President Obama attends a news conference in the East Room at the White House in Washington, Aug. 9, 2013. (Associated Press)
President Barack Obama congratulates 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees, singer Al Green, from left,  actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks,and  ballerina Patricia McBride, during a reception in their honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama congratulates 2014 Kennedy Center Honors Honorees, singer Al Green, from left, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks,and ballerina Patricia McBride, during a reception in their honor in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

David Jackson, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON (USA Today)—As usual, the Kennedy Center Honors weekend provided good opportunities for presidential humor — both by and about President Obama.

At the White House reception on Sunday, Obama trotted out a few good lines about the honorees, including Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks.

In his film career, “Tom has flown a rocket to outer space, he’s fallen in love with a mermaid, he’s faced down Somali pirates, (and) mooned the President of the United States,” Obama said, adding: “I’m glad he got that last one out of his system before this evening.”
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