political celebrities

yesterday the governor of north carolina came into the office for some meetings about innovation in education policy. with this distinguished guest and her posse visiting, it was quite the exciting day around our new digs. meeting governor bev perdue reminded me of my other brushes with political celebrities.

in 2005, i interned at the office of senator orrin g. hatch.

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did you know that senator hatch is a songwriter? one of his songs is a hip-hop hanukkah song. keep in mind that he was born in 1934 and he’s a mormon. also, he looooves sweet potato fries. he ordered about a half a dozen platters of them at our intern dinner in the senate dining room. also, he has been a senator for thirty six years. thirty six. last also – i look like such a baby in these pictures – can’t believe my dc summer was seven years ago!

during my summer gig working in the senate, my fellow interns and i made flashcards to learn the faces, names, parties and states of all 100 senators. that way, when we saw them in the halls or on the underground tram between buildings, we’d know who they were! i remember squawking a friendly hello in passing to many senators, including john kerry and hilary clinton.

after flipping through those flashcards so many, many times, it was easy for us to determine the best looking senator. and obviously we called his office and asked if we could meet him. our clear pick was a senator from south dakota (yep, south dakota) and i don’t have the faintest idea what his name is anymore.

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there was a lot of buzz around capitol hill that summer about a certain young senator from illinois. some people said they thought for sure he’d be the first black president. my fellow hatch intern sarah was a harvard student, and when she got an invitation for a meet-up for harvard interns with barak obama, i knew i had to go with her. even if it took pretending i went to harvard. which was fun.


yep, i’ve totally met the president of the united states. and the good news is, even if barry gets kicked out of the oval office come november, i’ll still have met the president of the united states. (phew!) i’m just bugged because i can’t find any old pictures from the three or four times i’ve met mitt romney.

anyway, back to excitement at the innosight institute office yesterday. i have really awesome colleagues. i work with some of the smartest people on earth.


  1. What a great post! I'm impressed that you could still find the one with Orrin! Fun stuff!

  2. Remember how I became friends with Ali Landry, former Miss USA, model, and actress, that summer?

  3. this post is so awesome. also was your dc summer really 7 years ago? what the heck? remember how catherine & I slept over at your apartment & went to a movie on the mall with you? that was fun.

  4. Um, did you forget when Mitt came to the JC and we all got pics with him? ;) Another possible future president pic!

  5. I can't find any pictures of when Mitt came to the JC either! Didn't you get one of those, Charity?


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