Uncle Teddy's 77th Soiree

For two hours last night there was no talk of the recession or dire news to report, as Washington pols and Hollywood luminaries turned out for a Kennedy Center birthday fete for ailing Sen. Ted Kennedy. President Obama led a rousing round of “Happy Birthday” and Caroline Kennedy, while presenting her uncle with a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, gave a nod to her wayward Senate bid, saying, "I never thought I would be in a room with so many senators.” Lauren Bacall hailed Kennedy, whose birthday was February 22, as “the greatest senator,” and Bill Cosby did stand-up, while James Taylor performed for the senator, who watched it all from the balcony.