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Armed with a Flip Camera, Freshmen Take Capitol Hill

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, February 10 2009

We can probably thank the Qikking congressman John Culberson for this one. Two freshman representatives, Republican Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Democrat Jared Polis of Colorado, have been set up by CNN with pocket-sized Flip video cameras and asked to record their first tentative steps on Capitol Hill. "The camera makes it doable," Chaffetz told the New York Times' Brian Stelter. "I can literally put it in my shirt pocket." Indeed, at 4 inches by 2 inches, the Flip HD cameras are little bigger than the pocket Constitution electeds like to carry around. In the first installment of "Freshman Year" (seriously), Chaffetz shows off his office mini-fridge full of Jello puddings and Slim-Fast cans, and glows about sitting down with Obama: "First time I met the President, and I gotta say, I was impressed." He also points out the desktop he uses when "sending out some tweets on my Twitter." Polis is a bit more circumspect, but he does reveal that he likes to wear turtlenecks to the Capitol, switching to (the same) shirt and tie for committee meetings.