Capitol Braces for Another British Invasion

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Roger Daltrey attends the UK Premiere of 'Sensation - The Story of The Who's Tommy' at Riverside Studios on October 22, 2013 in London, England.
National Journal
Billy House
See more stories about...
Billy House
Oct. 24, 2013, 10:28 a.m.

Scoot over Han­ni­bal Ham­lin, Henry Clay, and Brigham Young.

Ro­ger Dal­trey, lead vo­cal­ist of the Who, will be the one singing and strut­ting his stuff Wed­nes­day in Na­tion­al Statu­ary Hall at the Cap­it­ol — as part of a ce­re­mony ded­ic­at­ing a bust of former Brit­ish Prime Min­is­ter Win­ston Churchill.

Well, maybe not so much strut­ting.

However, Speak­er John Boehner’s of­fice has an­nounced that Dal­trey will be per­form­ing dur­ing the ce­re­mony that gets un­der­way at about 11 a.m. in the old meet­ing place of the House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives, now home to some 100 statues of former politi­cians and oth­er Amer­ic­an not­ables.

“What bet­ter way to cel­eb­rate Win­ston Churchill’s friend­ship to the United States than to have one of Bri­tain’s most le­gendary re­cord­ing artists per­form in the halls of the Cap­it­ol,” Boehner said in a state­ment. “Ro­ger’s per­form­ance is sure to guar­an­tee that the Churchill bust re­ceives the first-class wel­come it de­serves.”

In a state­ment from Dal­trey also put out by Boehner’s of­fice, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in­duct­ee said he is “honored to be able to show my ap­pre­ci­ation to this great man who, as our prime min­is­ter, fought for and se­cured free­dom for Bri­tain, Amer­ica, and the cit­izens of the world.”

There was no im­me­di­ate com­ment from George Wash­ing­ton, Samuel Adams, An­drew Jack­son, Eth­an Al­len — or even Dwight D. Eis­en­hower — from their vari­ous loc­a­tions in Statu­ary Hall. Most of them are ex­pec­ted to be in at­tend­ance, however, along with con­gres­sion­al lead­ers and Sec­ret­ary of State John Kerry.

The ce­re­mony will air live on Speak­er.gov.

Dal­trey and Pete Town­shend, the sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the Who, re­cently an­nounced plans to em­bark on a world­wide con­cert tour in 2015.

What We're Following See More »
DONATING TO FOOD BANKS
Government Buying $20 Million in Cheese
10 hours ago
WHY WE CARE

Thanks to competition from Europe, America's cheese stockpiles are at a 30-year high. Enter the U.S. government, which announced it's buying 11 million pounds of the stuff (about $20 million). The cheese will be donated to food banks.

Source:
BIG CHANGE FROM WHEN HE SELF-FINANCED
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
1 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Source:
QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY
Trump Cancels Rallies
1 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Source:
‘STRATEGY AND MESSAGING’
Sean Hannity Is Also Advising Trump
2 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump's Fox News brain trust keeps growing. After it was revealed that former Fox chief Roger Ailes is informally advising Trump on debate preparation, host Sean Hannity admitted over the weekend that he's also advising Trump on "strategy and messaging." He told the New York Times: “I’m not hiding the fact that I want Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States. I never claimed to be a journalist.”

Source:
THE SHAKE-UP CONTINUES
RNC’s Spicer to Work from Trump HQ
2 days ago
THE LATEST

"Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican party will coordinate more closely going forward, with the GOP's top communicator and chief strategist Sean Spicer increasingly working out of Trump campaign headquarters, the campaign confirmed Sunday."

Source:
×