By Judy Kurtz
From the Capitol to Air Force One, lawmakers, congressional staffers, and the president watched as the United States came up short in its World Cup match against Germany on Thursday, losing 1-0.
But it wasn’t all bad news for the Americans, as Portugal’s win over Ghana secured the U.S team a spot in the knockout round of the soccer tournament.
Yelling could be heard from Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-Md.) office as the German squad managed to make a goal early in the second half of the showdown.
As televisions blared with the World Cup, a staffer for Rep. William Enyart (D-Ill.) jested to The Hill, “As you can see, we’re watching the House floor.”
Enyart's office wasn't the only one getting a glimpse of the World Cup action — the game could be seen in numerous spots around the Capitol.
In Rep. Mike Honda's (D-Calif.) office, staffer Mark Mozena could be seen updating his rankings following the game.
Workers in Rep. Ami BeraAmi BeraGOP campaign chief: Trump won't cost us the House Dems urge treaty ratification after South China Sea ruling Overnight Tech: Dems push for independent House cameras | GOP unveils convention app | Privacy concerns over free NYC Wi-Fi MORE’s office were treated to pizza by the California Democrat. One aide expressed disappointment with the game, saying, “It was kind of anticlimactic actually.”
But many lawmakers appeared to put a positive spin on the outcome:
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Rep. John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (R-Ohio) and his staffers could be seen huddled around a television during the game:
BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE (@SpeakerBoehner) June 26, 2014
Despite the home team’s loss, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), a college soccer player, said he wasn’t bothered by possibly missing his flight to catch the game:
Although he was up in the skies on a flight to Minnesota, President Obama was seen in a photo watching the matchup aboard Air Force One. Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett wrote on Twitter: Close game for #USA. We are all on the edge of our seats on Air Force 1!
Just minutes after the U.S. vs. Germany game ended, the White House announced it’s sending a delegation to Brazil to attend the final World Cup match. Led by Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, the delegation includes: the U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Liliana Ayalde and sportscaster and former soccer star Cobi Jones, Assistant to the President Jonathan McBride, and Hershey Company CEO John Bilbrey.Vivian Hughbanks and Greg Nash contributed.