Lawmakers, celebs honor Tony Bennett with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
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The tense political climate might make D.C. a major turnoff for some people, but Tony Bennett says he still considers the nation’s capital the “greatest city” in the world.

“It’s the greatest city in the greatest country,” Bennett said Wednesday when asked about being back in the District.

“Anything about Washington is alright with me,” he added.

When ITK pointed out that not everyone thinks so fondly of D.C., Bennett replied with a grin, “Well, that’s their problem.”

The legendary 91-year-old “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” singer was honored Wednesday at DAR Constitution Hall with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.


Bruce Willis, who hosted the star-studded ceremony, might be among those who’ve soured on politics — or at least talking about anything remotely political.

“I don’t care about politics,” a soft-spoken Willis said, after an epic stare-down with ITK when we asked if he’d bring his President Trump impersonation, which he debuted in 2015 on “The Tonight Show,” to the White House while he’s in town.

When it comes to politics, Willis eventually said, “It’s so crazy. I’m going to let it settle down for awhile.” Noting he hadn’t been to D.C. in a decade, the "Die Hard" star added after another long pause, “I don’t want to talk about politics.”

Willis was just slightly more chatty as he emceed the evening’s festivities, which will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on Jan. 12.

“It’s nice to see how many members of Congress are here tonight,” Willis told the crowd. “Democrat and Republican, side by side, setting aside political differences for just one night.”

“Tony, maybe you should come to town a little bit more often,” Willis quipped.

Among the lawmakers fêting Bennett: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment Kate Schroder in Ohio among Democratic challengers squelching GOP hopes for the House McCarthy's Democratic challenger to launch first TV ad highlighting Air Force service as single mother MORE (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHoyer: House should vote on COVID-19 aid — with or without a bipartisan deal Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose at Supreme Court McCarthy threatens motion to oust Pelosi if she moves forward with impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyDemocrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court Battle over timing complicates Democratic shutdown strategy Hillicon Valley: Russia 'amplifying' concerns around mail-in voting to undermine election | Facebook and Twitter take steps to limit Trump remarks on voting | Facebook to block political ads ahead of election MORE (D-Vt.), Rep. Gregg HarperGregory (Gregg) Livingston HarperCongress sends bill overhauling sexual harassment policy to Trump's desk Dems cry foul in undecided N.C. race Mississippi New Members 2019 MORE (R-Miss.) and Rep. Kevin YoderKevin Wayne YoderBottom line Amanda Adkins wins GOP primary to challenge Rep. Sharice Davids Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' MORE (R-Kan.).

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said in remarks that Bennett has “given new meaning to the words ‘timeless’ and ‘immortal,’ which are truly the most important criteria for earning” the Gershwin Prize.

A slew of entertainers were on-hand to honor Bennett, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Broadway vet Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gloria Estefan — who performed “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” — trumpeters Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti, “The Voice’s” Wé McDonald and Vanessa Williams.