Heard on the Hill: Dealing With a Few Ruffled Feathers in the Senate

Posted May 28, 2010 at 5:29pm

Spoiler alert: This tale has a sad, sad ending.

A bird flew into the ornate Lyndon B. Johnson room just off the Senate floor Thursday through an open door in the hallway, a witness tells HOH. Architect of the Capitol workers were summoned, and they arrived with a net to snare the bird and deliver it back to the wild.

But unlike some other wildlife-invasion stories that HOH has reported on (other birds and even a peeing squirrel!), alas, this little feathered hero(ine) got confused, panicked and flew into a closed window, AOC spokeswoman Eva Malecki tells us. “It was disposed of promptly and properly,” she says.

RIP, little birdie.

McCartney Is Here, There, Everywhere

Plenty of celebrities visit Washington, but it’s a rare moment indeed when the granddaddy of them all rolls into town.

Sir Paul McCartney is in D.C. — the town where the Beatles gave their first U.S. concert in 1964 —this week to collect the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. McCartney is expected to make an appearance at the LOC today, and on Wednesday he will head over to the White House East Room for a special concert in his honor.

The all-star lineup of performers includes Stevie Wonder (last year’s Gershwin winner), Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Dave Grohl, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock and Corinne Bailey Rae. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will deliver remarks.

President Barack Obama will present the award to McCartney, as he did last year when Wonder nabbed the prize. The honor commemorates the legendary songwriting team of brothers George and Ira Gershwin (whose collection resides at the Library) and is given to artists whose lifetime of work makes a significant contribution to popular music.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to score a ticket to the tribute concert, don’t fret: It’s set to air July 28 on PBS.

Swift-ly Raising Campaign Cash

While the Jonas Brothers are expected to perform at the White House on Wednesday for a concert honoring Sir Paul McCartney (see our other HOH item), brother Joe’s ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift will be at the Verizon Center — and several Members are using the country star’s show to raise cash.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the Voice for Freedom political action committee, chaired by Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), and the Wedge PAC, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), are scheduled to host fundraisers at the Swift concert.

Guess Swift has a few fans who aren’t lovelorn 16-year-old girls.

Wyden Uses John’s John

Republicans and Democrats might not share many opinions these days, but at least they can share a loo.

A tipster spotted Sen. Ron Wyden on Thursday stopping by the offices of House Minority Leader John Boehner.

The Oregon Democrat wasn’t there to discuss policy — he was looking for a bathroom on the second floor of the Capitol in the Ohio Republican’s suite of offices.

The spy says Wyden was friendly and grateful to the staffer who handed over the key to the facilities.

Bipartisanship might not be anyone’s No. 1 priority, but it still happens.

Overheard on the Hill

“Hey Quigley, can’t we all just get along?”

“No, this is
hockey.”

— Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), pleading for a little comity from Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), in a video about the wager between Quigley and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) over their hometown teams’ face-off in the Stanley Cup playoffs — and Quigley’s response.

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