All Hail The Tweens: JoBros At The White House
My journalism teachers would be so proud. I'm sitting in Helen Thomas's seat awaiting my first White House press briefing.
OK, so it's not a press secretary coming out for a briefing about the turmoil in Georgia. And I'm sitting next to a reporters from Twist magazine and KOL, AOL's kid's site.
See, the Jonas Brothers are in town today, and I'm part of the "exclusive" press pool following them around town. So far it's been more waiting and less following. The Bros pulled up to the White House in a pair of Escalades and our small group and a handful of truly shocked tourists greeted them. (There may have been a TMZ "reporter" as well; someone shoved a camera in Joe Jonas's face asking about Taylor Swift.)
Joe Jonas (he's the hot one) came out and politely introduced himself to us. I totally shook his hand, OMG!
Then he answered a few questions. He was happy to be back at the White House (the band was here for the Easter Egg roll) and just got a new motorcycle for his 19th birthday. I notice that we're wearing very similar sunglasses. Well, mine are the knockoffs of the Ray-Bans he's wearing.
Nick, Kevin, Dad, Bonus Jonas and the rest come out of the next car and are quickly taken into the White House as a security guard who may or may not be Refrigerator Perry's brother keeps the quickly growing crowd at arm's length.
Now it's a long waiting game while the Jonases are in their policy briefing. Yes, the JoBros get a policy briefing. They are children's health advocates, working for diabetes awareness (Nick, the cute one, has diabetes) and getting kids to be more active.
Jack Frame, cameraman for WTTG, has brought a intricately decorated envelope addressed to Nick, Joe and Kevin, from his daughter Erin. "I am to personally hand it to the Jonas Brothers or else I shouldn't come home," he says.
Stacey Cohan, also of WTTG: "As a member of the press, I have never asked anyone for an autograph, ever. But my niece wants their autograph more than anything in the world."
After a long wait they finally walk into the press room for a quick photo op. A few lucky, little fans get some pictures. Kevin (the other one) does most of the talking, while Nick and Joe just look cute and hot, respectively. One girl hands Kevin an envelope. "Awesome, thank you so much!" he tells her. "What's your name?"
They quickly go down to the press room pool to add their signatures to the list of luminaries who have left their mark. Bono's signature is pointed out and Kevin says, "This is really incredible, it's an honor."
Now it's quickly outside for a brief Q&A.
On the short walk there, I note to nobody in particular that Kevin is the one that does most of the talking for the group.
"Which one is he?" asks the guy, who is old enough to, you know, not know which Jonas is which.
"The older one, the one with the sideburns," I tell him."
"Oh, the one where they got in trouble for saying he's ugly," he responds.
Ha! [I never said he was ugly. - Ed.]
The questions stick to the topic at hand, and the boys would do the White House proud because they have their messaging down pat. Once again it's Kevin who does most of the talking - and is the only one who is loud enough to be audible when he speaks. "An hour and 45 minutes of running around on stage" is a popular phrase during this segment.
Our own videographer, Tammy Haddad, tries to get them off topic with a few questions about golf, who's the best and the worst.
"Well, I've been playing the longest," Nick diplomatically answers. As for the worst? The boys look around before Dad, standing next to me, apparently, raises his hand.
Now the boys are ushered onto the South Lawn to film a PSA with the Secretary of the Interior.
"Hi, I'm Nick."
"And I'm Dirk, and we're the Jonas Brothers."
"No we're the Jonas Brothers. You're the Secretary of the Interior."
Or something like that. We can't get too close. Don't want to spoil the big PSA, but I can get close enough to tell you that Dirk Kempthorne is having the time of his life.
And with that, our time at White House with the JoBros is over. As we walk out there's a group of four girls decked out in Jonas shirts. They like Kevin. Rather, they love Kevin and are devoted to him, fully.
There's also a dude with a hand-held camera and one of those Castro hats. "Are you with TMZ?" I ask him.
"Naw, man," he says. Bad liar.
Now it's off to Madame Tussauds, where we get to see wax Jonases unveiled.
McCain pool, eat your heart out.
-- DAVID MALITZ
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