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    Congressional squatters wait up to 12 hours for aisle seat at State of Union so they can shake hands with the President

    To secure an aisle seat, members of Congress have to claim the spot
    ten to twelve hours
    in advance.
    State of the Union squatters, and scoring five seconds of inane conversation with the president involves a surprising amount of preparation.
    The whole interaction is so quick that members of Congress also have to make sure that they've prepared a concise comment. (Sample lines: "Donít forget us in North Carolina!" and "Stand by Israel, now.") However, passing these profound messages to the president isn't really the point. Some lawmakers are convinced that the move will impress their constituents. "I will be in my district somewhere in December and someone will say to me, 'I saw you on TV,'" Engel says. "I'll think it was one of the many interviews I've done, but they'll say 'No. You were shaking the President's hand.' People remember me shaking the President's hand."
    Lawmakers Camp Out for Chance to Meet President -- Daily Intelligencer

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    Once again I'm mislead by the topic preview. I thought this was about squatters like John Dingell who is listed as squatting the past 57 years and 60 days in Congress. Still behind Robert Byrd for the high score though.

    Or maybe Carl Hayden (56 years), Daniel Inouye (53) (I respected the guy, leave him off), Jamie L. Whitten (53), John Conyers (48) or even fun time Strom Thurmond (former states rights Dixiecrat, free trivia for your next gathering) who retired after a mere 47 years. Left out others from prior eras that weren't familiar to me. Left out Ted Kennedy (46) because I had almost forgotten, dammit. Now I'm doomed to remember that idiot some more.

    Marcus Junius Brutus served 16 years and helped depose a dictator. What have these professional congressional squatters accomplished other than monuments to themselves?

    12 hours? Pfft, amateurs.
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