Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A little dab'll do ya

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the people who write (and often break) the laws that govern us all don't seem to know the first thing about popular culture.

It was Swearing-In Day for Congress (not to be confused with Swearing-At Day), and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was doing the raise-your-right-hand-and-repeat-after-me thing with all the men and women who have been voted into office.  It's quite the august ceremony, although it takes place in January. 

Roger Marshall, M.D. became an M.C. (Member of Congress) as he did the grip-and-grin, being sworn in as his wife and kids beamed alongside him.  

Remember that guy Ken Bone, who was famous for his 15 minutes during the presidential campaign for wearing a red sweater while asking a question?  Marshall's son, who looks like every High-School Harry you ever knew, showed up in a red sweater from the Ken Bone Collection, and it was his task to hold the Bible while his father swore on it to do his part to limit access to health care for tens of millions of his fellow citizens.

It did not go well. Ryan and Marshall poked their hands up and young Cal Marshall broke out the old piano-keyboard smile and dabbed for the camera.

Ryan didn't know what the youth was doing. "Are you alright?" he wants to know. And Marshall, a man who was graduated from a medical college, asks the world, "Is my hand too high?" while unaware that dabbing was happening. 

"You want to put your hand down?" Ryan asks the young man, dedabbing the kid's left arm. "Are you going to sneeze, is that it?" Ryan inquires.

"Yeah," smiles sonny Cal.

"He’s sneezing," Rep. Marshall states for the record.

As everyone but those two doddering dads knows, Dabbing is a dance move in which one leans into one's elbow as if one were sneezing.  It first came to mass attention when performed by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who dabbed when his team did well.  The Panthers went from 15-1 in 2015 to 6-10 in 2016, which was not a record to dab about.

And in case you're wondering, appropriate sanctions were levied against young Cal. 

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