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
Add to Briefcase
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 »
STAKES ARE HIGH
Debate Could Sway One-Third of Voters
8 hours ago
THE LATEST

"A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 34% of registered voters think the three presidential debates would be extremely or quite important in helping them decide whom to support for president. About 11% of voters are considered 'debate persuadables'—that is, they think the debates are important and are either third-party voters or only loosely committed to either major-party candidate."

Source:
YOU DON’T BRING ME FLOWERS ANYMORE
Gennifer Flowers May Not Appear After All
9 hours ago
THE LATEST

Will he or won't he? That's the question surrounding Donald Trump and his on-again, off-again threats to bring onetime Bill Clinton paramour Gennifer Flowers to the debate as his guest. An assistant to flowers initially said she'd be there, but Trump campaign chief Kellyanne Conway "said on ABC’s 'This Week' that the Trump campaign had not invited Flowers to the debate, but she didn’t rule out the possibility of Flowers being in the audience."

Source:
HAS BEEN OFF OF NEWSCASTS FOR A WEEK
For First Debate, Holt Called on NBC Experts for Prep
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS

NBC's Lester Holt hasn't hosted the "Nightly News" since Tuesday, as he's prepped for moderating the first presidential debate tonight—and the first of his career. He's called on a host of NBC talent to help him, namely NBC News and MSNBC chairman Andy Lack; NBC News president Deborah Turness; the news division's senior vice president of editorial, Janelle Rodriguez; "Nightly News" producer Sam Singal, "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, senior political editor Mark Murray and political editor Carrie Dann. But during the debate itself, the only person in Holt's earpiece will be longtime debate producer Marty Slutsky.

Source:
WHITE HOUSE PROMISES VETO
House Votes to Bar Cash Payments to Iran
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS

"The House passed legislation late Thursday that would prohibit the federal government from making any cash payments to Iran, in protest of President Obama's recently discovered decision to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash in January. And while the White House has said Obama would veto the bill, 16 Democrats joined with Republicans to pass the measure, 254-163."

Source:
NO SURPRISE
Trump Eschewing Briefing Materials in Debate Prep
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS

In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shun­ning tra­di­tion­al de­bate pre­par­a­tions, but has been watch­ing video of…Clin­ton’s best and worst de­bate mo­ments, look­ing for her vul­ner­ab­il­it­ies.” Trump “has paid only curs­ory at­ten­tion to brief­ing ma­ter­i­als. He has re­fused to use lecterns in mock de­bate ses­sions des­pite the ur­ging of his ad­visers. He prefers spit­balling ideas with his team rather than hon­ing them in­to crisp, two-minute an­swers.”

Source:
×