WASHINGTON— The Kennedy Center Honors program celebrating cultural achievement opened Sunday with a standing ovation for the late President George H.W. Bush.
Host Gloria Estefan recalled being invited to the White House when Bush was president and Bush spending 45 minutes patiently explaining to her 8-year-old son how the government worked. Bush died Friday at 94.
For the second straight year, President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump declined an invitation to the awards.