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Before the President & First Lady boarded Air Force One this morning en route to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's funeral, they celebrated a few entertainment icons at the White House last night...

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Honorees Billy Joel, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Shirley MacLaine & opera singer Martina Arroyo, last night's Kennedy Center Honors recipients.  In the image at the top of the page, President & Michelle Obama arrive to the festivities.  And you can't help but to notice how beautiful the First Lady looks in that gorgeous gown...

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If you're wondering (I know I certainly was), she was wearing a green custom Marchesa gown.

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Watch parts of President Obama's funny speech from the event below...