Unlike President Donald Trump, many lawmakers listened to the warnings and wore solar eclipse glasses to look at the sun on Monday.
The president briefly looked skyward before putting on his protective glasses when he and first lady Melania Trump joined millions of Americans to view the solar eclipse.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, was the only lawmaker spotted at the Capitol steps on Monday steps because he was to preside over the Senate on Tuesday morning.
But with Congress home for its August recess, many of his colleagues in the House and the Senate tweeted photos of them watching the eclipse, some in the path of totality.
— Michael F. Bennet (@SenBennetCO) August 21, 2017
Some embraced their nerdness, like #scificongressman Rep. Richard Neal.
— Rep. Richard Neal (@RepRichardNeal) August 21, 2017
Drove to Hastings to catch eclipse.
Was totally work it.
I’m comfortable with my nerdness.
— Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) August 21, 2017
Some lawmakers found other ways to celebrate the day.
— Mark Young (@urbanmark2014) August 21, 2017
Others tweeted photographs on their staffers back in D.C. checking out the show.