Thursday, April 02, 2009

The Capitol and the Capitals...

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Had the opportunity to visit both yesterday in Washington D.C. with friends and fellow bloggers. Toured the Capitol with Congressman Bob Goodlatte after stopping by his office in the Rayburn building at which time he stated that he had to go to the House floor to vote and asked us to walk with him.

If you ever have to head over to the House of Representatives to cast a vote or watch the proceedings be sure to take a member of Congress with you for they know the shortcuts. While walking over Congressman Goodlatte introduced us to many other Congress Representatives along the way with several of them taking the time to talk with us…

The Congressman took us to the gallery area of the House floor where we had the opportunity to watch Congress at work with 435+ people walking, talking, discussing, debating, voting, and shaking their heads in affirmative and negative acknowledgement. It was amazing to watch these guys talk and imagine what they were talking about just by viewing the expressions on their faces…

After his vote Congressman Goodlatte returned to the gallery to sit with us for a considerable amount of time and to tell us about the history and features of the House chamber.





Afterwards we walked to a hallway the next level down from the house floor and found a place to talk at the floor of an impressive statue of Thomas Jefferson. This was a great opportunity to speak with the Congressman about the happenings in Washington and the new administration. Much time was spent on the state of the economy and the actions that the new President is proposing…


The Congressman seemed very interested in the happenings of what was going on here in Augusta County as well as our opinions and viewpoints on what we saw. We discussed numerous issues including transportation, agriculture, local GOP party actions, Dairy industry, land values, among other issues. He asked pointed questions and valued our opinions and kept the conversation going for a considerable amount of time…




Interestingly enough while we were talking in the Hall Speaker of the House Pelosi walked by while speaking to one of her people and saw us in deep conversation with the Congressman. She stopped at the end of the hall and walked back and forth past us an additional 3 to 4 times with pausing as she passed by us. Personal restraint and proper training kept Yankee Phil from directly debating the Speaker of the House and interrupting our conversation with Congressman Goodlatte… See here









The Capitals took the game 5-3 over the New York Islanders and Yankee Phil has a write up and photos here...






1 comment:

Phil said...

We all admired the results of her splendid cosmetic surgery. You would never ever know she turned 69 on Sunday