Gere is chairman of the board of the International Campaign for Tibet and was on Capitol Hill to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and the Dalai Lamas escape into exile. The actor chatted with the Speaker about the situation in Tibet, focusing on border issues and the hundreds of people who have been imprisoned there for peaceful protest, ICT spokesman Ben Carrdus told HOH.
Gere and Pelosi (a staunch critic of Chinas treatment toward Tibet) are old pals, having met up on Capitol Hill several times over the years. Gere cheered on the Speaker during her swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol back in January 2007. And when Pelosi awarded the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal later that year, Gere was among the invited guests.
Pelosi isnt Geres only Capitol Hill contact the silver-tressed actor also visited with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) on Monday, Carrdus added.
Still, you cant keep best friends apart: Pelosi and Gere were set to reunite at an evening reception in the Cannon Caucus Room.
Senators Reach a New Low (as in Juliette). Girl Scouts often learn about campfire-building and knot-tying and dont even get those chicks started on cookie-salesmanship. Now the badge-collecting girls are about to get schooled in another subject: the women of the Senate.
Home-shopping channel QVC is donating 25,000 copies of 14 Women, the 2007 documentary about the women serving in the chamber in the 109th Congress. Reps say the gift, which honors the March 8 International Womens Day holiday, will help inspire young women to become leaders in their own right.
Narrated by actress Annette Bening, directed by Mary Lambert (sister of Arkansas Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln) and produced by Nicole Boxer (daughter of California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer), the movie chronicles the struggles and triumphs of female Senators whose ranks have now swelled to a new record of 17.
14 Women gives us an inspiring and timely new way to help fulfill the leadership mission that has sustained Girl Scouting for 97 years, Laurie Westley, senior vice president of Girl Scouts of the USA, said in a statement.
Were just hoping that leadership mission continues to involve plenty of Thin Mints.
State of the Art. Tourists werent the only ones taking advantage of the warm weekend weather to stroll the Mall and ogle some art. An HOH tipster spotted Sen. Lamar Alexander and his wife, Honey, taking in the Pompeii and the Roman Villa exhibition at the National Gallery of Art on Saturday.
According to our tipster, the Tennessee Republican blended right in with the sightseers, sporting a polo shirt, khakis and an orange baseball cap (perhaps in support of his home-state Tennessee Volunteers).
I couldnt help but find it ironic that a place that used to attract Senators (of the Roman persuasion) still attracts them to this day, our history buff/tipster joked.
Lauren W. Whittington contributed to this report.
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Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.