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There Are A Lot Of Randos Showing Up For Netanyahu’s Speech To Congress

Did you know that Pat Boone and Robert Kraft are really interested in Iran’s nuclear program? Me neither.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington to give a much discussed, much hyped, much slammed speech of the decade before Congress, a speech that will either be extremely damaging or just a distraction.

Cliff Owen / AP

Some of the hubbub has been over the fact that Bibi was invited by Speaker of the House John Boehner, without coordinating with the White House, and it became A Thing. Nearly 60 Democratic legislators won’t be attending in protest.

Happier times, back in 2011. Susan Walsh / AP

But because DC is a bunch of nerds, apparently a ticket to see Bibi is one of the hottest in town.

“If Taylor Swift and Katy Perry did a joint concert at Madison Square Garden wearing white-and-gold and black-and-blue dresses, accompanied by dancing sharks and llamas, that’s the only way you’d have a tougher ticket,” Boehner’s spokesman actually said.

You’ll just have to imagine the llamas and T-Swift David J. Phillip / AP

So though some members of Congress are skipping out, the draw of being in Bibi’s presence is enough to draw some former House and Senate members back to Washington.

Former MN Senator Norm Coleman in the gallery.

— KellyO (@Kelly O’Donnell)

Spotted in the House gallery for #NetanyahuSpeech: @newtgingrich

— cspanJeremy (@Jeremy Art)

Spotted: Former Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann in attendance for the Netanyahu speech. #itsallhappening

— joshrogin (@Josh Rogin)

Others attendance makes sense because of their vested interest in Israel and ties to the country.

Inside the Rayburn room reception: elie weisel. Sheldon Adelson and wife. Alan Dershowitz.

— DanaBashCNN (@Dana Bash)

But then there are the randos. The people who clearly have ties to somebody and are at this speech because…I don’t know, reasons?

Just spotted entering the Capitol for @netanyahu’s address to Congress: Patriots Owner Robert Kraft

— frankthorpNBC (@Frank Thorp V)

Very Important Reasons.

Just met Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight fame. Here as a guest of @GOPLeader

— DanaBashCNN (@Dana Bash)

Okay, I don’t even know.

Outside House chamber spotted 50s crooner Pat Boone wearing Star of David tie heading into @netanyahu address

— KellyO (@Kelly O’Donnell)

So have fun, attendees! I’m sure you’ll all be as giddy as Bibi and his son going down this waterslide in 1998.


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