Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
A crowd of 250, including Vice President and Mrs. Mondale gathered in the opulent setting of the Anderson House on Embassy Row Tuesday night at a dinner for Jordan's King Hussein.
This is the year marking Hussein's silver jubilee, his 25th year on Jordan's throne, and it was this theme the Vice President took in his after-dinner toast. Hussein is "a man of reason who has spoken for friendship between his kingdom and our nation through all the 25 years," Mondale said.
The dinner was hosted by Jordan's Ambassador and Mrs. Abdullah Salah on the Tuesday night of Hussein's state visit to the United States.
In his after-dinner remarks, Hussein said that his visit with President Carter "has given great hopes for the future."
"I'm very deeply impressed with President Carter's humility, courage, sincerity and by his genuine desire to look at the problems in our part of the world," the King said. He spoke of Carter's interest in a "just and durable peace" so that "we can present the future generation with a better opportunity and a better life.
"This has been a rare occasion for me to be with friends and to talk frankly and candidly," he said. "It gives me new hope and determination." The king raised a champagne glass and toasted "the President and our friendship and our better future."
Before the toast beef dinner, the guests for the most part were in a jovial mood as they stook in the long reception line to greet the king. However the death of the king's wife, Alia, in February was very much on the mind of entertainer Pearl Bailey.
Bailey expressed her sympathy to Hussein when she greeted him in the reception line. She later said that before the queen's death she had crocheted some caps and sent them off to the queen.
The queen, she said, had replied in a note saying the caps had come just in time since snow was then beginning to fall in Jordan. The queen also had included a note which said, "How wonderful it is to be around to see the children grow."
Bailey said that she had gone out to buy some orlon and mohair to knit more caps and sent them off unknowingly the same day the queen was killed.
She said when she went through the line she told Hussein how sorry she was and thanked him for a note he had sent about a week ago inviting her to Jordan.
Among the guests were White House aides Hamilton Jordan and Frank Moore and Mrs. Moore National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Sen. Edward Brooke (R-Mass.), Rep. John Brademas (D-Ind.) and former Chief of Protocol Henry Catto.
"I'm feeling groovy," said Catto to the present Protocol Chief Evan Dobeile. "You on duty tonight? I'm glad I'm not. I can relax and enjoy myself," he said.
As Jordan was leaving the party, he said to Ambassador Salah, "I told his majesty that y'all been pronouncing the name of the country wrong, for 2,000 years." (Jordan pronounces his name as if it were spelled "Jerden.")
The dinner menu included seafood supreme and a sirloin or beef bor-delaise and ended with a pistachio ice-cream crown, an appropriate ending because pistachios are served almost as commonly as peanuts in the Middle East.