Flying around the world on the government dime sure looks like fun.
On Monday, we poked fun at a Congressional delegation headed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor; now we've migrated to India, where Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Monday showed fellow lawmakers a surefire way to foster international trade: shooting hoops with retired NBA stars.
Sens. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) joined Warner in mugging for the cameras with pint-sized point guard extraordinaire (and former Washington Bullet!) Muggsy Bogues during a Junior NBA clinic at New Delhi’s Modern School.
The visiting solons each donned commemorative jackets honoring their respective hometown NBA teams for several group shots, but Warner apparently stuck with black dress shoes and rolled up sleeves (no breakaways?) while firing off 3-pointers and lining up for a ceremonial jump ball with Bogues.
The House and Senate India Caucus members are expected to make several more stops during their weeklong swing through the subcontinent, including trips to Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. No word on how many pick-up games they’ll squeeze in before returning home this weekend.
Correction: Jan. 10, 2012
An earlier version of this article had an incorrect reference to Twitter postings about House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) Congressional delegation.
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.