McCarthy lacking in one area

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The incoming House majority leader jests that he’s lacking in one particular area: talent.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday attended the Ford’s Theatre Annual Gala, which honored Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and veteran actor and “Star Wars” alum James Earl Jones.

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When asked by The Hill what he most anticipated at the black-tie event, McCarthy, who was elected to his new leadership role last week following the surprise primary defeat of Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), quipped, “I just love a great performance. ... For a guy that has no talent, I love to cheer those who do.”

McCarthy wasn’t the only one cheering as “Quantum Leap’s” Scott Bakula hosted the yearly Lincoln Medals ceremony, which included performances by singers Cheyenne Jackson and Lennon and Maisy Stella.

While accepting his award, the retiring Dingell, 87, praised Jones’s accomplishments before adding of the Darth Vader-playing entertainer, “He promised not to use the lightsaber on me.”

Jones said ahead of the gala that one of his favorite parts about coming to Washington is getting a chance to meet the president.

“I never expect to really see him until, suddenly, there he is,” Jones said. The 83-year-old film and stage star also mentioned meeting someone a day earlier that he’s “always admired,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Jones said of the encounter, “It just reminds us that people are on duty and doing a really hard job for us.”