Hey party people! Because today is President Barack Obama’s address to the nation and both chambers of Congress, we decided to combine alternative job/economy-themed activities with National Kissing Day, which is trending on Twitter for some reason even though it was actually back in July.
We will provide you with a list of events around our lovely, soggy town where you will be able to steal a kiss or two. (Extra points, if you get a smacker at each of these happenings.)
At the Capitol today, the super committee is having its coming-out party, er, first hearing. There will definitely be kissing there. Find a staffer, ask for a kiss.
Obama will give his jobs speech at 7 p.m. today to a joint session of Congress, sans five or maybe four GOP Members. (As an aside, the Obama’s speech scheduling debacle is an appropriate analogy for his past year, no?)
Find a Member and ask for some love.
Not near a television but still want to check in on the president’s speech? For a decidedly partisan slant, follow Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) as he live-tweets the speech while watching it on TV from his office. If you visit his office, maybe Broun will kiss you, but probably not.
For those who don’t care about the president’s speech, which includes at least one Member of Congress, the NFL season kicks off with a pre-game extravaganza. The game between the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints has been punted to 8:30 p.m. to make room for the president’s speech.
So fly to Louisiana and crash Republican Sen. David Vitter’s NFL kickoff bash because he can no longer attend (lame).
For those who don’t know, Vitter was all set to skip town and the president’s address so he could have a party, but then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) put the kibosh on that plan and now Vitter has to work (so lame).
“Typical Harry Reid,” Vitter moaned on his Facebook page. “He’s now scheduled votes that should’ve been held this morning for right before and right AFTER the prez’s speech. Pens in those who would have skipped speech, like me.”
“Always knew Harry was a Dirty Birds fan!” Vitter continued. Sigh. Work is hard. Anyway.
Crash Vitter’s party, steal many kisses, fly back to DC and tell Vitter all about it. Then watch him haz a sad.
For those who take the economy seriously, however, you may want to actually contribute by hitting up D.C.’s Fashion’s Night Out.
Not in D.C.? Buy things for America in your very own metropolis, and lots of kissing might happen if you let it.
Care more about actual jobs in your area? Washington has at least one real-life lecture on making jobs that’s happening tonight. Want in on the conversation? Check it out at the National Building Museum. You can try to steal a kiss there, but they might be distracted trying to find the jobs and such.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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