When 88-year-old Rep. John Dingell was hospitalized earlier this week, some feared the worst for the longest-serving member of Congress. But his tweets from the hospital are proving that the Democrat from Michigan is very much alive.
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Most lawmakers his age might welcome a break from the House floor, but Dingell insisted on bringing work to his hospital bed after being admitted to the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Monday for abdominal pain.
Yelling at hospital TV as House debates YET ANOTHER bill to gut the Clean Water Act. Nice of the nurses to check in on me though. I'm fine.— John Dingell (@john_dingell) September 9, 2014
It looks like Dingell has also been staying up to date on both sports and news while being nursed back to health.
Along with what’s been happening on the Senate floor …
He even threw out a joke about the Detroit Lions’ win over the New York Giants Monday.
Terrific way to start the game, @Lions. Just what the doctor ordered. (Not really. They ordered antibiotics, thankfully. But the TD helps.)— John Dingell (@john_dingell) September 8, 2014
When Apple announced the release of its new Apple Watch Tuesday, Dingell gave us an octogenarian’s perspective.
I've gotten pretty good life out of my Casio watch, to be honest. It tells me the time and even beeps on the hour. What more could you need?— John Dingell (@john_dingell) September 9, 2014
But then he reminded us that he is actually a pretty hip congressman, despite his advanced years.
And he’s keeping up with the press, too. When New York Times correspondent Mark Leibovich tweeted about his discontent with a rental car, Dingell advised him to look on the bright side, reminding him to take pride in the American car.
He finished the day watching an intense Detroit Tigers game.
Dingell is expected back in Washington Sept. 16 after Congress returns from a four-day weekend. Let’s hope the hilarious tweets continue.