On Wednesday, the couple began a whirlwind visit to Washington, DC, where they were first given a private tour of the White House, along with their 19-month-old children Emma and Max.
Lopez and Anthony met with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and discussed education and the new Marc Anthony Scholarship Fund, which was set up to "fund Latino students who want to pursue higher education."
The celebrity couple met up again later in the evening with Obama at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual awards gala, where backstage before the president spoke, Obama led senators and members of congress in singing "Happy Birthday" to Anthony, who was honored at the event with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Lopez and Anthony were seated at the awards ceremony with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's black-tie gala comes around yearly at this time, but rarely with this kind of political and celebrity wattage. President Obama, who escorted first lady Michelle Obama, delivered the keynote remarks. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who smiled and kissed her way up the red carpet, was greeted with the passion and cellphone paparazzi usually reserved for, well, such divine beings as Jennifer Lopez, who accompanied her husband, Marc Anthony. He was there to pick up a lifetime achievement award -- on his 41st birthday.
"I'm telling you, J-Lo, watch out," Obama said from the lectern, teasing her about the Latina members of Congress who have a crush on her husband. Lopez cracked up and patted Anthony
Earlier in the day, Anthony and Lopez visited Obama in the Oval Office, where they talked children and education, Anthony said. The couple brought their twins with them.
"Max was tearing up the White House," Anthony said.
Anthony (in black tux and shades) and Lopez (in a long black gown) stopped to chat amiably in Spanish and English. Lopez let Anthony be the star, rubbing his back affectionately as he did most of the talking.
The well-wishers kept coming forth: "¡Feliz cumpleaños, Marc!"
Isn't he too young to be getting a lifetime prize?
"It's like his second one," Lopez giggled.
"The good news is, I know I have so much more to do," Anthony said. "It normally comes around when you're sort of done."
Power and glitz don't always go together, Anthony had to admit. But on this night, he said he felt right at home in Washington.
"You know what the common denominator is?" he asked. "I'm going to be in a room with fellow dreamers. I'm going to be in a room full of people with their own stories, whether it's getting out of the neighborhood, or 'I want to be a Supreme Court justice,' or 'I want to be president.' I understand that.
A little earlier, Anthony had accepted his award by saying, "I could not have thought of a better way to spend my birthday."
At Marc's Birthday Party last night