Congressional poet rhymes for a reason


Neil Armstrong and others inspired new verses by Congress’s unofficial poet. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Albert Carey Caswell, a longtime member of the Capitol guide service, has been contributing dozens of poems to the official record of Congress for years. He debuted his latest this week, an ode to the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor: John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) officially submitted Caswell’s latest poem. A Ryan spokesman tells us his boss appreciates Caswell’s poetic tradition, and that he feels a special home-state connection to the poem’s subjects, Buckeye State natives Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.

And you thought there was no rhyme or reason to what Congress does.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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