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Paul Pelosi attends Kennedy Center Honors in first public appearance since home attack

Paul Pelosi and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi attended the Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday evening, marking Paul Pelosi’s first public appearance since he was attacked in his San Francisco home in October.

The couple attended the annual ceremony, which honors a choose group of individuals each year for his or her inventive influences on American tradition, together with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses as effectively. Paul Pelosi, who suffered a fractured cranium when his suspected attacker allegedly assaulted him with a hammer, arrived carrying a black hat.

After seeing Paul Pelosi, Mr. Biden pumped his fist in the air.

According to court docket filings, David Wayne DePape on October 28 broke into the Pelosi home in San Francisco and allegedly bludgeoned the 82-year-old with a hammer. Authorities have mentioned he was on the lookout for Nancy Pelosi, and the FBI affidavit filed in the federal case in opposition to DePape additionally mentioned that San Francisco police “recovered zip ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and in the hallway near the front door of the Pelosi residence.”

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President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi attend the forty fifth Kennedy Center Honors on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on December 4, 2022.

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The 42-year-old has been charged with tried homicide, residential housebreaking, assault with a lethal weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder and threats to a public official and their household. The Justice Department has additionally charged the suspected attacker with assault on the quick member of the family of a federal official and tried kidnapping of a federal official.

George Clooney, Gladys Knight and Amy Grant have been amongst these honored on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Groundbreaking composer and conductor Tania León and the rock group U2 have been additionally a part of this year’s class. 

On the crimson carpet forward of the Kennedy Center present, Clooney, together with his spouse, Amal, beside him, joked that after seeing mates like Don Cheadle and Julia Roberts in attendance he was apprehensive his tribute could be extra of a “roast.” And it was a little bit of a roast for Clooney, although his family and friends confirmed apparent respect.

Longtime pal Julia Roberts set the tone by popping out onstage with a dress emblazoned with images of Clooney throughout it. After an introduction that alternated between humorous and heartfelt she turned to a set designed to seem like a smoky bar — the sort Clooney would possibly take pleasure in. The actor’s father regaled the gang with tales of a younger George, together with the time the 7-year-old — heartbroken over the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968 — gave his father all his toy weapons.

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Honorees Irish musician The Edge, Irish singer Bono, and U.S. actor George Clooney arrive for the forty fifth Kennedy Center Honors on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on December 4, 2022.

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Matt Damon took the humorous highway, joking about how Clooney as soon as stole then-President Bill Clinton’s stationery and wrote notes to fellow actors on it. Cheadle highlighted Clooney’s philanthropic work.

Patti LaBelle known as Knight her “everything,” saying that they had been mates for six a long time and seen one another by way of laughter and tears. “We do everything together,” LaBelle mentioned. “I am honored to honor you tonight.”

Actor and hip-hop star LL Cool J mentioned that at any time when Knight sings she connects with individuals. “I once heard Gladys sing the ABCs and I thought I was in church,” he mentioned.

Country music celebrity Garth Brooks, citing Knight’s “roots in country music,” sang her traditional “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

Sheryl Crow sang one in all Grant’s most well-known songs, “Baby Baby,” whereas veteran information anchor Katie Couric talked about how younger Grant was when she was found.

The honorees got here to the theater from a White House reception the place Biden praised them earlier than a star-studded East Room crowd as an “exceptional group of artists.”

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