Georgetown almost came to a complete standstill last night when Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, on a "date night," dined at the posh Cafe Milano just a block from a star-studded dinner for Children Uniting Nations, founded by uber Democratic insider, Hollywood entertainment biggie and Bill Clinton buddy Daphna Edwards Ziman.
While an organizer tried to convince the Bidens to stop by and meet with Jermaine and Randy Jackson, Blind Side actor Quinton Aaron, and singer Abraham McDonald, he decided instead to just send his support and go home.
But Ziman, who his today hosting the Fifth Annual Conference of Children Uniting Nations, said that Biden "expressed how supportive he is of what we are doing."
Her event was a block away at the equally ritzy Neyla restaurant where the stars nibbled on Mediterranean fare and drank Sangria while explaining why they support the group, a non-profit built to help foster children around the nation. "We can make the right changes if we give the children the right tools," said Jermaine Jackson, who explained that his family's new goal is to adopt the pro-child mission of deceased brother Michael Jackson.
Randy Jackson, meanwhile, said the Jacksons plan to dedicate part of the proceeds from an upcoming tour to fund Children Uniting Nations.
While the group has an international focus, actor Aaron wants instead to help foster children and other at-risk kids at home. "You have t
o take care of home first. That's how I see it," he told Whispers. On Capitol Hill today, he plans to join in Ziman's effort to press Congress for support.
The event was sponsored by three Washington media and entertainment reps, Greg Houston, president of PSA-DC and a senior advisor to the law firm Odell, Simms & Lynch, Lani Hay, president of Lanmark Technology, and Christine Warnke, with Hogan Lovells.
Pictured above: Randy and Jermaine Jackson speak at on behalf of Children Uniting Nations. At right is CUN Founder Daphna Ziman, left is co-host Lina Hay.