Beebe High School Senior Jessica Kloss Attends State of the Union Address with Congressman Tim GriffinFeb 6th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story
Editor’s Note: I asked Jesse Kloss- who was chosen for her winning essay by Cong. Tim Griffin to attend the State of the Union Address last week - to tell me about her trip and she did such a great job, I’m running it in her own words! Here it is:
“My trip was fantastic. We got on the plane early Monday morning (my first time flying) and I loved every minute of it!
We got into D.C. around 2 p.m. on Monday, and the first thing I got to do was have a personal tour of the Capitol! It was beautiful. I then spent a lot of time in Congressman Griffin’s office. He told us about some neat things to see and taught me how his job works, and so on. His Chief of Staff also taught me the basics of how the office functions, and I learned so, so much. His whole staff really wanted to teach me all they could. I loved it! We saw the Lincoln Memorial that night, and it just gave me chills (Lincoln is my favorite president.) Tuesday was a big day! While sight seeing, I got a call that Griffin’s staff had set up for me to get to meet one of my favorite senators, Senator Rand Paul! We rushed to the senate building and he met with me and gave me a signed copy of his book. We saw the Smithsonian Museum of American History and Natural History while we were there also.
Tuesday night was surreal! My dad wasn’t actually going to get to go to the State of the Union, because each congressman only gets one guest, but Congressman Rick Crawford gave us his extra ticket so my dad could go, too! That was an exciting surprise! Once we got to the house building, Congressman Griffin took us to two different parties before, and then he took us to get seated. I was sitting two seats down from Sean Hannity of Fox News! I got his autograph. The actual speech began around 9:15 and it took a while to get everyone inside. It was so crazy to see all the people who pass the laws and represent every person in this country sitting down below me, and I recognized so many of them! It was awesome to see the President himself in the same room, just a hundred yards away or so. The most interesting thing about it was how easy it is to tell which party someone belongs to! Half of the group stood up and clapped 150 times, and the other half sat down 95% of the time. It was neat to see that! After the speech, I did a TV interview with Congressman Griffin, and we headed back to his office. I think the thing that surprised me the most was how hard the job it is to be a congressman. It is a huge misconception that it is an easy thing to do. They work really hard and are away from their families a lot. I have a ton of respect for them. They do it because they really care and want to do what is best for their constituents.
The next day I got to see the National Archives, and it was incredible! I got to run my hands over the very founding documents of this country: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights! It was very inspiring, and the whole trip made me want to be a member of congress someday, because I want to fight for the things that make this country great.
Editor’s Note: Jesse’s mother, Cindy, was also along on the trip! We’re glad they all had such a great time!