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Former Presidents Gather to Honor Bush 41

A star-studded group gathered last night at the Kennedy Center for the Points of Light Institute’s tribute to President George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush and their dedication to volunteerism.

Presidents Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, George W. Bush and his wife Laura, and Bill Clinton (he went stag) came together for the first time since President Obama’s inauguration. Sitting with the presidents were former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Neil Bush, Chairman of the Board of Points of Light, and many more members of the Bush family, grandchildren included. Mitt Romney, a GOP hopeful for his party’s nomination in 2012, sat just a few rows in front of the presidents with his wife Ann, probably wondering what it’d be like to be sitting among them…wishing, praying that some day, he’d be there. Also in the audience were Bush 43 Chief of Staff Andy Card, Kennedy Center Chairman David Rubenstein, Bush 41 Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

Between performances from Kid Rock, Cee Lo Green, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Brad Paisley (among others), each president took the stage to tell a story of incredible volunteer work done by ordinary people. Clinton, off teleprompter as he often is, had high praise for H.W., going so far as to say he “literally fell in love” with Bush 41 on one of the duo’s many service trips abroad. Clinton called Bush and himself “the odd couple,” though Barbara Bush later took credit for coining that phrase in a pre-packaged video segment.

Though attempts at humor came from Reba McEntire and 17-year-old “iCarly” actress Miranda Cosgrove, CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz stole the show. Nantz, a friend of the Bush family, joked about being forced to announce that the event would be telecast on rival network NBC before reminding everyone that CBS still had the NCAA tournament.

Before Garth Brooks closed the show with his rendition of “Lean On Me,” Bush 41, in a wheelchair and unable to make it on stage, briefly addressed a crowd to a standing ovation.

The Points of Light Institute, which takes its name from a phrase coined by Bush speechwriter Peggy Noonan to encourage dedication to service, raised $30 million.

The program will be broadcast on NBC Monday night, March 28, at 8 p.m.

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Schieffer Toasted and Roasted

CBS News President Sean McManus and Senators Sam Nunn and Lindsey Graham roasted Bob Schieffer at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Awards on Friday night.  Colleagues and friends such as CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz, who in a taped appearance joked that he had never heard of Schieffer or his Sunday show, came out to toast the venerable host of Face the Nation. 

But of all the big names in the room, it was Bob’s wife Pat who really stole the show.  In her introduction of Schieffer, she recalled, “On our anniversary last year, my husband asked me if there is anything that I hadn’t done but wished I had.”  “I told him yeah – George Clooney,” she said to a room full of laughter.  And guests didn’t have to look far for entertainment.  Schieffer’s band, Honky Tonk Confidential, which includes CBSers Dianna Quinn and Kaylee Hartung, performed “TV Anchorman” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”  Even MSNBC’s Luke Russert took the stage to pay tribute with his rendition of “Shout.”

Spotted at the event were Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes and Bob Orr, DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Face the Nation EP Carin Pratt, Mary Hager, Rob Hendin, Christine Delargy, Politico’s Michelle Levi and CBS News’ Paul Friedman and Barbara Fedida who traveled down from NYC for the dinner. 

Past honorees include Helen Thomas, who was in attendance, and Walter Conkite

Sunday Show Preview 02.07.10


NBC’s Meet the Press:

CBS’ Face the Nation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Today Analyst Shannon Sharpe, NFL on CBS Announcer Jim Nantz, NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms

ABC’s This Week: Sec. Treasury Timothy Geithner, ABC’s George Will, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta

CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sarah Palin, National Tea Party Spokesman Mark Skoda, Weekly Stabdard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, FNC’s Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington, syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, CNN’s James Carville

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: King Abdullah II of Jordan and John Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, TIME’s Michael Duffy, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, TIME’s Michael Duffy, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, National Urban League’s Patrick Gusman, Prime Movers Media founder Dorothy Gilliam, Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of public policy and political science. Roundtable with former WaPo reporter Dorothy Gilliam, CBS’ Michelle Miller, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: former U.S. National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brzezinski, FP’s David Rothkopf, former Chinese foreign ministry official Victor Gao, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Victor Cha, former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, Consul General of Mexico in New York Ruben Beltran

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor to President Obama, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut and WSJ’s Gerald Seib.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.