Guess who I spent the evening with tonight?
Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi…heavy hitters in for a late night Senate session discussing the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act. There were less than a dozen Senators present, but we were shocked and thrilled as we filed into the Senate Chamber and saw Mrs. Clinton on the floor…no matter what your political persuasion, it was an unexpected delight to see in person those we’ve watched for a lifetime on the news. Oh, yeah, and John McCain was milling around the halls.
Access to the Senate and House Chambers was thanks to Representative Zack Wamp.
More soon, we’re having a GREAT trip…for now, I just wanted to drop a few names ;).
(Cameras aren’t allowed most areas of the Captol, but here’s one I took with my cell as we pulled away.)
So, in real life were they all munchkins? And did you feel like Dorothy?
Did you want to tap your toes together and say “there’s no place like home”
Seriously – did they have any debate down there on that subject?
Just make sure none of it rubs off on you
I’d find more delight in getting a tooth pulled.
oh and I don’t think I’d be excited to see Teddy or Hillary;) But seeing the buildings must be very neat.
That must have been neat – however, I’m a little disappointed to find out only a dozen of our senators were there. What gives with that? Shouldn’t more have been involved with what sounded like a heavy topic?
Oh yeah – and I want to hear how exhilarating it must have been trying to keep all those pre-teens in line!!!
That is exciting – to see these people in person….I want to hear about the bus driver.
i expect a full description of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act when you get home
Cool. Did you learn anything about Mrs. Clinton et al by seeing her up close and personal and hearing her/them speak? Or not so much?
I walked by a high ranking Canadian official when on a trip in Montreal. However, I never got his name–just recognized him as famous.
Hey, impressive. Of course, I’d have a few choice words to say to just about any politician these days but I’d be impressed at the same time. Paradoxical, no?
That is so cool!
Agreed – no matter your political persuasion, a visit to the Senate floor is kinda WOW! Isn’t it weird how they still use those walking teletype things? It was also a lot smaller than I expected. And the frisking before entering – did you get to walk thru the underground tunnels from your Rep’s office to the Capitol? Only bad thing about that is all the stairs that come afterwards to get back up…
SO excited for you!
I saw Hilary at Mesa Verde National Park when her husband was in office. I was surprised at how much more attractive sh e is in person.
Pamela, more like pontification, but we weren’t able to stay long… And speaking of Dorothy, the red slippers were on display at the Smithsonian!
WT, like there’s a chance of that??!! Interrobang, Interrobang!
Chas…shut up and go make a Republican video or something…;)
Malissa, if you ever have chance to go, you’ll see what I mean. It just doesn’t matter…it’s a living history in play.
Karmyn, people have no idea how “it” really works; most of their speeches are done with few people present; they only attend for the votes. This was around 9:00 p.m. and the only peeps who were there had something to say “for the record”…everyone else can read the transcripts, I guess.
As for your other comment, it’s coming…I’m still recuperating ;).
Beckie, that’s a post all to itself.
Anon, I expect you expect more than that!!!!
Kurt, it was too brief of time, and the distance from the Gallery to the Floor is too far for an up close inspection. For some reason, it WAS impressive they were there so late…you’d almost think they were beyond that.
James, paradoxical, yes, but I understand completely :).
Deb, welcome back stranger :).
Tigger, ahh, yes, you know that of which I speak :). The teletype peeps amaze me, their fingers are poetry in motion. No, we met Wamp on the stairs and he escorted us in; we DID get to use the spiral staircase to the rotunda, so that was nice. Plus, no other groups were in at that hour. I’m glad to say he exceeded my expectation :).
Richie Ann, I couldn’t really tell a difference from the distance; but still, it was so cool they were there :).
I think my blood would have boiled, but I bet it was amazing to see them in real life. Glad you’re having a great time!