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Al Gore didn’t invent the internet. But he was the first person to speak on C-SPAN.

Anyone who reads -- or has ever read -- the Fix knows that I am a giant C-SPAN fanboy. Before Mrs. Fix and the junior Fixes arrived, I would occasionally spend a night just watching the House or Senate floor on C-SPAN.  (That sounds even nerdier than I thought it would.)

So, when I realized that C-SPAN marked its 35th anniversary of programming this week -- on Wednesday to be exact --  I immediately began casting back through my memory banks in search of my favorite moments from the network.  And I asked a few other members of the Fix posse for theirs too.  Using C-SPAN's awesome video library, a 35th anniversary Facebook page the network put together and the a little search engine I call "Google", I built an homage to my favorite network below.

What's your favorite C-SPAN moment?  Send me suggestions either in the comments section or at chris.cillizza@washpost.com. I'll update this post.

* Al Gore's, inaugural C-SPAN speaker.  ("Television will change this institution, Mr. Speaker, just as it has changed the executive branch, but the good will far outweigh the bad," Gore predicted.)


Image courtesy of C-SPAN

 

* The handover, part 1


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* The handover, part 2


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* The handover, part 3


 

* Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and "ba-dum-ch"


 

* The VERY rare C-SPAN wide shot of the chamber. (For the fascinating history of how this shot came to happen -- it involves then Speaker Tip O'Neill --- read this.)


Image courtesy of C-SPAN

 

* Rep. Jim Nussle


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* When we all learned the name of the House stenographer.

 

* North Carolina Rep. George Holding, sleepy.


GIF courtesy of BuzzFeed

 

* "Beam Me Up, Mr. Speaker."


Image courtesy of C-SPAN

 

* A 15-minute vote that lasted three hours.


Image courtesy of C-SPAN

 

* "I don't want a tomato picked by a Mexican. I want it picked by an American, sliced by a Guatemalan and served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian." -- Stephen Colbert

 

* Famous people make funny faces on Capitol Hill.


Image courtesy of Reddit

 

* That time Cher called into "Washington Journal".

* Baby + Rand Paul filibuster = Internet gold


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Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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