And then Roberts’s cellphone rang next to him on the dais. And the tune of “Let It Go,” the uber-anthem by Idina Menzel from the Disney animated smash “Frozen” that has captivated 7-year-olds across the world, filled the committee room.
Vilsack stopped talking. Roberts looked sheepishly at his smartphone. “Aw, come on,” he muttered.
Then he quipped to Vilsack, “Just let it go, mister,” drawing guffaws from fellow senators, staffers and the Obama cabinet members in the room, including Treasury’s Jacob Lew and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.
“Sorry about that,” Roberts added, turning off the phone and putting it away.
“Senator Roberts’s “Let it Go” ringtone is for his grandkids,” his spokeswoman Sarah Little told the Loop. “He balances it with Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk the Line.’ He changes depending on the day.”
The senator didn’t waste the blush-worthy moment, using it to make a partisan jab:
Maybe Congress is the perfect setting for “Frozen 2”? Though we’re not convinced that the kiddos would be lining up at the box office for that sequel…