Here in the days of high unemployment and a lagging economy, Republicans promise a low-key kickoff to the their takeover of control of the House of Representatives this week — a sharp contrast to the fancy celebrations of four years ago when Nancy Pelosi and he Democrats swept into power.
But the low-key show is mostly that — show. The whole affair, while appearing austere, will appear more of a budget affair than expensive celebration.
“It will be expensive and the lobbyists, as usual, will be picking up the tab,” one GOP insider tells Capitol Hill Blue. “It’s all about illusion and this is still the town where illusion rules.
She brought camera crews and dignitaries into her childhood Baltimore neighborhood where a street was being renamed in her honor, while he is bringing his 11 siblings from working-class Ohio to Washington for a private reunion. She was feted at the Italian Embassy as Tony Bennett sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” He was invited to the posh W Hotel for a LeAnn Rimes concert, but is planning to skip it.
Austerity is the theme of Republican John A. Boehner‘s installation as House speaker this week, placing the start of this new Congress in stark contrast to the more lavish festivities that marked Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s swearing-in four years ago.
On Wednesday, following a bipartisan prayer service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Boehner will recite the oath and take the gavel from Pelosi with the attendant pomp and no more – except, perhaps, a few tears.
Then the 61-year-old Ohioan will deliver his maiden speech to the new House, which includes a huge cadre of freshmen lawmakers. Many of them are rambunctious Republicans who sailed into Washington with the tea party winds and are determined to use their new majority to undo much of President Obama’s legislative record.
In his speech, Boehner intends to survey the difficult choices facing the country and pledge to “listen to the American people” and to reform the way the House has operated in the past under control of both parties, according to a GOP leadership aide.