1-Year-Old Gets Sworn in as Senator on Capitol Hill (VIDEO)

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Senator Chris Murphy babyIt's a big week for the big guys in Washington, D.C., with the new members of Congress being sworn in. So how did a little baby grab the headlines? Turns out spankin' new Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy's baby boy had no problem stealing his dad's spotlight. When Vice President Joe Biden asked the Democrat to raise his hand to take the oath of office, 1-year-old Rider threw his arm up in the air.

The result? Epic cuteness on Capitol Hill. Just watch the little guy in action:

My God, I want to go squeeze him, he's so cute! And Dad took being upstaged at what is arguably one of the biggest moments of his life like a champ, didn't he? Here Murphy is being sworn in as a flipping Senator of the United States -- one of the top jobs in the entire country -- and even the vice president has his eyes on the cute baby!

Ah yes, this is parenting at its best, isn't it? Realizing that you are no longer the center of attention ... and being totally OK with it.

Has your baby ever upstaged one of your big moments? Did you handle it as well as Senator Murphy?


Image via SenateDemocrats/YouTube

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femal... femaleMIKE

oh that is so adorable.  He did get upstaged.

frogg... froggyt11

O how cute!

dirti... dirtiekittie

he is adorable! i just want to squeeze him! :) 

nonmember avatar diana33

very cute but is it just me that doesn't think people who are in situations like this should involve their kids. He's being sworn in, couldn't his kids have watched from the side? Same with athletes getting awards that have their kids on the ice with the as they get a medal put around their neck. To me, it's the adults award and the kid can share that event with mom/dad after but should be on the side recognizing someone else's turn in the spotlight. Before you get on my case, I realize this was the parent's decision not the child's but I still don't agree with it.

nonmember avatar kaerae

Finally, a senator who'll have an excuse to throw a fit, pick up his toys and go home.

nonmember avatar Riley J

@diana33 This wasn't a real swearing-in ceremony, it was just a reenactment. It took place during the mock (or ceremonial) swearing-in ceremony in the afternoon in the Old Senate Chamber. Traditionally, the senator's entire family is allowed to participate, and pictures and joking are allowed and encouraged. The actual swearing-in takes place in a dignified, serious ceremony held earlier in the day in the Senate chambers. For that real ceremony, where pictures aren't allowed, Sen. Murphy was escorted down the aisle by Sen. Blumenthal, not his family. After the swearing-in ceremony, Murphy and all the other new senators signed the Senate Oath Book, which contains the signatures of (presumably) every new senator to take office since the Civil War era.

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