HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Brotherly Love
Legendary music producer Quincy Jones goes way back with former President Bill Clinton, so much so that their relationship has developed into more than just friendship.
Jones introduced Clinton at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s annual gala Wednesday night, sharing his admiration for the former commander in chief — and calling Clinton “my brother from another mother.”
Clinton also touched on the pair’s close bond, telling gala attendees, “We’ve had a lot of late-night talks.”
Everybody now: Aw.
Clinton received the foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service at the gala, held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and featuring an appearance by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
And Clinton joked that during his time in office, he had “the same percentage of Italians in my Cabinet” as the Italian president.
Clinton had plenty of one-liners during his speech, including a joke that he continues to work because “I’m too much of a Calvinist to sit around the house, not good enough to join the senior golf tour, and long ago I gave up the chance to be a professional musician.”
But Clinton also brought some in the audience to tears when he recalled how his father, who died before his birth, served in Italy during World War II.
Years later, when Clinton was president, he received a letter from an Italian immigrant living in New Jersey. The man wrote that during the war, a young American soldier helped look after him while he was a hungry 10-year-old trying to survive.
That American soldier inspired the man to immigrate to America. And while the man had a happy, successful life in America, he never knew what happened to the soldier — until he saw a picture of him in a magazine article about Clinton.
And so he wrote to Clinton to share the story.
“He said, I think your father would be proud of you, and I think he would be proud of me,'” Clinton said.
Here we go again: Aw.
Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Clueless Interns.
Oh, interns. They might be helpful, but they’re a little clueless. On Wednesday night, staffers for House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) were surprised when a gaggle of interns arrived at their doors bearing about 50 pizzas, which were clearly meant to feed hungry Members voting late into the night.
But as the Clyburn staff points out to HOH, there were two problems with the fresh-faced young folks’ offering: They were meant for the Minority Whip’s office and there weren’t any late votes scheduled that evening. Oopsie.
While HOH might have been tempted to keep the misdelivered pies, the Clyburn peeps pointed the interns (and their pizzas) to their intended destination, the office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
“Neither chivalry nor bipartisanship is dead,” Clyburn spokeswoman Kristie Greco tells us.
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