On Thursday, the Pope delivered an address to Congress, one that was political, engaging, and inspiring. But it was also a little long, and there were more than a few people who looked really bored during the speech. Fair enough — the pope is a truly remarkable and inspiring man, but sitting through speeches can be kind of rough. To all those bored congresspeople out there: It's OK. I get it. I survived Catholic school, with its many, many masses. I too have learned the art of sleeping with one's eyes open. And you all have a lot to worry about lately, between battling it out over Planned Parenthood and trying to pass a budget. I'm sure a few of you aren't sleeping very well. So, getting a little bored during the pontiff's speech doesn't make you a bad person.
But it does provide some hysterical photos. If you were one of the bored audience members, take heart. While Pope Francis was challenging conventions, advocating against the death penalty, and reminding the world of the golden rule, a whole lot of other people were fighting sleep right alongside you. Luckily, there were plenty of photographers to capture them doing so. Here are a few of the people caught catching up on sleep during the pontifical address.
This Guy Slyly Sleeping In The Back
He thinks that John Kerry will run interference for him, and no one will realize that he was totally asleep. But the jig is up, sir. I hope you enjoyed your nap.
Marco Rubio, Who Is Actually Asleep In This Photo
Wondering why the senator looks so emotionless? It's because he's actually sleep clapping. I'm mostly kidding — Rubio was actually incredibly engaged during the speech, and even got a little choked up. But he does kind of look bored here, just saying.
Chris Christie, Who Just Really Wants To Get This Show On The Road
In this photo, Christie is the human embodiment of "are we there yet?" We'll give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that he was just very anxious for the speech to begin — not end. Meanwhile, the man next to him tries to subtly check the time, while the woman on his other side does not appreciate being photographed.
Joe Biden And John Boehner
These two Catholics were beyond stoked that the pope was literally right in front of them. But in this photo, they both look like they're on the verge of either falling asleep or breaking down in tears. Which, considering the fact that Boehner gets very emotional around the pope, isn't unheard of.
Ben Carson, Who Is Wondering Why He Came
He's also wishing that he had a better seat. Come on, Carson — you survived medical school. Is this really the most boring thing you've ever sat through?
The Woman Behind Rubio, Who Is "Resting Her Eyes"
This lady is trying that technique where you blink a lot to keep yourself from falling asleep. I don't think it worked for her.
Half The People In This Picture
The man behind Kerry is in the middle of a weary sigh. The lady next to him gave up. Meanwhile, Kerry tries to focus very hard, in case there's a pop quiz later.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Who's Remembering That Congress Is More Fun When She's Drunk
But I believe the woman deserves a large round of applause for not falling asleep this time. It shows true growth.
The Pope Himself
OK, so he didn't actually fall asleep during his own address. But so far, America is pretty positive that he fell asleep during his first U.S. mass, and he definitely looks like he's grabbing a quick nap during the national anthem. But the way I see it, if the pope himself can fall asleep during church, it's OK for a few people to catch some winks during his address. After all, it's not like the House is a particularly holy place, anyway.