(BLOG.SFGATE) — President Obama knocked down TWO presidential firsts Sunday at the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors reception at the White House — and one included the Bay Area’s own cultural treasure and Kennedy Center honoree, Carlos Santana.
In his opening remarks about one of rock’s seminal guitarists, Obama became the first president to make an LSD joke in the White House — in talking about Santana’s ground-breaking performance at Woodstock. Here’s what Obama — a Choom Gang veteran who was no stranger to mind-altering drugs in his youth — had to say about Santana, according to the official White House transcript:
“When a 22-year-old Carlos Santana took the stage at Woodstock, few people outside his hometown of San Francisco knew who he was. And the feeling was mutual. Carlos was in such a — shall we say — altered state of mind that he remembers almost nothing about the other performers. (Laughter and applause.) He thought the neck of his guitar was an electric snake. (Laughter.)”
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