Fleeting Bipartisanship in State of the Union Snapchat

Booker and Daines "snapchatted" in the Senate basement. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)
Booker and Daines "snapchatted" in the Senate basement. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)
Posted January 12, 2016 at 5:04pm

Sometimes on Capitol Hill, bipartisanship is there for one moment, and gone the next. On Tuesday, that fleeting moment took the form of a disappearing photo on social media. Late Tuesday afternoon, Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., paused in the Senate basement and decided to take a bipartisan selfie and post it to Snapchat, an app that sends photos to followers that quickly disappear.  

After a few moments of getting out their iPhones and making sure they got the right shot, they snapped what might actually  have been a video, since Sen. Daines said, “Bipartisan selfie!” into the camera.  

“That’s Senate history right there!” exclaimed Booker as the two went their separate ways.  

Daines announced that he joined Snapchat Tuesday morning, broadcasting his morning walk to the Capitol. Booker joined the app last week, noting on his Instagram account that setting up Snapchat was one of his New Year’s resolutions. The White House is also getting in on the fun, launching its own account on the social media app and giving followers an inside look at preparations for President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address. (As is Roll Call photographer Al Drago, who will be featured on the SOTU story Tuesday.)  

Booker is no stranger to taking selfies with colleagues from across the aisle. He regularly posts bipartisan selfies on his Instagram account, most recently snapping a pic with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah., and touting their work on criminal justice legislation.