Rep. Eliot Engel, one of the "aisle hogs" identified by Salon, gets his moment with President Obama Tuesday night

"Nightline" takes on the Aisle Hogs

A new term introduced by Salon caused something of a stir during Tuesday night's State of the Union

Salon Staff
January 26, 2011 5:41PM (UTC)

On Tuesday, we proposed a new term for State of the Union coverage: Aisle Hog -- a member of Congress who takes advantage of the first come, first served seating policy by staking out a position on the center aisle in the House chamber hours early just for the opportunity of crossing paths with the president  (and winding up on national television) for two or three seconds.

We're pleased to report that the term seems to have caught on. As President Obama was entering the chamber Tuesday night -- and as four of the five biggest Aisle Hogs we identified worked their way into the camera shot -- NBC's Brian Williams introduced his viewers to the concept. And when the speech was over, ABC's "Nightline" devoted a full segment to it. You can watch correspondent John Donvan's full report here:


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