By Kevin OBrien
Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
I’m surprised — and not necessarily pleasantly — to see so many of you here. And so very well-dressed.
I really thought that scheduling a town hall at 4 a.m. in the worst part of town I could find would cut down on attendance, but it looks as if we’ve got a lot of early risers here in the district.
We’ve got refreshments in the back. Help yourself. It’s all decaf. Wouldn’t want anyone to go on a caffeine rampage, would we? Heh-heh.
Before I really get to bobbing and weaving in earnest, Marilyn from the AARP is here to provide me a little cover and set the tone for this morning’s session. How about we have her come on up and tell the old folks who are here today to just put a sock in it and do as they’re told?
Thank you, Congressman. First of all, if you’re over 50, please consider signing up for an AARP membership. There’s power in numbers and we use your dues money to work really hard for you in Washington. Now, rather than boring you with a lot of details about HR 3200, I just want to remind you that elderly people who ask too many questions are senile and get sent to the home. Congressman?