President Barack Obama Jokes That He’s “Not the Lead Singer of Korn”

President Barack Obama and Captain Florent A. Groberg
President Barack Obama joked that he's "not the lead singer of Korn" during a Medal of Honor ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 12 Alex Wong/Getty Images

No mosh pit for POTUS! President Barack Obama isn’t the lead singer of Korn — in case anyone was wondering. The Commander-in-Chief cleared up any confusion while presenting Army captain Florent Groberg the Medal of Honor in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 12.

According to Rolling Stone, Groberg, 33, was severely injured after he charged a suicide bomber in Afghanistan back in August 2012. He underwent 33 surgeries to save his leg, and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis visited him in the hospital. Groberg, however — heavily medicated at the time — thought he was just hallucinating.

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President Barack Obama presents a Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to Army Captain Florent A. Groberg (Ret.) during an East Room ceremony at the White House November 12, 2015 Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

“He woke up in a hospital bed in a little bit of a haze,” Obama, 54, said on Thursday. “He wasn’t sure, but he thought he was in Germany and someone was at his bedside talking to him. And he thought it was the lead singer from the heavy metal band Korn [Davis]. Flo thought, ‘What’s going on? Am I hallucinating?’ But he wasn’t. It was all real.”


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“And so today, Flo, I want to assure you, you are not hallucinating. You are actually in the White House,” he continued. “Those cameras are on. I am not the lead singer from Korn. We are here to award you our nation’s highest military distinction.”

Korn's Jonathan Davis
Korn’s Jonathan Davis Rick Kern/

If Groberg had any doubt, well, he could have just pulled up Davis’ Instagram account. The tattooed singer, 44, posted the hilarious video of Obama’s speech on his social media account. “Wow,” he wrote.

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