Before Feb. 25, the planned date of the summit (the summit which will include President Obama as well as members of Congress), there's much work to be done.
"This is our big chance to make our case on television before the American people," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, as she made her way to a meeting with her makeup artist. "I want to look experienced, but not too old," she's told friends. "A few wrinkles are okay, but that's it."
President Obama has said, "I want a substantive discussion." This was after conferring with his hairdresser about his 'do for the occasion. He was reportedly considering getting a few hair extensions, as his last haircut had turned into what he described as a "real scalping." If his hair is too short for extensions, he may go with a wig. "I need to look powerful," he said to the hairdresser, "not like someone who's been clipped before the summit even begins."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, still smarting from Obama's latest remarks about Las Vegas (which annoyed Nevada constituents), is on board. "I can't miss a chance to get my mug before the camera," he told his staff, then asking, "what are we supposed to be jabbering about anyway?"
Actress Betty White, 88, fresh from her triumph in the Super Bowl Snickers ad, has also been invited to attend as a special guest. She's been searching stores for the perfect health care summit dress. "It should be both sedate and exciting," she has told her fashion advisor. Preening before the mirror in one of the possible outfits and examining herself from all angles, Betty was heard to ask worriedly, "Does my butt look too big in this?"
The beat goes on. The more things change, the more they remain the same in Washington.