A Hilarious Twitter Account For House Staffers
Everyone needs some humor in their lives, especially on Twitter, where it pays to have a tweet here and a tweet there to lighten up one's feed amid the avalanche of serious news, invective and subtweets.
Oh, was that a subtweet itself? Oops.
Those in and around the Capitol have a newish diversion to enjoy on Twitter – Overheard in the HOB, or @HeardInTheHOB.
The HOB, for the 20 years it has existed, is the House Office Building, aka the Anderson House Office Building, the facility on North Capitol Avenue housing nearly all 110 members of the Michigan House of Representatives, much of the clerk staff, the staff of the House Business Office and most of the committee rooms where House committees meet. And like any office building, there are lots of inside jokes.
Sometime in June, someone – it's unclear who – created the Overheard in the HOB Twitter account. It does seem clear whoever is running the account is a Democrat, but for the most part, the tweets are nonpartisan.
We don't know for certain that the anecdotes tweeted from this account are real. Names of those quoted or involved in the stories are not included. But they certainly ring true. And they are funny.
Like this one:
Just watched a Rep hit the wrong floor on an elevator then quickly press the same button again and again saying "cancel, CANCEL"— Overheard in the HOB (@HeardInTheHOB) September 17, 2019
On front desk/back desk personality clashes:— Overheard in the HOB (@HeardInTheHOB) September 11, 2019
"Who do you think you could work well with on this floor?"
"No one. I'm the problem."
This one in particular cracked me up (and who can't relate to this, plus bonus points for DeLuca's reference):
This does not square with our personal overhearing of "*door slams* I WENT UP THERE LITERALLY TWO MINUTES AFTER THE EMAIL WAS SENT AND IT WAS ALL GONE"— Overheard in the HOB (@HeardInTheHOB) September 5, 2019
But we'll allow it because love and pizza make people crazy https://t.co/Dz5NW5Ub9Z
The next couple weeks are going to be tough with the budget showdown. The possibility of a government shutdown is hovering over the legislative staff, most of whom are underpaid (and there's an amusing poll on that subject the account tweeted). The partisan back-and-forth will be endless.
Whoever created Overheard in the HOB, thank you for supplying a little levity.
Otherwise, where would we get content like this?
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You hate to see it folks https://t.co/wTGL9r8hcS— Overheard in the HOB (@HeardInTheHOB) September 7, 2019