Kennedy Center honorees Carole King, George Lucas, Rita Moreno, Seiji Ozawa, and Cicely Tyson introduced at 5:14 pm. The five are seated on a stage at the front of the East Room.
POTUS and FLOTUS were introduced to "Hail to the Chief" a minute later.
The president began speaking at 5:16 pm, remarks were carried live by the White House.
More spotted at the event, courtesy of others in the pool: David Axelrod, Barbara Boxer, Roy Blunt and Usher.
POTUS finished speaking at 5:31 pm.
Pool was ushered into the East Room at 4:45 pm. The room is decorated for Christmas with four large trees
Spotted in the East Room by fellow reporters who are far better at celebrity identification than your pooler: Steven Spielberg, Stephen Colbert, Tyler Perry, Julie Andrews, Kerry Washington, Lin Manuel Miranda, Martin Scorsese, Herbie Hancock, Janelle Monae, Rosie Perez.
Also: John Kerry, Ash Carter, Nancy Pelosi, Loretta Lynch in attendance. Carter, Pelosi and Kerry spotted deep in conversation.
The event is described as such on the president's schedule. "President and the First Lady will host the Kennedy Center Honorees Reception in the East Room."
We are awaiting remarks from POTUS.