HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Double-Entendre
Updated: 5:10 p.m.
Rep. Maxine Waters has had a (rather naughty) a-ha moment about the recent tea party protests — which she felt the need to share Thursday afternoon at a Democratic Caucus meeting.
[IMGCAP(1)]According to an HOH tipster, Members were discussing the recent tea party protests when Waters got up to speak. The California Democrat relayed to her colleagues that her office received several calls about the “teabaggers— — and then asked if anybody else knew that there is a sexual connotation to the term.
Now, HOH isn’t going to explain the sexual connotation behind the term “teabagging.— (This is a family newspaper, after all.) But for those readers who aren’t aware of the dirty definition, here’s an informative link.
Yeah … awkward.
Most of the staffers under 40 in the room began laughing, our tipster said — while some of the older Members looked rather, well, puzzled by what Waters was even talking about.
After the meeting wrapped up, our tipster said Waters sat down with two of her fellow California Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jane Harman, to give what we can only imagine was a very scientific explanation of “teabagging.— Harman, according to our spy, had a look of horror on her face.
A Waters spokesman declined to comment.
Happy Constitution Day! Thursday marks the 222nd birthday of the ratification of the Constitution, and while most of us won’t be able to get down to the National Archives to view the all-important document in person, there are other ways to celebrate, via the Internet.
Constitution-lover Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) — who carries a pocket-size copy of the document — led the successful effort to rename Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in 2004 (up until that point, it had just been called Citizenship Day). Byrd’s legislation also mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions provide lessons on the history of the U.S. Constitution.
And even jaded Washingtonians can take time to reflect on the holiday. The Philadelphia-based National Constitution Center has a whole Web site dedicated to Constitution Day, which includes a sample naturalization test and the fun “Which Founder Are You— interactive quiz that identifies which Founding Father you can most relate to.
Scholastic — which we know caters to schoolchildren — offers a fun game on its Web site in which players must decide whether one-line excerpts from the Constitution belong in the Preamble, Articles I-VII, the Bill of Rights or additional amendments.
At Constitutionday.com, you can view the document (and accompanying Bill of Rights) but also buy a ton of Constitution-themed merchandise.
And here’s a fun piece of Constitution Day trivia: That famous “Don’t Taze Me, Bro— incident, in which a University of Florida student was tasered by police after causing a disturbance at a forum featuring Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), happened at an event in 2007 marking the holiday.
Mr. Mayors. Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker came to Washington Wednesday evening to screen “Brick City,— the new five-part documentary series set to air on the Sundance Channel, which follows Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker (D) as he aims to revitalize the crime-plagued city.
Whitaker joined Booker and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty at the event, which was held at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association offices near Union Station. Fenty introduced Booker, noting that the two young African American mayors bear a striking resemblance — “Imagine my excitement when Sundance was going to do a documentary about a tall, bald, good-looking mayor,— he joked.
Booker recalled that when he and Fenty were both city councilmen, he got mistaken for Fenty by a cabbie during a visit to Washington.
“I tried to play that for all it was worth, but the cabbie didn’t give me a break at all,— Booker joked.
“Brick City— premieres on Sept. 21.
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