In another year marked by a steady stream of gaffes, scandals, and strange controversies, the late night comedy pros have had no drought of material from Washington, D.C., as the stars of our nation's body politic continued to say goofy things into microphones on a shockingly regular basis.
Here are eleven of 2013's most bizarre, headscratching, strange moments, in the words of the men and women who brought them to you.
'I knew that by putting something out as a tweet that I deleted that the press would see it, and if they could read something into what was an innocent tweet about how hot Cyndi Lauper was as a performer, that it would get the press's attention, and it did in a monster way.' – Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., April 12.
Cohen had a tumultuous year. He was the center of a Twitter scandal in February after sending eyebrow-raising tweets to an attractive young model, only to reveal that he believed the woman was his biological daughter. (Paternity tests later proved otherwise.) Cohen's hastily deleted tweets to "Time After Time" crooner Cyndi Lauper similarly sent reporters looking for answers. Cohen said that's exactly what he intended, insisting that this "tweet and delete" ploy was the most effective way to promote an upcoming documentary about Memphis music. See, congressmen just wanna have fun, too.
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'I will eat them anywhere. I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you, thank you, Sam I Am!' - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Sept. 24.
Cruz needed a lot of material to fill his famed 21-hour speech against Obamacare. In addition to a Darth Vader impression and some praise for White Castle hamburgers, Cruz read from the children's classic "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. He said he was reading the story his young daughters, but amateur Seussologists were quick to point out that the message of the children's tale is to try new things before declaring one's dislike for them. As Obamacare was poised for its big rollout, critics accused Cruz of prejudging the law before fully understanding its effects. "I was appalled," Democrat Chuck Schumer told reporters. "Green Eggs and Ham has a moral: Don't criticize something … until you actually try it."
'Spread your legs — you're gonna be frisked!' Vice President Joe Biden, Jan. 3.
Vice President Joe Biden got a bit, er, frisky, in January as he greeted senators and their families for a ceremonial swearing-in. That included a lot of flattering comments to members' elderly parents ("You've got beautiful eyes, mom"), siblings ("Need any help on your pecs, man, give me a call!") and other guests ("You are so pretty. God love you, holy mackerel.") The most YouTube-able moment came when a photographer directed Sen. Heidi Heitkamp's husband to put his hands by his sides. Biden interpreted the order oddly. "To somebody in North Dakota, they think it's a frisk!" Biden exclaimed. After the photo was snapped, Biden acknowledged the giggles in room: "I'm a little too formal, I know."