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Misquoting our founding fathers, eating Jello, and jumping the gun on Rosh Hashanah By Elliot Kort
Comments () | Published September 10, 2010

With Labor Day and Rosh Hashanah falling in the same week, members of Congress took to the Twitterverse to celebrate. President Obama got in on the fun, too . . . if only a little bit early. Also this week: Darrell Issa waxes poetic about the good ol’ days; Kenny Merchant commits a cardinal sin of the Internet against Thomas Jefferson; and Daniel Inouye tells all where he likes to eat on his birthday.

Representative Darrell Issa: @DarrellIssa Back when a coke was a coke, shovel-ready was shovel-ready & jobs were jobs

Ah, yes. Those were the days. When lead was in our paint, oil was everywhere, and Communism was an imminent threat.

Representative Kenny Merchant: @RepKenMarchant “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government” -Pres. Thomas Jefferson

One of the greatest sins of the Internet is misquoting one of our founding fathers.

Senator Daniel Inouye: @Daniel_Inouye Mahalo to @Zippys for the birthday Jello and the staff’s rendition of Happy Birthday.

Nothing says “pro temp” like a birthday featuring Jello.

Representative Tom Price: @RepTomPrice The solutions are clear: cut spending, prevent the 2011 tax hike, and remove regulatory obstacles to job creation.

You mean, something like these obstacles?

Representative Charlie Rangel: @cbrangel “As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, I salute all the hardworking men and women throughout America, despite these difficult times.”

How kind of Representative Rangel to celebrate laborers even in his current period of difficulty.

Senator Jim DeMint: @JimDeMint Washington doesn’t deserve a raise. http://bit.ly/bTJzMH

You’re right. He comes in late every day, never makes a fresh pot of coffee once he’s finished one off, and I’m fairly certain he’s stealing office supplies.

Representative John Boehner: @GOPLeader Boehner Statement on President Obama’s Speech http://bit.ly/bGVaC6

Let me guess: Too many adjectives and not enough indirect objects?

And finally . . .

President Barack Obama: @BarackObama Michelle and I wish all who celebrate Rosh Hashanah a sweet year full of health and prosperity.

Thank you, Mr. President, but you were just a tad early.

Representative Jim Himes: @jahimes L’Shana Tovah! May the New Year bring health and happiness to you and your family.

Thank you, Congressman, but the President beat you to the punch.

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