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Stevie Wonder Unites Bush, Foes

March 4, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Bush and Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle found rare common ground Sunday night in Stevie Wonder’s ``Superstition,″ which had them clapping and swaying along with a roomful of politicians in black tie.

Wonder was among the artists headlining an annual benefit for Ford’s Theatre, where Abraham Lincoln was shot and where the performing arts live on.

``If you’re feeling it, let it out!″ Wonder commanded his audience, which also included Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman, top Bush aides Karen Hughes and Andy Card, and a battery of lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott.

``Frasier″ star Kelsey Grammer hosted the gala, gently mocking Bush’s recent call to two years’ volunteerism by telling his audience that attendance counted for two hours.

Magician David Copperfield recruited Daschle for a trick involving a disappearing duck, then brought him up a second time to replay the stunt in slow motion, with ``Chariots of Fire″ as the soundtrack.

Alas, Grammer told Lott, ``he cannot make the Senate Democratic majority disappear.″

The show airs on ABC in a to-be-determined slot.

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