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You Know You Were A D.C. Intern If…

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  1. You had the red badge of courage. Staffers referred to this as your Scarlet Letter, but as far as you were concerned, it may as well have said VIP.
  2. Protestors? Let’s take pictures of them!
  3. You tried to use your intern badge to buy beer, more than once.
  4. Make phone calls for a candidate? As long as you give me pizza.
  5. “I’m sorry, the Representative isn’t available right now. Would you like me to pass along a message?”
  6. You’ve gone canvassing in the ghetto.
  7. “Yeah, it’s unpaid, but my supervisor is going to write me a sick recommendation letter.”
  8. You now know that George Washington is not buried in the Crypt of the Capitol, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you knew it during the first ten tours that you gave. Whoops.
  9. You’ve blacked out at Tortilla Coast.
  10. “Hi! My name’s Catie! Would you mind answering a few questions about the upcoming election? It will only take a minute!”
  11. Shuddering at the mere mention of the words “phone bank.”
  12. You’ve gotten on the Members Only elevator minutes before a critical vote. John Kerry was displeased at best.
  13. You have a box of bumper stickers, literature, buttons, t-shirts, and hats proclaiming the name of failed political candidates.
  14. You went to receptions for the free food, but more importantly, the free booze.
  15. You vowed to never work in politics again. And you now work in politics.

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Catie Warren

Catie struggles with adulthood and has been celebrating her 21st birthday for the past three years. She attended college in the nation’s capital and to this day is angry that Pit Bull lied to her, as you cannot, in fact, party on The White House lawn. Prior to her success with PGP, Catie was most famous for being featured in her hometown newspaper regarding her 5th grade Science Fair Project for which she did not place. In her spare time, she enjoys attributing famous historical quotes to Marilyn Monroe and getting in fights with thirteen year olds on twitter. Email: catie@grandex.co

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