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An 88-year-old Congressman Wrote a Holiday Jingle and It’s Awesome

[Image: Buzzfeed] Congressman John D. Dingell

I have to say I’m wildly impressed with how tech savvy some older public figures are. Though I’m sure most congress members have a team of 20-something, recent poli-sci grads telling them what’s “cool,” I am still delighted when people like 88-year-old Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12), who is the longest-serving member of congress, writes an adorable Holiday Jingle and publishes it on Buzzfeed. I mean, that’s brilliant and we both know it!

Pretty much everyone who hails from the great state of Michigan is familiar with Congressman Dingell, especially because every time you make a trip to the Detroit Airport you travel down a little expressway called John D. Dingell Drive. There’s some alliteration for you!

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In Dingell’s jingle, he addresses some great moments in his career, makes a Serial Podcast reference, and ponders on what a Kardashian is. But most of all, he wants to remind everyone as he retires, to be careful about who we elect in 2016 and to do our due diligence on the candidates. A very sweet exit indeed.

Rep. John Dingell’s 2014 Holiday Jingle

‘Twas just days before Dems lost control of the Senate
Handing over the reins to whoever’s left in it.
But amidst all the partisan clanking and clatter
Thought I’d write you a poem and highlight a few matters
Looking back on my career and the year in reflection
For I’m hanging it up, after 30 elections.

The last two years proved to be both a challenge and treat:
Became the longest-serving member! Shared a stage with Meryl Streep!
Earned the Medal of Freedom! Even passed legislation!
All this in the face of Congressional stagnation.
And though Congress moved slow, in its usual fashion
My one question remained: what the heck’s a Kardashian?

But at 88 years old, balance gets a bit awkward,
I hurt my hip in a fall, and ended up at the doctor.
On the mend, I’m recovering for at least a few weeks
But I’m still working hard, via phone calls and tweets
Keeping up with my people, finding ways to say hello
I figured out Google Glass. But does anyone still use Ello?

From Gruber to Ebola, I’ve survived this year’s banter.
Think the Tea Party’s dead? You should ask my friend Cantor.
Cruz’s latest ploy backfired, ushering through nominations
Like a new Surgeon General, and a head of immigration
Made our Cabinet stronger, reaffirmed our world power
If Ash Carter doesn’t work, well there’s always Tim Howard

And so our nation must make an important decision
One that’s certain to split us, and unearth deep division
We’ll dissect every word, every small thing they say
‘Til we finally learn: Was it Adnan or Jay?
And, oh yeah, there’s that one other decision we face
Of who will enter, and win, the 2016 race

So the election’s now upon us, and amidst all the hintin’
There’ll be a line of new choices [and a Bush, and a Clinton]
As folks “actively explore,” and throw their hats in the ring
We must look at their records, and the experience they bring
As for me, I’ve never been one to create a big scene
So Happy Holidays to all, DINGELL 2016!


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