Sunday, July 31, 2011

Brian Williams on The Hill, broadcast on 31 July 2011

Brian Williams on July 31, 2011: Taking the Hill. Inside Congress.

Brian Williams. Young Guns of GOP: Cantor and McCarthy.
For the staffers: life has become Groundhog Day.

There are 11,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, DC. Free lunch hosted by American Meat Institute.
Little kid in Darth Vader suit from VW superbowl ad. Max Page, 6 years old. Max is lobbying for children's hospitals.

Congressman John Lewis is shown. Lewis has been in Congress for a quarter century. Got to be willing to compromise. Quote leads into Tea Party, with a message of "no compromise."

The Senate sends the Speaker of the House a "Dear John" letter.

And Brian Williams talked about lessons we learned at the Capitol

Visit was on Wednesday. Boehner had to add amendment.

It's a young person's game. DC a city of former student council presidents.
The Hawk and Dove.
All offices have reminders from home states. Denny Hoyer and terrapins.
This place appears broken, but at least the coffee makers work. No time to make a Starbucks run.
Harry Reid: Boehner can't have paintings in his office because of smoke.
Bill Livinggood. Guv burn bag. One is never allowed to shoot pictures of the Senate doors.
30 television cameras brought to Hill at once.
Office of Gabbie Gifferts.
First telegraph message of Morse was from Capitol.
Shooting of reporter in 1890.
Free concerts on lawn by Marine band.
insidecongress website gives more of story.


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