Every week, HOH gets to know a Member of Congress better through a series of five fun questions.
This week, we spoke to Rep. Bill Keating (D-Mass.) about his favorite movie, recurring dreams and the three historical people he would like to have dinner with.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: The one I’d have to say, if I had to rank one, is “To Kill a Mockingbird.” It just strikes a chord in me. I was a district attorney for 12 years before this, and I think being drawn to government and standing up for the people that can’t stand up for themselves, against the odds ... it’s a terrific thing. And taking the wrath of your community by doing the right thing, all those are themes that really struck a chord in me.
Q: If you could vacation anywhere, where would you go?
A: Really, the truth, and it’s boring ... I’d just like to be at my house in Cape Cod because there’s just the familiarity and relaxation. I really enjoy that in the summer, but if you ask me that in the winter ... I’ve never been to Hawaii. Everyone I’ve talked to — family, friends — has always said there’s no place like Hawaii. So it’s an incomplete, for now.
Q: Who — living or dead, fictional or real — would you most want to have dinner with?
A: Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and — everyone always says it, but — Jesus Christ. Do I have to pick one? Get those three together, that would be quite a dinner! It would really be disappointing if they ended up in a food fight, though!
Q: If you could have any job other than your current one, what would it be?
A: General manager of the Boston Red Sox.
Q: What superpower would you want, if you could have one?
A: The ability to fly. I have dreams where I’m flying, and they’re very pleasant dreams. For whatever reason, I have those dreams, and they’re always the one you wake up saying, “Ah, well, that was pretty good!”
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.