If you live in Congressional District 17 of New York State and were wondering where your Congressman
was on Tuesday, he was sitting in an aisle seat in the House chamber, waiting to shake President Obama's hand. Nothing wrong with that, until you realize how much time Rep. Eliot Engel spent in the seat before Obama arrived to address Congress. More than 12 hours! And you thought you didn't have a life!
address to a joint session of Congress in 1989. This morning, he
snagged an aisle seat at 8:30 a.m. and sat there all day, save for a
few bathroom and snack breaks.
Speaking to us by cell phone earlier today from the House floor, he
said, "It's an honor to shake the hand of the president of the United
States no matter who it is." [Link]
Yeah, buddy, I'm sure it IS an honor, but don't you have anything better to do with your time, such as trimming your nose hair?
his address, Engel got his presidential handshake. And he got a little
more face time on Obama's way out.
So did dozens of others who clamored for the aisles, many wielding
pens and programs of tonight's speech for the president to sign. [Link]
If I were Obama, I'd be careful which programs I signed.
Engel: "Great news, New Yorkers! I'm starting a Friday Night Prostitution Program!"
New Yorker: "Wonderful! But wait a minute … is that legal?"
Engel: "Of course it is! The president has signed off on it."