Is Paul Ryan’s D.C. Snowfall Live-Stream Playing His Gym Mix? A Brief Investigation

Between its many musical references and titillating weather graphics, Winter Storm Jonas has been getting a lot of press as it barrels through the east coast. This is especially true because one of the blizzard’s targeted areas is our nation’s great capital, Washington, D.C. Not one to miss the opportunity already taken by the Jonas Brothers, Weezer and internet trolls the world over, the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) decided to offer its own submission to the mix — a livestream of the snowfall on YouTube.

According to Ryan’s official website, the livestream will be active all weekend for D.C. residents who still have power, Americans free from the perils of wintry weather, and anyone else who suddenly finds themselves bored with Netflix.

Here’s something from Washington, DC, that won’t make you want to throw your phone across the room. No speeches. No politicians. No media pundits. It’s just a pure, uninterrupted livestream of the snow falling on the National Mall, as seen from the Speaker’s office in the U.S. Capitol.

“Give your Netflix a break and check out the snowfall for a few minutes. Or a few hours,” the post concludes. “It’ll be here all weekend long.”

There are a multitude of better things one can do instead of watching Ryan’s livestream of Winter Storm Jonas’ wrath (or lack thereof) from his office window, like watching Netflix. However, observant viewers will notice straightaway that the video’s soundtrack seems… appropriate. Maybe even a little too appropriate. Like a slow-dance-remix-of-Marvin-Gaye’s-“Sexual-Healing”-level of appropriate.

If I were a betting man, then I’d put money on the possibility that the seemingly endless loop of house music strewn throughout was taken from Ryan’s gym mix. Hell, it might even be the only thing the Wisconsin representative listens to at the gym.


“Hold on a second, mister,” you’re probably thinking. “How do you know that Speaker Ryan goes to the gym?”

Um, do you even surf the web, brah? Recall that, back in October 2012 during the last presidential election, Ryan posed in gym clothes and a totes-awesome backwards baseball cap for TIME magazine. He even brandished a dumbbell and made a few awkward “don’t even” hand gestures for the camera. Needless to say, the internet loved the then-Republican vice presidential candidate for it…

…almost as much as they love him for his terribly annoying Winter Storm Jonas livestream today.


For more of what may be Speaker Ryan’s easy gym listening mix (and then some), check out the livestream below.

(Via Speaker Paul Ryan)

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