Hardball | February 13, 2013
>>> back to "hardball." now to the sideshow. did you see texas democrat jackson greeting president obama when he entered the chamber? it's not the first time she's staked out an aisle position. and she's got company. some members of congress are known to arrive up to 12 hours before the speech to get one of those seats. where they can be seen on camera with the president. and you've got to wait in person, by the way. the rule is no leaving a book or coat on that seat to claim your seat for the event later. sheila jackson says it's all for her constituents. quote, they are seeing me work on their behalf. many of them are moved by the moment. now retired started showing up early the days of carter. there he is with bill clinton . he would arrive early and share snacks while awaiting facetime with the president. people would say gosh, i saw you shaking hands with the president. take a look at ohio republican gene schmidt at last year's address.
>> well, unfortunately for miss schmidt , that success on the check turned into a radio attack ad for her challenger.
>> there's someone kissing the president. who's that? looks like congresswoman jean schmidt .
>> ahh schmidt . is she a democrat? she seems very close with the president.
>> no, bob. she's a long-time republican politician but she did vote for the wall street bailout and for the president's debt limit increase.
>> schmidt was primaried and lost for doing that, kissing the president. what did they say during their reaction? better butterfield nothing tops looking like you're sharing a joke in this case with president obama . quote, i said don't forget us in north carolina he said how could i. and we would erupt in laughter. that's a laugher. another tip, keep it short. howard engel remembers saying things like stand by israel to where "w" would say i believe that. finally we can't talk about the aisle strategies without bringing up the way many of us know michele bachmann . flash back to the state of the union when bush exited the room.