The bad news for Barack Obama is that a good-looking, self-funded, scandal-free entertainer announced Monday that he wants to run for the White House. The good news is that the aspiring candidate is too busy right now to apply to college, let alone get a campaign together.
But once he has the time (and once he's old enough to vote), 16-year-old Nick Jonas said a political career is in his sights. "I've always had this dream of being the president some day," Jonas told a sold-out crowd at Washington's National Press Club. "In 2040 to be exact. We sell bumper stickers on tour that say 'Jonas 2040,' so go pick one of those up and start the campaign."
Jonas sounded like a seasoned politician and looked like one, too, having traded in his leather coat and skinny jeans for a tie and dark suit, complete with an American flag pin on his lapel.
The Broadway singer-turned-tween heart throb became the second youngest speaker ever to address the Press Club, talking about his campaign to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes. He was diagnosed with the disease three years ago and told the crowd about adjusting to life as he manages the disease. He said he pricks his finger 10 or more times a day to check his blood sugar levels, keeps orange juice and apple juice nearby in case he needs a quick sugar dose, but has never canceled a show because of his illness.
His trip to Washington is one of many he's taken this year. He and his brothers performed an acoustic set for the Obama daughters and their friends at the White House this winter, and he testified before Congress this summer to ask for increased funding for diabetes research. "That was an amazing thing to be a part of," he said. "It was such an honor, but I was a little nervous when I spoke."
After speaking for about 15 minutes, Jonas took questions from the audience for nearly half an hour. A few fun facts that came out of it:
* He does not wear a blood sugar monitor on stage "because my pants are kind of tight."
* His favorite food: Steak, "and I eat a lot of fruit."
* His typical day: Wakes up at 7 a.m., does press interviews or plays a game of golf; flies to next venue; has a sound check party and then performs a live show with his brothers.
* The best part about being a rock star: "Being able to play every night in front of people."
* The worst part: "Early mornings and late nights."
* Favorite musicians: Elvis Costello, Johnny Cash, Prince
* What's on his iPod? A British band called "The Zutons"
* Will there be a Camp Rock II?? Yes.
* What does he do for fun? Plays golf and softball with a team they have on tour. Also, he and his brothers "Watch movies and hang out. We're each others' best friends."
* Favorite book: A book of a thousand of the best quotes of all time.
* Does he have a girlfriend? No.
* Would he date a fan? Yes.
After gamely fielding personal questions, Jonas told the assembled Washington reporters, "I didn't know I was going to put a suit on and talk about this kind of stuff."
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