On Wednesday afternoon, as the Senate Intelligence Committee lit up the internet by posting written testimony from former FBI Director James Comey, Vice President Mike Pence took repeatedly to Twitter.
He shared a bunch of pictures about spending his birthday with astronauts.
Comey’s statement details the fired director’s meetings with President Trump, one of which Comey characterizes as “inappropriate and should never happen.”
Pence’s string of tweets included several photos of himself, on the day he turned 58, posing with a new class of astronauts.
On my way to @NASA_Johnson to affirm @POTUS' & this admin's commitment to @NASA. Watch POTUS discuss NASA in weekly address from March. https://t.co/ZhZt9lRPyg— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
Arrived at @NASA_Johnson and met the 12 new astronaut candidates. Congratulations to them all! Watch live: https://t.co/h0MgcMv9Z7 #VPinTX pic.twitter.com/ngEigVCsiU— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
Earlier Wednesday, Pence shared images of his birthday celebration aboard Air Force II. There were balloons.
Fun way to start a birthday. Thanks team for decorating AFII! Glad to have @SenTedCruz, @RepBrianBabin, & @LamarSmithTX21 aboard! #VPinTX pic.twitter.com/bIZM8y3CSJ— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
He also took the time to catch up with Sen. Ted Cruz.
Catching up with @SenTedCruz aboard Air Force II as we make our way to his home state & @NASA_Johnson. #VPinTX pic.twitter.com/tPVWR7A7cV— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
He got to deliver a special message to NASA.
Tune in! https://t.co/Rh8SlhwefE— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
And he live-tweeted his address to the newest class of astronauts.
The United States will usher in a new era of space exploration that will benefit every facet of our national life. https://t.co/Pzi7ygGeFD— Vice President Pence (@VP) June 7, 2017
Though he reportedly had plenty of balloons and guests decked out in (optional) party hats, there were no candles for the Vice President as per Federal Aviation Administration rules.
This @AshleyRParker description of Pence’s staff’s birthday surprise for him is, well, just magical. pic.twitter.com/3cLQLjuSv4— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) June 7, 2017
All in all, it appeared that Pence’s birthday was the stuff of childhood dreams. Or, maybe, a dispatch from another planet.