US Capitol Building

The United States Senate took a break from their law making (or stalling) to watch how it was done in the old days. Steven Spielberg and his star, Daniel Day-Lewis, attended a screening of "Lincoln" at the Capitol Visitors Center yesterday.  Spielberg said that he was honored to see Senators from ”both sides sitting in the same room watching a president put the people out in front of the abyss.”

The Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that he hoped the messages in the film would hit home with both his fellow Senators and the American people generally: “I hope everybody who shared his anti-political mood will go out there and see 'Lincoln.' The movie portrays a nobility of politics in exactly the right way."

Maybe the film will inspire political resolutions, but for now the only breakthrough according to Deadline was the Senate Rules Committee waiving its usual policies in order to allow popcorn for the screening.