If a picture is worth a thousand words, a GIF must be worth about 100,000. So here are seven GIFs that sum up the 114th Congress’ first week on the Hill, as Republicans took control of both the House and the Senate:
1. MWAH! John Boehner, fresh off his re-election as Speaker of the House, plants a smooch on Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s cheek.
Boehner, R-Ohio, was re-elected with 216 votes, but 24 Republicans voted for somebody else.
“My door, of course, is always open,” he told colleagues. “Just don't get carried away."
The Senator, a former boxer, assured his constituents, “I didn’t get this black eye by sparring with Manny, " but added that he would “continue to fight for good things for this country.”
3. TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT Gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Bidenwhispers in the ear of Sen. Chris Coons’ daughter, Maggie, during her father’s ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.
4. ALL SMILES Almost giddy over the GOP’s double majority, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the reins of the Senate Tuesday, fulfilling a lifelong ambition.
5. THE EYES HAVE IT Speaker Boehner, who’d been criticized by conservatives for his perceived willingness to work with President Obama, shakes his head in disgust: “It does pain me to be called spineless or a squish.”
“I’ll tell you what pains me the most,” the speaker added, “is when they describe me as the establishment.”