HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Shades of Bono

Posted March 4, 2011 at 11:01am

Usually, it’s only Hollywood celebrities and pompous night clubbers who dare don sunglasses indoors. One of D.C.’s own trendsetters, however, is bringing the style to the halls of Congress.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) wore a pair of stylish shades throughout a House Financial Services markup Thursday.

Frank, who had a cataract removed Monday, noted that he was following his doctor’s orders. “These are very bright lights,” Frank said. “And so with your indulgence, I am about to put my sunglasses on.”

He added that the surgery was successful and he was recovering well.

Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) couldn’t resist poking fun at Frank, comparing him to U2’s sunglasses-loving lead singer. 

“I had heard that you and Bono were out last night and you switched glasses,” Bachus said.

Frank played along, adding that he had indeed met with the singer. “I didn’t have the sunglasses with me, so people were able, in that case, to tell the difference,” Frank said. 

Bachus responded: “Those look nice on you,” he said.

“I have an extra pair, if you’d like some,” Frank replied.