Obama dipped into the White House's East Room shortly after hosting a reception for five of the six honorees, Carole King,Cicely Tyson,Rita Moreno,George Lucas and conductor Seiji Ozawa – the sixth honoree, The Eagles, have postponed their participation until 2016.
Obama's speech initially took the 38th annual event off the schedule, USA Today reports. But the ceremony was reinstated on Sunday.
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