Biden President Joe Biden speaks before signing the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act, in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — (AP) — President Joe Biden spent Thursday morning in a star-studded meeting with this year’s Kennedy Center honorees.
They were joined by the honorees’ guests, the chairman of the board of trustees and the president of the Kennedy Center, and Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens.
He dropped the traditional White House invitation for honorees and skipped the ceremony after a number of the 2017 honorees said they would boycott the White House reception in protest against Trump’s policies.
Now, planners are filming various events across the Kennedy Center campus this week, some with socially-distanced audiences and many without.