The Hill reporter Sam Youngman didnt mean to set off any alarms during his stint on White House pool duty during Fridays Washington Nationals game.
Youngman was at the ballpark shadowing President Barack Obama, who was attending the game between the Nats and his beloved White Sox during which Nats phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg was making his second home appearance. The scribe sent a pool report e-mail describing leaving the press box at the top of the sixth inning and couldnt help but add an admiring postscript about the rookie pitcher. Strasburg had at that point given up three hits and one run, he wrote. Kid is sick.
Youngman, of course, was referring to Strasburg, and the reporters meaning of sick was the one described on UrbanDictionary.com as crazy, cool, insane.
Twenty minutes later, he sent this message: To clarify: Nobody is ill. Pooler meant that strasburg is very talented.
Youngman tells HOH that his use of the slang in the first dispatch prompted an e-mail from someone asking which of the Obama children, Sasha or Malia, was sick. As in ill. Or, rather, as in under the weather.
I couldnt help but laugh, he says. And it got quite a reaction from my colleagues in the White House press corps.
The Funkadelic Congress
The Congress isnt just the worlds most important legislative body its also the nations hottest club band (or so it claims).
Top 40 cover band the Congress is becoming a regular fixture in the Northern Virginia bar scene, performing pop, hip-hop and R&B hits at spots in the Arlington area. (The band will play RiRa Irish Pub on Thursday.)
Drummer Ben Marcheski tells HOH that the band, formed in 2008, picked its legislative-themed name as a tribute to the funk group Parliament.
Were deep-rooted with funk music, so we came up with the Congress as an American version of that, Marcheski says, adding the groups location in the D.C. area also played a role in picking the name.
Marcheski points out that the definition of Congress has many meanings including sexual intercourse, which he says the band didnt even realize at first. Perhaps there is something subliminal there on levels I cant even touch, he joked.
The Congress has run into difficulties dealing with that other Congress. For example, the bands website is
thecongressband.com because thecongress.com was already taken by the watchdog group Public Citizen. I hope we dont get in any trouble with any trademarks or whatnot, Marcheski joked.
The band does have some connections to Congress, as vocalist Casey Elliott sings in the Navy band and frequently performs at the Capitol, Marcheski says.
Another interesting tidbit: American Idol fans might remember vocalist Travis Tucker, who made it to Hollywood on season four of the reality competition.
Special Dinner for Sen. Dad
Warning: This item might warm your heart.
An HOH spy eyed Sen. Bob Corker at Poste Moderne Brasserie in Chinatown on Sunday evening. The Tennessee Republican, who our spy noted sipped wine during his meal, was seated on the patio with his wife and daughter.
Corker visited the restaurant with his family as a special treat for Fathers Day, his spokeswoman tells HOH.
United We Dream protesters carry a mock coffin to the office of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Monday, July 21, 2014, to hold one of their "funeral services for the Republican Party" due to GOP positions on immigration. The immigration reform group visited several other Senate Republican offices to hold similar funeral services.