Colbert also noted that the duo actually wrestled three times and Colbert won each time but he still agreed to a rematch.
So will it happen? Perhaps.
Chaffetz spokeswoman Alisia Essig told HOH that the Congressman found the experience fun and has said he would like to appear on the show again.
She noted that more than three hours of footage actually was taped, including a segment featuring Colbert giving Chaffetz a facial and another of the duo playing Guitar Hero.
And the continued wrestling rivalry is quite amusing for Chaffetz staffers. I think we laughed so hard we almost cried, Essig said.
Closet Cases. Ladies of Washington, your shopping days are numbered. With just over a week before the inauguration, HOH was surprised at the folks we talked to who havent a clue what theyll be wearing on the big night.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), whose signature style is bold, artistic designer gear, hasnt picked out a ball dress, she said. I havent thought about it, she told us. I was just glad to get through swearing-in day.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) is planning to attend the celeb-packed ball hosted by the Creative Coalition, and said she hasnt picked out an ensemble, either. But at least shes got a strategy. Something warm, she told us, as a veteran of a few inaugurations, which nearly always involve chilly temps, long lines at coat check and impossible-to-hail cabs. Ill even wear boots and tights under a gown, she says. Or maybe a feminine tux.
And heres a lesson for the guys in the lives of Washingtons women: Bono Macks husband, Rep. Connie Mack IV (R-Fla.), overheard his bride talking about her inaugural fashion dilemma and chimed in with the best thing a guy can say, ever: Shell be beautiful in whatever she wears.
Massa Fuels Up on Controversy. When freshman Rep. Eric Massa made his first trip to Washington, D.C., as a Member of Congress last week, the New York Democrat drove a hydrogen-powered car in order to showcase the potential of the low- emissions technology.
The only problem? Massa wound up giving off more emissions than if hed just driven a run-of-the-mill car.
Massa drove a Chevrolet Equinox, a hydrogen-powered vehicle that is being developed in his upstate New York district, to Washington on Jan. 5. But because fuel-cell cars like the Equinox can travel only about 160 miles before needing to be recharged, Massa had to switch vehicles in Harrisburg, Pa., to complete his journey. And after he reached Capitol Hill, two Chevrolet Tahoe hybrid sport utility vehicles towed the cars back to their original locations in Honeoye Falls, N.Y., and Washington.
The complicated journey generated plenty of criticism from conservative pundits like Warner Todd Huston, who punned that Massa made a fuel of himself.
It was all a show best seen as a Saturday Night Live skit gone stupid, he wrote on the conservative Web site redstate.com.
But Massa spokesman Jared Smith told HOH that the Congressman was upfront about the need to take two cars to get to Washington. In fact, Smith said, the trip helped prove Massas long-held argument that more infrastructure is needed for fuel-cell vehicles to succeed.
After all, when your car runs out of gas, you can easily refuel, but when a fuel cell car needs a quick charge, its not that easy. Our goal has been to highlight this technology, and it certainly seems that we have been successful at that, Smith said. These vehicles are ready to hit the road. Whats needed, and this is what [General Motors] engineers told us as well, is infrastructure.
Drinking With (or Near) Obama. Getting a drink at some bars is harder than just flagging down a bartender. Patrons of Off the Record, the bar located on the ground floor of the Hay-Adams Hotel, the temporary home of the Obama family, really have to want it.
To get into the bar in the same hotel where the future first family is shacking up while more permanent digs are readied, one must walk through a narrow pathway lined with barricades down I Street Northwest (which is closed to traffic) marked for bar patrons. A security check, complete with X-rays and metal-detecting wands, awaits.
Inside, there are plenty of Secret Service types wandering around, adding a little earpiece ambiance. And every now and then, the security guys hold a large folding screen over the doors leading from the bar to the hotel to block an incoming or outgoing VIP (is that you, Sasha and Malia?) from barflies prying eyes.
An HOH spy said all the hoopla hasnt deterred the crowds in fact, in typical D.C. fashion, the proximity to power and accompanying hassle was probably a draw, contributing to the packed house last week.
Photo Op Awry. Organizers of the inaugural proceedings better hope the historic ceremony itself goes better than last weeks photo op meant to show off the preparations for it.
On Friday, photographers gathered for a peek and a few shots of the construction along the Capitols West Front, where workers are building the platform for the president to be sworn in on Jan. 20. Expecting to see crews toiling picturesquely, the photographers instead found … very little. A trio of construction workers apparently on their lunch break were the only action to be found, so the photographers happily snapped away at them as they munched on snacks from a mini cooler and mugged for the camera.
Not exactly the picture of bustling efficiency the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies might have hoped for.
And to make matters worse, a flatbed truck soon approached the area, leading the camera folk to think they might actually get some live-action shots. The truck, though, drove over an open grate and got its wheel stuck, providing another scene that the camera corps happily documented.
A spokeswoman for the committee brushed it off, saying much of the work was already complete and that the committee was satisfied with the event.
Anna Palmer contributed to this report.
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