Bill Clinton Needles Gary Hart at Warren Beatty Tribute

Poor Gary Hart. The former senator, erstwhile presidential candidate and subject of two recent Westword Q&As (click here and here to check them out) got to walk the red carpet with -- woo-hoo! -- Arianna Huffington prior to an American Film Institute tribute to actor/director Warren Beatty, and he was seated near the front of the ballroom with honored guests such as George McGovern, the onetime South Dakota senator whose 1972 presidential campaign Hart managed. But in the July 8 telecast of the June 15 event, McGovern and President Bill Clinton, not Hart, got the prime politico speaking slots -- and in his remarks, Clinton took a good-natured jab at the Coloradoan while waxing anecdotally about Beatty.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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