I am a current hilltern who is constantly shocked by the bold ignorance displayed by so many of my (dare I say) colleagues, and today was no different. While attending a hearing this morning bells rang for attendance in the house. I thought little of it since I had read the schedule for today and knew that votes were scheduled for that time. The interns behind me, however; were shocked and I had to work hard to hide my smile as I heard the following conversation:
Intern 1: "What the hell is that noise?"
Intern 2: "Maybe its the fire alarm?"
Intern 1: "Oh look the clock lit up!"
Intern 2: "Oh yeah I've heard about that, I think the red light means the hearing will get over then."
Intern 1: "I've heard that too, I didn't know they were so strict about it."
To those poor interns I can only imagine your baffled expressions every time the House is called to vote. It must be puzzling to stare at the clock wondering why it lights up daily.
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