Hillary Clinton’s Birthday Bash

By Nitya

Oct 26, 2007 7:53am

ABC News’ Kate Snow and Eloise Harper Report: "Happy Birthday Mrs. President" was the final song of the night, sung by Elvis Costello.

They sure know how to throw a birthday party.  The Clintons– Hillary, Bill and even Chelsea– spent Thursday night at New York’s famed Beacon Theater surrounded by 3,000 of their closest friends.

Well maybe they weren’t all "friends" per se, but they did give Clinton a present.  The birthday bash raised more than one and a half million for Clinton’s campaign.

After performances by the Wallflowers and Elvis Costello, Bill Clinton introduced his wife.  On the eve of her 60th birthday he said Senator Clinton is "still looking I think very beautiful".

"She was just 23 when we met," Bill Clinton said, "Poor child didn’t know any better."

Joined on stage by Chelsea, Clinton said "We love you and I’m so proud of you. Happy birthday"

Senator Clinton then thanked her family for their support and love.

"For me, it is a great honor and an extraordinarily humbling experience to think that I could be the first woman President of the United States," she told the crowd.

Striking themes from her standard stump speech, Sen. Clinton talked briefly about health care, fighting global warming and education.

She was the only speaker who never mentioned the fact that she turns 60 on Friday.

"I always thought it was impolite to mention a lady’s age," Elvis Costello chuckled at one point.

Clearly supportive of Clinton, the British rocker called the candidate "someone who is gonna bring back the music to the White House."

Costello finished his set with an old song written, appropriately, in Hope, Arkansas.  He followed that with his classic- "Allison".

Costello also played a couple of duets with the Wallflowers, whose lead singer is Jakob Dylan, son of legend Bob Dylan.  (Their final song together: "What’s so funny ’bout peace love and understanding?")

President Clinton said his wife’s campaign is "not so much for the old rockers but for the new ones"

But many in the crowd seemed more familiar with the senior Dylan’s music catalog.

Comedian Billy Crystal was the emcee for the night, entertaining the crowd with quips like–"Giuliani just retracted the Red Sox thing. He’s gonna be for Cleveland now."

Hillary Clinton jumped on that theme later.  In an obvious reference to Rudy Giuliani’s new-found support for the Red Sox Clinton said– "I have been a fan and I remain a fan of the NY Yankees. No changes!"

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