Midler continued her speech in the press room, taking the stage and immediately apologizing for all the names she somehow missed earlier.
Midler’s second round of thank-yous also drove her to tears when she remembered the Hawaii locals who, when she was growing up in Honolulu, helped lift her out of poverty and introduce her to theater.
“(They) took me to the first restaurant I ever went to,” she said, her voice getting choked up. “I was really, really poor and (they) showed me there was another way, another way of life, and it was really marvelous.”
She ended her speech with a bang, declaring “Bette Midler for president!” and walking offstage.
As if her earlier speeches weren’t enough, Midler also took to Twitter to thank her Hello, Dolly! cast. “In all the pandemonium tonight I neglected to thank the brilliant ensemble of ‘Hello Dolly,’ whom I adore,” she wrote. “Please forgive me kids! I’m old!”
Not too old to steal the show.