"I just did Snapchat," Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., exclaimed to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The two were walking through the gauntlet of press in Statuary Hall to the House chamber for President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address on Tuesday night. "Ten seconds! Ten seconds," he said, recounting the allotted time the app allows.
Washington's "it" media events are few and far between. If the Inauguration is politics' World Cup, hyped for consumption but once every four years, then the State of the Union is Capitol Hill's Super Bowl, one of the few annual affairs that merits live network broadcasting and prods members of Congress to experiment with unfamiliar social media. Earlier in the day, Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Steve Daines, R-Mont., shared a bipartisan Snapchat moment , and hours later, Daines was still at it, Snapchatting in the breezeway between Statuary Hall and the Rotunda, shortly before senators started their trek from the Senate floor to the House for the speech.