At this level, it is no secret that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) resides on his houseboat, Virtually Heaven, when visiting the nation’s capital. However little did we all know that the vessel — characterised by COVID-19 scares and technique classes with White Home officers — has truly served as a bipartisan haunt for lawmakers on either side of the aisle to sing, eat, and even chug a beer…or three.
For instance, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), whereas resting one foot atop a chair a la Captain Morgan, is reported to have as soon as downed three beers “in a matter of minutes” whereas fraternizing with former senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, one in all his “most liberal colleagues,” per The Washington Put up. Stated former senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska), who was apparently awe-struck watching the second: “[Cruz] was ingesting these beers like water.”
And on the social gathering deck punctuated by “wrought-iron chairs” and “tables with umbrellas,” colleagues who conflict on the hill are seen sharing pizza and pasta platters, sipping on moonshine, and singing and dancing to music like “SOB” by Nathaniel Rateliff and The Evening Sweats, a reported Manchin favourite. The West Virginia senator prefers to swap fits and ties for Hawaiian shirts and shorts, which he dons whereas Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) breaks into his personal rendition of “American Pie.” In the meantime, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is likely to be seen chatting with the “Trump-allied” Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), in a blink-and-you-might-miss-it bonding second sponsored by faculty soccer.
Virtually Heaven — the place for Washington, D.C. miracles.
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