Saturday, April 18, 2015

LL.M. Alumnus Ben Thomas on the Daily Show??

Senator Pat Roberts from Kansas was featured on many news highlights and as a "Moment of Zen" on the Daily Show last week.  His cell phone went off while USDA Secretary Vilsack was testifying before the Senate Finance committee.  And, it turns out that his cell phone ring tone is the song "Let it Go" from the Disney animated film, Frozen.

What you may not have realized is that one of our alumni, Ben Thomas, was sitting directly behind Secretary Vilsack at the hearing.  While you can only see a bit of him on the brief Daily Show clip, we found a longer YouTube video that shows the moments before the cell phone goes off, and it shows Ben attentively listening to the Secretary's testimony. Clearly an alumni sighting is bigger news to us than Senator Roberts' ringtone! Watch the clip below -  and that's Ben on the right.

Ben serves at USDA as Chief of Staff for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services.

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