The United States of America is pretty generic when it comes to presidents, unlike other countries like Indonesia who boasts an avid metal head as their president so it’s a bit of a surprise to see the leader of the free world doing any sort of metal allegory in a public speech but today, that day has come true and President Obama has proven to be an avid Metal Insider reader and just casually mentioned the band we’ve talked the most this week: Korn.
A few years back, Army captain Florent Groberg saved the lives of many by tackling a suicide bomber, which lead to him being hospitalized and requiring 33 surgeries to save his leg after the attack and that earned him the medal of honor. During the ceremony at the White House, president Obama opened up his speech by telling the story of Groberg waking up in the hospital and believing he was seeing Korn’s singer Jonathan Davis but wasn’t too certain as he was barely recovering from the procedure but the fact is, Groberg indeed received a visit from Davis as part of the documentary short film titled Wounded Warriors, which shows Davis visiting the Ramstein Air Base in Germany to visit with military members stationed there. Obama said:
He woke up on a hospital bed and, in a little bit of a haze, he wasn’t sure but he thought he was in Germany and someone was at his bed side talking to him and he thought it was the singer of the heavy metal band, Korn. Flo thought, ‘What’s going on? Am I hallucinating?’ but he wasn’t, it was all real, Today Flo, I want to assure you you are not hallucinating. You are actually in the White House. Those cameras are on, and I am not the lead singer from Korn.
Of course, everyone noticed specially Davis and he even posted the snippet of the video on his Instagram as you can see below.
The funny thing about all this, is that Davis isn’t precisely too keen about Obama and has been very vocal about it for a while, including that time that Davis called Obama an “Illuminati puppet” even though he did also say he wanted Obama to win the elections back in 2008. They just have that sort of relationship but I digress. If this isn’t the best week on marketing and publicity Korn has had in the past 10 years, I don’t know what else could top this.