President Barack Obama awarded army captain Florent Groberg the Medal of Honor Thursday at a ceremony in the White House, and during the president’s speech, he made an unlikely reference to Korn singer Jonathan Davis. Groberg was given the medal after tackling a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan in August 2012, an act of bravery that saved the lives of fellow service members and seriously injured his leg. Early on in his recovery – it took three years and 33 surgeries to save his leg – Korn’s Davis visited Groberg in the hospital, but the dazed army captain thought he had simply hallucinated their meeting.
During his Medal of Honor speech, Obama referenced that moment, Stereogum reports. “He woke up in a hospital bed in a little bit of a haze. 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,” Obama said. “Flo thought, ‘What’s going on? Am I hallucinating?’ But he wasn’t. It was all real. And so today, Flo, I want to assure you, 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 our nation’s highest military distinction.”
Davis, himself not a fan of Obama’s politics – he called the president an “illuminati puppet” during a February 2014 interview with the Alex Jones Show – was still surprised by the presidential name-check on Instagram: