Congressman announces for the first time in 29 years, instead of getting attention one way, he will get it another way.
— Jim Antle (@jimantle) February 28, 2017
In case you hadn’t already heard, Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel has announced that he’s bucking his own tradition and will not be shaking the president’s hand tonight:
A senior House Democrat well known for securing a prime center aisle seat to shake the president’s hand at joint sessions of Congress announced Tuesday he won’t follow the tradition for President Trump.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) said in a House floor speech early Tuesday afternoon that he won’t be making the bipartisan gesture when Trump walks down the center aisle toward the dais to deliver his speech.
It’ll be the first time in Engel’s 29 years serving in the House that he won’t stake out a coveted center aisle seat.
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Why does this matter? Do I really care?”
@thehill Why is this a thing? Why are you wasting words on this? Why am I???
— PhDeepthoughts (@PhDeepthoughts) February 28, 2017
@thehill this is…meaningless
— Unite and Win (@Unite_and_Win) February 28, 2017
Not so fast … according to NBC News Capitol Hill producer Alex Moe, this is “BIG”:
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) February 28, 2017
So very BIG, you guys.
— Nino (@baldingschemer) February 28, 2017
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) February 28, 2017
— Teresa smith (@curlygirl990) February 28, 2017
Is Engel being petty and childish? Yes. Is this really a major scoop? Hardly.
— The 57th State ℅EF™ (@EF517_V2) February 28, 2017
— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) February 28, 2017
— MerCel Capital (@darylmox) February 28, 2017
@AlexNBCNews By what criteria is this "BIG"?
— Chris Lloyd (@chrisrlloyd) February 28, 2017
— B'sC'sSoxPats-Yup! (@RedDFredDFla) February 28, 2017
— Sam (@BGCNRS) February 28, 2017
— John Barron (@Jimbean87055631) February 28, 2017
— Jack Heretik (@JackHeretik) February 28, 2017
I think this is the opposite of "BIG" https://t.co/2PJzCYQ4C4
— Elizabeth Harrington (@LizWFB) February 28, 2017
@AlexNBCNews calm down
— Garrett (@CommandoGman) February 28, 2017
— Wit'sEnd (@Nayrue) February 28, 2017
One day the media will learn that shit like this is why they and Congress are despised.
Today is not that day. https://t.co/WAEj94mnTR
— RBe (@RBPundit) February 28, 2017