Korn name-checked in Obama speech

US president Barack Obama name-checked Korn this week during a speech at the White House.

He was presenting army captain Flo Groberg with the country’s Medal Of Honor, after the military man tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2012. Four people were killed in the attack and Groberg suffered a leg injury which required 33 operations.

While he was recovering from his injuries at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany, Groberg was visited by Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, who also took a trip to meet service personnel at the Ramstein Air Base in the country.

Groberg thought he was hallucinating when he awoke to see Davis at his bedside – a moment Obama recalled during his speech.

Obama adds: “Today, Flo, I want to assure you that you are not hallucinating – you are actually in the White House, those cameras are on, I am not the lead singer from Korn. We are here to award you the nation’s highest military honour, the Medal Of Honor.”

Korn posted the clip of the speech on Facebook. View it below.

Davis and his Korn bandmates will play shows in Taiwan, Japan and Thailand this month and were recently confirmed for next year’s Download festival.

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.