Clint Holmes joins lineup for Obama


Las Vegas entertainer Clint Holmes has been added to the glitterati lineup for Tuesday's political fundraiser featuring President Barack Obama.

Holmes is joining Caesars Palace headliner Bette Midler, Harrah's headliner Rita Rudner, and singer Sheryl Crow. Holmes, who has been headlining in Las Vegas for most of the past decade, is singing the National Anthem at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

It will be the third president he has performed for and the third time he's sung for Obama.

The president is making his first visit to Las Vegas since being elected. He's here to boost the re-election effort of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and repay the swing state for turning Democratic.

Holmes was the first African-American in the U.S. Army Chorus, which sang at all the official functions during his two years with the group. That was during the early years of the Nixon administration.

He also sang for President George H.W. Bush during a TV special at the White House.

He sang for Obama twice during his presidential campaign stops at Cashman Field and Henderson.

During a personal meeting with Obama at the rally in Henderson, Holmes' wife, Kelly Clinton, reminded her husband to tell Obama one of their favorite family show business stories.

Holmes recounted the night he was headlining at the Suncoast late last year. He told the crowd his family history.

"My mother is a white British opera singer, my father was a black jazz singer, which makes me," pausing, "Barack Obama."

From the audience a woman's voice was heard saying "I wish."

It was his 93-year-old mother, Audrey.

Obama, said Holmes, was "the only candidate I really got involved with, believed in and campaigned for."

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Four-time NFL All-Pro tight end Jeremy Shockey was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital Sunday, after reportedly suffering from dehydration while partying at Rehab, the Hard Rock Hotel's pool venue. Shockey, the former University of Miami star who was the New York Giants' No. 1 pick in 2002, was treated and released. ...

CNN political reporter Ed Henry was in the audience for Whoopi Goldberg's show at Encore Theatre on Saturday. He sent me a Twitter early Sunday saying she opened with a moment of silence for the late Danny Gans. Goldberg's daughter and granddaughter were in the crowd, Henry added. Henry is in town to cover Obama's appearance at Tuesday's political fundraiser. ...

Las Vegas resident Leigh Zimmerman, who played Ulla, the leggy Swedish sex siren in Mel Brooks' Las Vegas version of "The Producers," is playing Velma in London's West End staging of "Chicago" for six weeks.

SIGHTINGS

Professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo from "Dancing With the Stars," at the 10:30 p.m. performance of "Peepshow" Saturday at Planet Hollywood Resort. After the show they went backstage to visit their friend Kelly Monaco who won the first season of "Dancing with the Stars" with Mazo. ... Cheech & Chong, checking out the Flight of the Conchords' sold-out show in The Joint ( Hard Rock Hotel) after their show Saturday at the Palms. ... Rudner added a bonus to her Friday show at Harrah's. After informing the audience that she was joining Midler and Crow at the Reid fundraiser at Caesars Palace, Rudner asked the audience to help her as she practiced her jokes. ... At Jet (The Mirage) on Saturday: Wes Welker of the New England Patriots, Stephen Cooper and Shaun Phillips of the San Diego Chargers, Panic at the Disco band members, including lead guitarist Ryan Ross, drummer Spencer Smith, and bassist Jon Walker. Rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em gave a special performance of "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." ... At N9NE Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday: Dane Cook, Shockey, Paul Pierce, Sam Cassell, Drew Gooden, Michael Finley, Steven Jackson, Juwan Howard, and Andre Johnson ... At Moon (Palms): running backs Sammy Morris and Larry Johnson ... Staying at the Trump International Hotel this weekend: UFC star Rashad Evans, who lost to Lyoto Machida in the UFC event at MGM Grand Garden arena on Saturday, and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian.

THE PUNCH LINE

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