Why identify U.S. politicians on Thanksgiving? Let me explain.
I actually had an ancestor on that cold little ship packed with the quasi-lost and often clueless immigrants who had to have their pasty white behinds saved by the merciful, generous and hospitable natives of the land.
Given the way things turned out for the natives, I get that this is not a day everybody wants to celebrate.
On the other hand, the idea of two groups of incredibly different people peaceably sitting down to share a common meal is a good lesson for our rabidly partisan age.
Who could be more divided than our politicians these days? I put in images below so you can identify U.S. politicians as they stand today. (Some will, of course, soon be swapped out.)
Please take them in the spirit in which they are intended, with humor and goodwill to all people (even the ones we consider fantastically dumb and/or cruel) for at least this one day.
You can make it a game if you like.
- One point for every politician you can identify by name
- Another point for if you can remember their actual title
Answers supplied below
From top left moving right and then back down to the left:
Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
Kevin McCarthy, Republican Leader
Steny Hoyer, Majority Leader
Steve Scalise, Republican Whip
James Clyburn, Majority Whip
Elise Stefanik, Republican Conference Chairman
Katherine Clark, Assistant Speaker
Gary Palmer, Republican Policy Committee Chairman
Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Caucus Chairman
Kamala Harris, Vice President
Patrick J. Leahy, President Pro Tempore
Charles E. Schumer, Democratic Leader Chairman of the Conference
Richard J. Durbin, Majority Whip
Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader
John Thune, Republican Whip
John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States
Ketanji Brown Jackson, Associate Justice
Joe Biden, President of the United States