Heard on the Hill: No Bending Rules, Even for Gates

Posted February 4, 2011 at 4:52pm

Turns out even one of the richest men on the planet can’t bypass Capitol security.

A spy spotted Microsoft founder and philanthropist extraordinaire Bill Gates and an aide entering the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Wednesday. Gates, in town to urge government officials not to cut foreign aid programs, tried to circumvent the security line.

But a Capitol Police officer called him back — only Members of Congress and top government officials are allowed to bypass security on the Hill, after all. Gates and his aide then went through the scanning process.

But don’t feel too bad for the multibillionaire: He cut in front of everybody else, our spy says.