In an extraordinary Kum Ba Ya moment, the United States Senate passed a bi-partisan bill this morning to reduce their pay and benefits for the duration of the country's financial crisis. It was passed unanimously and was quickly followed by a similar action in the House of Representatives.
As word of the action by the two houses of Congress spread throughout the nation's Capital, crowds of spectators gathered in the Capitol Rotunda, a band played and people of all political persuasions joined in group hugs, singing and dancing. Members of the media, hosts of political cable news and talk radio shows were seen mingling with arms around each other. Bill O'Reilly of Fox News was observed hugging Rachel Maddow and heard whispering in her ear, "Will you marry me?" She reportedly replied, "I want you sooo bad!" Those in close proximity were astonished. Others witnessed Sean Hannity of Fox News and Chris Matthews of MSNBC News slow dancing and heard Hannity whisper to Matthews, "Is that a pencil in your pocket or do you REALLY care?"
The politicians on both sides of the political aisle were seen hugging each other; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was seen with his head on Majority Leader Harry Reid's chest while whimpering in a small voice, "I wove you."
On the grounds of the Rotunda Wayne LaPierre held a rally of NRA supporters exhorting them to, "Lay down your arms, turn your pistols into plow shares and turn your baseball caps back around." He finished clutching is groin and shouting "From these cold dead hands!"
Crowds of citizens of every race, color and creed were dancing, singing and hugging each other throughout the nation's Capital. "A truly remarkable day," said Brian Williams of NBC News.
In other news, but mostly gone un-noticed in the excitement of the days events was a report from NASA stating that one of its long range telescopes had captured the image of a cow jumping over the moon.