It is hard to turn on or read any form of entertainment news without encountering some news item concerning the recent hit about America’s 16th President, “Lincoln.” The buzz about the movie has crossed over into all aspects of the country, from the every day person on the street, all the way to the highest places of power. President Obama had the movie screened at the White House, with producer Steven Spielberg and members of the cast as special guests.
Even members of the US Senate have gotten into the act. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (NM), who has reportedly seen the movie twice, has requested it be screened for the Senate this month. Spielberg and some cast members will also be in attendance. This special screening for Senators and their spouses will be on December 19th at the Capitol Visitors Center.
However, there is one bit of a problem with the plan. Under the rules of the Senate, who oversees the area where the movie will be presented, no food or drink is allowed in there. Because of this, Senator Reid is preparing to go before the Senate rules committee to get a waiver of the rule for that evening where Senators can have bottled water and unbuttered popcorn while watching the movie.
The movie has truly crossed political barriers as people from all aspects of the political world that is Washington, DC have praised the movie, which was based on a book by noted historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Maybe a night at the movies will help resolve some of the political tension in the halls of the Senate.
I hope they get their waiver of the rules for the popcorn. Hey, even a Senator needs popcorn when watching a good movie!