Thursday, January 29, 2009

Introducing the "Can You Find Your Congressperson?" Contest!

For a little fun, we thought we would give you an opportunity to show off your political humor by introducing a contest to find your House Representative from the giant Inauguration photo and add an “insightful” (i.e. amusing) caption.

The winner - who we will choose at our discretion - will win a copy of Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns-Goodwin. The book has drawn a lot of attention because President Barack Obama (it is thought) has modeled his administration around similar principles of the Lincoln Administration.

The winner will be announced on the blog in a post on Monday, February 9th. We will also be sure to post as many entries as we can.

Here’s how to play:

First click on the “Terrific Inauguration Photo” link under the “This is what we’re looking at” column to your right.

Scan through the Inauguration photo until you find your Representative. If your Congressperson wasn't present pick your favorite Representative instead. To give you an idea of what to do next, follow the example below (we will use Associate Justice Antonin Scalia as our model).

Step 1: Find your target.

Step 2: Perform a “Print Screen” function by pressing the appropriate key on your keypad.

Step 3: Paste the image into Microsoft Paint, Apple Paint, or another appropriate program.

Step 4: Crop your zoomed-in image of your Congressperson and copy (ctrl C) and paste (ctrl V) the new image into a new file. After redrawing the boundaries, save the file and you have your picture!

Step 5: Come up with a clever or otherwise humorous caption. (For this picture we would say something like: “Justice Antonin Scalia and his clothing from the late 1400s”)

Then email your picture and caption to Don't forget to identify the Congressperson by name, district, and party!

Good Luck!

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