Very few moments of actual humor come out of confirmation hearings, especially confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. But today there was a light moment which had both sides of the aisle laughing.
It started when Sen. Al Franken took his turn to question Gov. Perry during his confirmation hearing for the position of Secretary of Energy. “Thank you so much for coming into my office,” Franken said. Then he added a quip, “Did you enjoy meeting me?” This brought a few laughs.
“I hope you are as much fun on that dais as you were on your couch,” Perry replied. No one laughed right away but when Franken did a double-take and shook his head people began laughing.
Perry then recovered saying, “May I rephrase that, sir?”
“Please! Please. Please.” Franken replied. When he added, “Oh my lord,” the whole room seemed to be laughing. Perry was laughing so hard he turned away from the cameras for a moment.
“Well, I think we’ve found our Saturday Night Live soundbite,” Perry said finally. This brought a real laugh from Franken who was an SNL comic and writer for several decades before running for the Senate in 2008. Here’s the clip.