Correction to This Article
This column incorrectly identified the location of Vice President Biden's home as the Naval Conservatory. The home is on the grounds of the Naval Observatory.

Names & Faces: Susan Boyle, the Duggars, 50 Cent and More

The Duggars' D.C. trip included a Hill visit with their congressman, Rep. John Boozman.
The Duggars' D.C. trip included a Hill visit with their congressman, Rep. John Boozman. (Tlc)

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Biden's Standing Order

When it comes to the second-most powerful man in the land, we are advised not to stand on ceremony. Literally.

"No one has to stand for the vice president," Vice President Biden told a full house last night during a standing ovation, as he promptly advised his guests to sit. "Nor should they."

The vice president and his wife, Jill, were hosting "the first major event" in their Naval Conservatory home: a Global Race for the Cure kickoff dinner that drew about 300 guests, including Serbia's Crown Prince Alexander Karageorgevitch and Princess Clairy Karageorgevitch; Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife, Michelle; and a slew of diplomats.

Beneath a 50-by-90-foot white tent that kept the rain at bay, the comfort-food menu included hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs, steamed new potato salad, watermelon, arugula salad and a summer quinoa salad -- topped off with ice cream sundaes. And in keeping with the event's color theme, pink-tie servers poured a 2008 Sofia Rosé and pink lemonade.

"This is real. This is personal. This is more than just one of these political things we do," said the veep, speaking of the couple's longtime commitment to fighting breast cancer. Jill Biden called her husband "a great partner in this," and asked everybody to show up at today's race with their sneakers on.

Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which is in its 20th year, said: "We do know this disease does not end at our borders. . . . We will create a pink culture around the world."

Boyle on the Mend

Looks like Susan Boyle is feeling better, and looking ahead: The Scottish singing sensation has left the London clinic where she was being treated for exhaustion, her brother announced yesterday.

Concern over the 48-year-old amateur singer's mental health arose last weekend, after she placed second in the final round of "Britain's Got Talent." Expectations and pressure had been high -- Boyle's initial performance in April was viewed more than 200 million times on the Internet.

"She's much happier," her brother Gerry told British TV reporters. "She seems a lot more like herself. I think things are becoming clearer now and she's much more content."

But Gerry has been saying a lot of things. Including: "Susan has been invited to the [Independence Day] celebrations at the White House with the president." (That was a comment to Britain's Daily Record newspaper, which was picked up in the Telegraph and ran unchecked in several wire stories.)

Uh, "not true," a White House rep told us yesterday. After all: Doesn't America have enough "Idols" of its own?

The Duggars Do D.C.

That pack of 20 roaming around town this week? None other than Jim Bob Duggar, wife Michelle and their ever-expanding family, as seen on the TLC reality show "18 Kids and Counting."

The Duggars last visited Washington 10 years (and several kids) ago, so during their week-long visit the brood covered a lot of ground -- and quite frankly, dear readers, we're shocked more of you didn't notice! There was a White House tour; a visit to their congressman, Rep. John Boozman (R-Ark.); and dinner at Dukem Ethiopian restaurant on U Street (a bit spicy for some of the pint-size diners, we hear).

The main event was a volunteer shift at Miriam's Kitchen on Wednesday, where the family served food to the homeless.

-- Marissa Newhall, from staff, wire and Web reports


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