Congress honored Winston Churchill with a bust and a performance by another famous Briton, The Who’s Roger Daltrey.
Senate and House leaders, as well as Secretary of State John Kerry, gathered Wednesday to dedicate the Churchill bust, which will now stand in the Capitol as a testament to the strength of the relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Daltrey sang, “Stand by Me,” and House Speaker John Boehner said the song was a tribute to the U.S.-U.K. relationship.
Daltrey also performed the Who classic “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The pair of songs had Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi bobbing their heads in bipartisan unity.
Afterward, Daltrey was swarmed by fans – several members of Congress among them – hoping for a photo with the singer.
Boehner did not show much emotion during the musical performance. But he appeared to tear up as he talked about Churchill, “the best friend the United States ever had.”
“He saw in America the very exceptionalism we see today,” Boehner said.
Couple expecting another Bears fan
Kristin Cavallari and her Chicago Bears quarterback husband Jay Cutler are one step closer to having their own football team.
Cavallari is pregnant with their second baby. The 26-year-old former star of MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” confirmed the news Wednesday on Twitter. She wrote: “We are so excited for Camden to be a big brother!”
Camden is the couple’s 14-month-old son.
Cavallari and Cutler were married last June in Nashville, Tenn.
The family splits their time between Nashville and Chicago.
The birthday bunch
Anchorman Dan Rather is 82. Folk singer Tom Paxton is 76. Actor Ron Rifkin (“Alias”) is 75. Actress Sally Kirkland is 72. Actor David Ogden Stiers (“M*A*S*H”) is 71. NBC anchorwoman Jane Pauley is 63. Director Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”) is 52. Actor Rob Schneider is 49. Musician Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) is 46. Guitarist Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 32. Singer-actress Willow Smith is 13.