Does the man who once sat on Cloud 7 believe there's something to Building 7? On Howard Stern's radio show last night, Tony Bennett questioned who was really to blame for the September 11th attacks that killed 2,996 Americans. "They flew the plane in, but we caused it," Bennett said. "But who are the terrorists? Are we the terrorists or are they the terrorists?" Bennett was alluding to the imposing presence of the United States in the Middle East prior to the attacks, but the damage had already been done. Look for his new single, "Who Can I Turn To (When People Find My Views On 9/11 In Poor Taste)," this fall.
Whether you believe that he left his brain in San Francisco or not, Bennett's other revelation was equally as interesting: while receiving honors at the Kennedy Center in 2005, Bennett claims that George W. Bush told him that he was too hasty in invading Iraq. ""He told me personally that night that, he said, 'I think I made a mistake.'" Bennett is a veteran of World War II, and has been a pacifist ever since. "To start a war in Iraq was a tremendous, tremendous mistake internationally," he said.
Just one night before speaking to Howard Stern, Bennett had New York City in the palm of his hand for his birthday show at the Met. President Bill Clinton introduced him, and Robert DeNiro, Katie Couric, and Whoopie Goldberg all attended the Alec Baldwin-hosted affair. According to the Huffington Post, "At one point, Bennett merely shuffled his feet and spun around, and the applause lasted a good 10 seconds." Sounds like another "gala" we've attended.