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In trying times, Will Rogers statue provides comedic relief for Congress

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While camera crews gather and members of Congress pass by on their way to the House chamber, the bronze Will Rogers stares down at them with the corners of his mouth turned up. His hair is parted to the side, and his hands are in the pockets of his loose-fitting suit.

The statue, which Oklahoma gave to the National Statuary Hall collection in 1939, stands in the second-floor corridor between the rotunda and the House chamber — a stakeout location for camera crews looking to catch House members during voting. It’s also a common meeting place for reporters and lawmakers, with staff often directing the media to be at the “Will Rogers stakeout” at a certain time.

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