(NSFW images, especially in the first 30 seconds)
There are people who will plan for weeks and wait patiently for hours today, hoping for five seconds of precious TV time. At least in New Orleans, someone might throw you beads. Per Margaret Hartman at NYMag:
Having the president greet dozens of lawmakers as he enters and exits the House chamber for the State of the Union already seems like a huge waste of time, and the situation is even worse than it appears. To secure an aisle seat, members of Congress have to claim the spot 10 to 12 hours in advance. According to the Washington Post, there’s a devoted group of State of the Union squatters, and scoring five seconds of inane conversation with the president involves a surprising amount of preparation….
Some lawmakers are convinced that the move will impress their constituents. “I will be in my district somewhere in December and someone will say to me, ‘I saw you on TV,'” Engel says. “I’ll think it was one of the many interviews I’ve done, but they’ll say ‘No. You were shaking the President’s hand.’ People remember me shaking the President’s hand.” …
Assuming you’re not squatting on a streetcorner or in the House, how go the Fat Tuesday preparations in your neighborhood?