On Friday, the House read the Constitution aloud for the third time in U.S. history. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) started things off by reading the preamble. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who was an integral part of the civil rights movement, read the 13th Amendment. Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah), the first black Republican woman to serve in Congress, read the 14th Amendment. Here's a brief taste of the reading, which took more than an hour to finish.
No one was more excited about the Constitution reading than the representatives taking part, who descended upon Twitter en masse to inflict maximum FOMO on all those not lucky enough to read the document that ensures that they get paid for reading documents. Live-tweeting Constitution readings is the House's version of live-tweeting 'Scandal'.
This morning on the House Floor, I was honored to read a section of our U.S. Constitution, America's founding document we've sworn to uphold— Joe Wilson (@RepJoeWilson) January 9, 2015
On House Floor and proud to read the US Constitution. Great way to begin a new Congress!— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) January 9, 2015
I am heading to the floor of the House for the ceremonial reading of the Constitution. I will be reading the 13th Amendment.— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) January 9, 2015
Like all bragging on social media, these uplifting treatises on the Constitution did not give followers a peek at all the grief that document will cause this merry band of readers in the upcoming weeks when they have to figure out how to fund the Department of Homeland Security in order to provide for the common defense and insure domestic tranquility while fighting over domestic issues -- all in the name of making a union more perfect.
For this brief moment however, all was calm. And you can't blame them for being excited about that.