Actor Wilmer Valderrama came to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, just more than four months after his last appearance in the halls of Congress and this time, he remembered to wear the proper color socks.
Valderrama appeared with Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and several other Members at a press conference to officially launch Voto Latinos campaign urging Hispanics to participate in the 2010 U.S. Census. Valderrama last came to Capitol Hill in the fall, also touting his work with the nonprofit group and during that visit, Becerra poked fun at the actor for wearing white socks with his dark suit.
I forgot the white socks this time, Valderrama joked Wednesday, noting that he and the Congressman share a joke that the fashion faux pas is the actors tribute to the late singer Michael Jackson. I think its a good look they obviously disagree.
Valderrama joined Becerra and Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.) and Mike Honda (D-Calif.) to introduce Voto Latinos new census-themed public service announcements. And since Valderrama has become such a familiar face on Capitol Hill, HOH wondered whether he might make a run for Congress himself.
I dont know, man, Valderrama told HOH, laughing. I dont know if Ill be running for office, but I definitely want to be part of the big picture. Youll see me a lot more around here.
Vegas, Baby. President Barack Obama and Las Vegas: Lets call them the new Brangelina (Las Obamas? Vebama?). Theyre on, theyre off; theyre making up, theyre in a tiff.
Were on an emotional roller coaster with this man, says David Cherry, spokesman for Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.).
Obama ticked off lawmakers from Sin City on Tuesday by warning that people shouldnt go blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when theyre trying to save for college. That remark came almost a year to the day from when he first angered Nevadans by telling bailout recipients not to take the bucks to Vegas an insult that sent the president into damage-control mode and precipitated a trip to Vegas last May, in which he gave the city props.
And although Obama backtracked on his most recent Vegas-bashing, hell have a chance to do more: Hes scheduled to take a trip to the maligned city later this month.
Cherry said Berkleys staff has been joking about ways the president could atone for the insult. Maybe he could do a David Blaine-type stunt where he does the peoples business for a few days while suspended above the Strip, he suggested.
Heres the timeline:
2007 and 2008 During the campaign, Obama visits Las Vegas frequently, to the delight of Democratic lawmakers.
Feb. 10, 2009 Obamas first snub, in which he urges Wall Street types
not to spend those taxpayer dollars in Vegas.
Visitors get their first look at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which opened to the public on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. The new memorial is located off Independence Ave. SW between the Rayburn House Office Building and HHS. Buy photo here.