Honoring the best in entertainment and arts, President Barack Obama led the 34th Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening (December 4).
The U.S. Commander-in-Chief, who was joined by wife Michelle (who looked lovely in a strapless cobalt dress), kicked things off by welcoming honorees Meryl Streep, Barbara Cook, Neil Diamond, Sonny Rollins and Yo-Yo Ma to a reception in the East Room of the White House before heading over to the Kennedy Center.
Selected by the U.S. Commander-In-Chief for an important role in the lives of many, Shakira took part in the President's Advisory Commission of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in Washington, D.C. earlier this week (October 6).
The Colombian singer took to the podium while being appointed to the scholarly-focused effort by President Barack Obama, telling the audience that she's "flattered" to have been approached for the duties and accepts with "great honor."
Continuing onward with her One Nation bus tour, Sarah Palin is all set to make a stop at the Iowa State Fair to enjoy some fried treats.
Making sure to keep her supporters up to date on her every move, the former Alaskan governor dished the details on what fattening food she's most eager to eat while on the fairgrounds, telling via email, "I'm excited to try some of that famous fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake-on-a-stick, fried Twinkies, etc."
Kicking off his celebration a day early, President Barack Obama headed back to his hometown of Chicago for his 50th birthday festivities, in which he spoke to over 2,400 fans in Uptown's historic Aragon Ballroom last night (August 3).
The Windy City native was joined at the joyous occasion by a bevy of other famous faces, including fellow Chi-town star Jennifer Hudson, as well as famed drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel.