Phase one of the Bush Economic Stimulus Pogram was in effect late Sunday at the Roseland Ballroom, where guests at "R: The Party" paid $5 for cans -- sorry, no bottles -- of Miller Light and Corona, and shelled out their own cash for burgers, franks and mozarella sticks.
Jenna and Barbara Bush, casually decked out in blue jeans and Rebecca Taylor tops, were trailed in by Bo Derek, born-again Baldwin bro Stephen, Don King, and Aaron Buerge, the hunky Missouri banker/pilot and rabid Bush fanatic from season two of "The Bachelor," who was ready to play favorites.
"If I was going to date one of them? It would be Barbara," Buerge said, very, very quickly.
"Barbara came over, introduced herself to me, she was warm and friendly and said she wants to go out and dance later on," Buerge said during a midnight break from partying. "Jenna was surrounded by a lot of her friends and was content doing that."
Jenna, Buerge continued, is "very witty and quick on her feet," while Barbara presents a more laid-back façade.
"I hope I'll have a chance to dance with her later on tonight. Both of the girls have a little bit of that vigor that their father has."
Upcoming Christian singer Jill Phillips, in from Nashville, won a strong reaction from the crowd, even if one guest said her music had "a Dixie Chicks" feel. White, star-shaped lights lit up the dance floor.
Extra-special Extra correspondent Emily Pataki scored one of the first interviews with the twins, though it wasn't exactly revelatory journalism.
"We're very excited for our party," Barbara said. "It's going to be so much fun."
"We have tons of friends in town from Texas," added Jenna. "It's going to be great."
Today, the Bush daughters attend a luncheon hosted by the National Republican Federation of Women in honor of their mother. Wednesday, they'll introduce Andy Card at a youth event, where Angie Harmon and hubby Jason Sehorn, the NFL cornerback, are also expected.
Sharon Bridbord contributed to this columnCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times