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- Art Buchwald

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- Tyler Durden

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Monday, December 19, 2011

The Banking Queen

Barney Frank shows us his new style of awesomeness live on TV earlier this evening...
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election in 2012, appeared on the House floor Wednesday in a t-shirt, jacket and with his left arm in a sling, but explained to members of the House that his injuries were minor. 

"I deeply appreciate the solicitude of my colleagues on my appearance," he said. "I want to first assure them that there is much less here than meets the eye." 

Frank said he wanted to explain it once to all members of the House so he would not have to repeat it, since "responding to it 400 times would seem a bit excessive." 

Frank said a torn ligament was discovered, presumably in his left arm or shoulder, but that it was "easily repaired today." 

"This had nothing to do with my retirement," he said. "At no point during my 31 years here was this ligament ever essential to the performance of my duties." 

This isn't the first time Frank has shown up in a sling or discussed his health with his colleagues. He has also shown he gets tired when people show concern about an injury.