Were sure Members of Congress are good at some things. Baby-kissing, maybe, or cutting ribbons with those giant funny scissors.
But parking? At least one Member needs a refresher course.
An HOH tipster snapped a picture of a Mini Cooper bearing Member plates identifying the owner as being from Texas 21st district (that would be GOP Rep. Lamar Smith) parked in an illegal spot near the corner of C and First streets Southeast.
The little car was halfway in a legal spot, with the rear half jutting out into no-mans land, a configuration that normally would cause the citys crack parking police to slap a ticket on the windshield faster than you could say Im so sorry, officer ...
Sure, Members are technically permitted to park pretty much wherever they like while attending to official business (and we hear Smith was attending a working breakfast nearby), but most try to stay in the strictly legal spots to keep up appearances.
But perhaps even more surprising than a Member of Congress parking in an illegal spot is the fact that Smith, who hails from the Lone Star State where everything, from hairdos to T-bone steaks, is oversized drives a diminutive Mini Cooper.
A Smith staffer jokes to HOH that the Texan might need an even tinier ride to fit into Washingtons scant parking spots. He figured his Mini could fit, the staffer says. Maybe he needs to get a Smart Car.
Saluting a Slugger. Canada is home to just one Major League Baseball team (the Toronto Blue Jays), but that doesnt mean our neighbors to the north lack an appreciation for Americas pastime and one legendary slugger in particular.
Canadian Ambassador Gary Doer will host an event at his countrys embassy tonight for Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., who will be honored as a champion for children, according to an embassy spokeswoman.
The Baltimore Orioles legend and holder of the record for most consecutive games played is set to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from Super Leaders, a local charity that trains middle and high school students to become positive role models in their own communities.
In 2001, Ripken and his brother founded the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, a nonprofit that uses baseball and softball to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth. The charity partners with community groups to sponsor health education initiatives, summer camps and other programs designed to help build character and teach critical life lessons.
Not Quite Idol Worship. With Paula Abdul already gone and Simon Cowell exiting after this season, some American Idol fans are singing a sad tune.
But have no fear: Rep. Paul Hodes Senate campaign is hosting its own Idol competition. The New Hampshire Democrats version of the popular show, called Extreme Republican Idol, is designed to find the contestant who is the most out of tune and it doesnt even require any dreadful auditions.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.