It was a scene reminiscent of the Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Show: a mop-top musician causing a roomful of young girls to swoon including one who even fainted.
Nick Jonas, one third of the tween-rock outfit, the Jonas Brothers, testified this morning at the Senate Homeland Security Committee about his experiences with diabetes. His comments were apparently quite affecting, and a few minutes into his delivery, a young woman who had been standing in the back of the hearing room keeled over.
The woman, who witnesses told HOH was also diabetic, was removed from the room, looking alert and OK, according to one witness.
The fuss at the back of the room didnt interrupt the hearings (the witnesses and Members were oblivious to it), and Chairman Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) seemed equally excited about the other celebrity witnesses, who were decidedly more appealing to the oldsters.
The younger members of my office the pages and interns were excited about Nick Jonas, he said. I myself am thrilled to be a room with Sugar Ray Leonard and Mary Tyler Moore.
Lieberman continued, poking fun at his relatively, er, mature, cultural touchstones. I dont want to date myself, but Id be thrilled to be in a room with Sugar Ray Robinson, he said.
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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.