Dabbing and politics don’t mix well. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan. was a new congressman getting sworn in by Speaker of The House Paul Ryan. Everything was going according to plan until it came time for the pictures to commemorate the occasion. Marshall’s son Cal was to hold the bible and smile; instead, he found himself grounded for his antics.
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For anyone that may be unaware as to what “dabbing” is, it’s a dance move that was made popular by NFL athletes such as Cam Newton. The move consists of throwing your elbow into your face as if you were sneezing aggressively, all while throwing your head down to your elbow.
Cal giggled in anticipation of what was sure to be a hilarious moment between him and his fellow teenage friends, but he didn’t count on The Speaker of The House to countering his childish antics. Ryan, who stood next to Cal, was at first confused as to what the teenager was doing.
“You all right?” he asked. “You want to put your hand down?” The young politician’s son replied, “Ok, ok, I’m sorry,” as he giggled. “Were you going to sneeze, is that it?” Ryan asked. Marshall, who was being sworn in looked visibly angered and quickly replied to the speaker, “He’s sneezing.”
Ryan quickly caught that the boy was just doing a prank of some sort as the speaker slapped Cal on the back saying, “don’t worry about it.” Ryan tweeted out later in the day that he was still mystified about dabbing. “Still don’t get what dabbing is, though.”
Marshall replied to the tweet to inform his fellow politician that his son has been disciplined and is effectively grounded.
This isn’t the first time that dabbing has tried to make its way into politics. When Hillary Clinton went on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in January, she awkwardly tried to dab and was met with criticism. As everyone is well aware, she went on to lose the presidential race. Dabbing may be considered an omen.