88-Year-Old Rep. John Dingell's Hospital Tweets Are Hilarious

Not even hospitalization derails the 88-year-old congressman's wit.

September 10, 2014, 12:52 PM
 U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) , 88, the longest serving member of Congress in U.S. history, announces his retirement at a luncheon, Feb. 24, 2014, in Southgate, Michigan.
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— -- 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.

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.

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.

When Apple announced the release of its new Apple Watch Tuesday, Dingell gave us an octogenarian’s perspective.

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.

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