Aging Senators’ Zoom With Zelenskyy Went About As Well as You’d Expect

Thanks to Randy for sending me this story.  

Viewers watch the speech of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at an event in the Czech Republic on March 4, 2022.Photo/Miroslav Chaloupka (CTK via AP Images)

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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with members of the US Congress Saturday morning to plead for more military help—he asked for either a no-fly zone over his country to protect it from Russian air attacks, or shipments of planes. While Congressional leadership praised the meeting, it seems to have had all of the hiccups you might expect from a Zoom call involving dozens of aging, tech-inept, publicity-hungry American politicians. 

The event was, of course, an opportunity for members of Congress to brag about their involvement in the crisis: Members of both parties posted pictures of themselves participating in the call and even sending side-messages to Zelenskyy, who appeared unshaven and wearing an army green t-shirt as he spoke about the need for military assistance. 

But GOP senators Marco Rubio, of Florida, and Steve Daines, of Montana, were blasted by some of their colleagues for doing their bragging in a real-time—something that members of Congress were specifically asked not to do to ensure Zelenskyy’s safety.

2 thoughts on “Aging Senators’ Zoom With Zelenskyy Went About As Well as You’d Expect

    1. Hello Nan. So very well said. All those things you listed are real. And it is so frustrating. Senator Chuck Grassley is 88 years old. He is running this year for another 6 year term. Why is there no one younger in his state to run? At 88, Feinstein is the oldest sitting U.S. senator. On March 28, 2021, Feinstein became the longest-serving U.S. senator from California, surpassing Hiram Johnson. Upon Barbara Mikulski’s retirement in January 2017, Feinstein became the longest-tenured female U.S. senator currently serving. The 10 oldest people in government are all politicians in their mid to upper 80s. The oldest if I can do the math correctly is nearly 90. My understanding when the US was founded on the idea was citizen government, people ran served a term or two and went home. The idea of a professional class of politicians entrenching their power was horrifying to the founders. But today we have people who make so much money from their positions in government and have so much power that they would rather die than give it up. With their money at their age you couldn’t pay me to put up with that bullshit. But I guess we will have to pry it out of their cold dead hands.

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