Former President Bill Clinton, appearing in a video message, gave a shout-out to the D.C. bipartisan power couple that had invited him to the big night, James Carville and Mary Matalin. “They’re demonstrating, in the best possible way, that two people with very different political minds can commit to a common future,” said the ex-commander-in-chief.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) got some of the biggest laughs of the night when he invited the audience to sing along with a reworked version of the Neil Diamond classic, “Sweet Caroline.” The Kansas Republican’s rendition instead swapped the chorus with the words, “Sweet Robert Dole.”
The night’s two honorees continued the humor.
Baker, 86, jested that while his speech was several pages long, “To spare you the details…I ask unanimous consent that my remarks be included in the record.”