While Clinton made the case for retrofitting buildings to be energy efficient, he may have had more glamorous events on his mind. Later that night, he celebrated his birthday at Craftsteak at the MGM Grand Hotel, one of the swankiest restaurants in Sin City, the New York Times reports.
The former president celebrated his 63rd birthday, which falls on Aug. 19, with former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, Clinton financial contributor Haim Saban and Clinton's former campaign adviser Paul Begala. Also present were Clinton's former White House chief of staff John Podesta, who accompanied Clinton to North Korea to help bring home journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, and Hollywood mogul Steve Bing, who lent Clinton his private jet for the North Korea mission.
Clinton may not have been the only politician at the event with more than one agenda. While pushing climate change legislation through the Senate will be a serious challenge for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat also has to think of preserving his own Senate seat.
Up for re-election in 2010, Reid is facing slumping poll numbers at home, the Las Vegas Sun reports, and stood to benefit from associating with the high-profile speakers at the event, such as Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, and oilman and alternative energy advocate T. Boone Pickens.