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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.)
* The handover, part 1
* The handover, part 2
* 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.)
* When we all learned the name of the House stenographer.
* North Carolina Rep. George Holding, sleepy.
* A 15-minute vote that lasted three hours.
* "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.