A photo that has been circulating on the internet shows lawmakers playing solitaire during a session, causing many to question their level of engagement. However, it has been revealed that the photo was actually taken in the Connecticut House of Representatives and not the US Congress. The photo was taken by an Associated Press photographer in 2009 and quickly went viral.
One of the lawmakers caught playing solitaire, Democratic state Rep. Jack Hennessy, has issued a letter of apology to his constituents, acknowledging that his actions were “certainly bad judgment” and “inexcusable.” The other representative playing solitaire was Democratic state Rep. Barbara Lambert.
According to the Hartford Courant, it is not uncommon for lawmakers to work on their laptops during sessions, sometimes even playing solitaire. While some may see this as a lack of focus on important matters, others argue that multitasking is necessary in today’s fast-paced world.
Regardless, the photo has served as a reminder that lawmakers should remain focused on their duties and the issues at hand rather than playing games during important sessions.