Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., reminisces about his start in politics as he stands in front of a photo of himself with fellow Minnesotan Walter Mondale who served as a senator and vice-president, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP)

WATCH: Al Franken soothes a crying baby

In these charged partisan times, maybe we can all use some reassurance


Matthew Rozsa
October 31, 2016 11:30PM (UTC)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, has just added some much-needed levity to the election season.

As an editor for The Huffington Post was fortunate enough to witness and record, Franken found himself confronted with a crying baby as he returned from a recent trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he had campaigned on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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As so often happens on flights, a baby on the plane became upset and started crying. This prompted the comedian turned legislator to join in with other passengers in the coach cabin and sing a rousing rendition of "Itsy Bitsy Spider." (An earlier attempt at the alphabet song failed.)

Coincidentally Franken, who is a grandfather of three, recently appeared on "The View" to explain why he and his wife were moving two blocks away from his daughter, Thomasin. “I want to see them [my grandchildren] all the time," Franken told the co-hosts. “Mainly my daughter wants my wife there.”

If only Franken could find some way of singing a lullaby to the rest of the voting public.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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