Some say Washington is “Hollywood for ugly people”. Heck, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is known informally as the “Nerd Prom” for a reason. So, what happens when “wannabe Hollywood” meets REAL Hollywood? Over-excessive gushing, of course! Over the years, Congress has devoted its time to meeting and hearing testimony from Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Alec Baldwin, Michael J. Fox, Stephen Colbert, and even Seth Rogen, who was on the Hill this week to talk about Alzheimer’s Disease. Back in the day, who could forget the bizarre Congressional appearances of Dee Snider, Frank Zappa, or John Denver? The list is endless, and that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the schmooze-fest that’s been taking place inside the White House since Obama assumed the (p)residency.
So, it’s no surprise that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle had a lot of surplus drool to wipe off their shoes this week, when actor-turned-director-turned-actor-again Ben Affleck came to town to share stories of the struggle taking place in the Congo.
“Your credibility is really remarkable because of the depth of your commitment”,
quoth one Senator John McCain.
“So often we get celebrities and it’s as much about them as it is about the issue”,
added Republican Senator James Risch.
Are you feeling the love?
Imagine what they’d say if Ben’s BFF Matt Damon was sitting alongside him…
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