Children steal the show in Congress by ‘dabbing’ for C-SPAN cameras while their mother makes history as the first Palestinian-American member who is sworn in on Thomas Jefferson’s Koran
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib made history as one of the first two Muslim women in Congress
- She had her two children with her when she rose to cast vote for Nancy Pelosi
- Her boys both ‘dabbed’ in concert
- Former Speaker Paul Ryan once dressed down a boy who dabbed at a photo-op
Rep. Rashida Tlaib made history as one of the first two women to vote in Congress – and her two sons made history for carrying out the first known joint-dab on the House floor during a speaker’s election.
All eyes were on Tlaib, as the first Palestinian-American lawmaker, when she stood up to vote for Pelosi on the House floor at the start of the 116th Congress Thursday.
She was one of many lawmakers who brought their children inside the chamber for the historic occasion.
Just as she announced her vote, her two boys, Adam, 13, and Yousif, 7, stood by her side. Dressed in similar blue oxford shirts, thy ducked their heads into their bent right arms, and raised their left arms in a salute that has come and gone as a teen and children’s craze.
The new lawmaker grinned as she cast her vote.
HISTORIC DAY! Member-elect Rashida Tlaib(D-MI) smiles as she casts her vote for Nancy Pelosi while her two sons dab
If she was disappointed in her children, she didn’t show it. She retweeted an image of the moment from Waleed Shahid, the communications director for Justice Democrats.
‘@RashidaTlaib’s kids are awesome,’ he wrote.
The moment recalled another famous dab, when Pelosi’s predecessor, Paul Ryan, was conducting a ceremonial swearing in. The son of Rep. Roger Marshall did a dab and got dressed down by Ryan.
‘You alright?’ Ryan asked him. ‘You gonna sneeze, is that it?’
According to the Washington Post, Pelosi’s granddaughter, Bella Kaufman, spotted the dab, jumped up from her seat, and performed her own.
It was just one of many moments where kids stole the show.
During Pelosi’s speech, one child yelled out ‘Boring!’
Just as she announced her vote, her two boys, Adam, 13, and Yousif, 7, stood up and dabbed
PROPS TO YOU! New Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited lawmakers’ children and grandhildren up for her swearing-in
Rep. Eric Swalwell managed to bounce his infant for close to an hour without disrupting the proceedings.
And Pelosi brought up children and grandchildren for her actual swearing-in, creating a family-friendly photo-op for the historic moment. Three of her grandchildren joined her for her own vote for herself for speaker. One jumped with delight, then returned to her chair, sitting on the armrest.