Isaak Confuses Sparkles with Stripes
"I'm starting to learn how to identify people's ranks, 'cause I only made it to, like, Cub Scouts," the singer and Showtime star, 47, told an audience of uniformed military brass.
"Tonight, twice I asked somebody for soup, and it was a general or something. But he actually got it there quick," joked Isaak, adding that his own outfit -- a sky-blue suit covered in silver sparkles -- was a uniform, of sorts.
"You think these are just show clothes, but actually all these sequins stand for something."
He didn't say what.
Isaak has done two tours with the USO, performing for American service personnel deployed in Afghanistan and Korea. He was in Washington to perform for Ann-Margret, 62, who received the USO's Spirit of Hope Award, the group's highest honor (named for the late Bob Hope).
The Swedish-born actress, best known for the '60s movies "Bye, Bye Birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas" (with Elvis), went on her first USO tour in 1959 at the age of 18. She told the audience: "To see the faces of all the brave men and women who serve our country ... to be able to bring some kind of joy and laughter to them, that was my very good fortune."