sergeant. we appreciate it that you're here, and i will say that i have had the privilege of listening to along with the first lady and many of the people in the room, vice president, some of the greatest music i've ever listened to. these are incredibly talented musicians. many of them could be in the great concert halls of the world, but this is what they want and this is where they want to be, and they wouldn't trade it for anything. i think we can say that with
assurity. the recipients of today's awards have uplifted the mind, spirit and soul of this country. you have made the life of our nation more rewarding, entertaining and fulfilling. you have brought joy, comfort and meaning to the homes and hearts of countless americans. i want to congratulate you all, and i want to congratulate your loved ones. we're immensely grateful for everything that you've done for our country, and i would like now to ask the military aide to come forward and please read the citations. thank you. >> alison krauss. for maybiking extraordinary
contributions to american muse being, lending bluegrass, folk, country into unique style and she has entertained and enriched the souls of millions. [ applause ] >> sharon percy rockefeller. for being a renowned champion of the arts, a generous supporter of charity and a pioneer of new ideas and approaches in the field of public policy. [ applause ]
>> musicians of the united states military for personifying excellence in music and service to country from concert halls to war zones, these extraordinary patriots have inspired and uplifted their fellow americans over generations with their incredible courage and breathtaking musical talent. [ applause ] >> jon voight. for his exceptional capacity as an actor to portray deeply
complex characters, captivating audiences, he has given us insights into the richness of the human mind and heart. [ applause ] >> the clairemont institute for championing the nation's founding principles and enriching american minds. its publications and public events have deepened our understanding in appreciation of freedom, democracy, justice and rule of law. [ applause ]
being one of the greatest chefs of our time through the inn at little washington, he has raised the culinary arts to new heights of excellence by embracing regional favors a regional flavors and celebrating local farmers. [ applause ] james patterson. for being one of the most successful american authors of our time. his prodigious imagination has resulted in fascinating works that have been enjoyed by millions. his camp onship of literacy in america has inspired many to realize their potential. [ applause ]ship of literacy ina
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