If you could read someone’s diary, whose would you read?

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.): “The D.C. Madam. I don’t know, it sounds like it might be interesting.”  

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.): “Thomas Jefferson, all the inside things he saw, his insights. I want the juicy details, the secret ones.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.): “Laura Bush. I think she’d be honest in her words and I admire her.”

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.): “I wouldn’t read anyone’s diary unless they allowed me to read it.”

Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.): “I would say George Washington. I think that gaining a glimpse would serve as greater insight into what we have to preserve, the challenges we’re surrounded by in this nation.”

Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.): “I would read Bill Clinton’s. Why? I think I look better when I have a little skin tone, and it will make me blush.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio): “Rahm Emanuel. You’d get all the good Clinton gossip.”

Rep. Phil English (R-Pa.): “John Quincy Adams. I own his diary, but I haven’t had time to read it. I think it’s 12 or 13 volumes. He’s one of the most fascinating people in history. I would love to have the opportunity to read it. I’m about three years behind on my reading.”

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.): “God, you’re going to test me on this one? I’d say Abraham Lincoln. I’d be curious about the decisions he had to make at the time he was in office.”

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.): “Benjamin Franklin. He was a man of all seasons: a businessman, a guy who liked to have a good time.”

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.): “Pope John Paul II.”

Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.): “Huey Long, [but] I’d really like to read some women’s diaries. What do they think? I want to read something of interest.” [Laughs]

Rep. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.): “My great-great-grandfather, Caswell Drake Wicker, who fought in the Civil War all the way to Gettysburg.”