M&M's and phone calls home: What Hoosiers do on Trump's Air Force One
WASHINGTON – Air Force One is a sweet ride. Just ask Sen. Todd Young.
When the Indiana Republican hitched a ride to Indianapolis with President Trump for Trump’s tax reform speech Wednesday, Young took advantage of the face time with the president to lobby for federal funding for Indiana infrastructure projects.
He also snagged some souvenirs.
Young swiped five boxes of presidential M&M’s for his children. (At least four were for his children. It’s unclear if he kept the fifth box for himself.)
And his bag man? Make that “bag lady.”
Rep. Susan Brooks, who was also on the plane, agreed to carry the candy boxes in her purse. (First created in 1988, the red, white and blue colored candies come in boxes with the signature of the sitting president on one side and one of the M&M mascots holding an American flag on the other.)
Brooks still had room in her purse to include napkins stamped with the presidential seal for her staff.
“All of us in the office have ours displayed on our desks,” Brooks spokeswoman Becky Card said.
The Indiana Republican also gave her parents and husband a treat by giving them a call from one of the Air Force One phones. She was hoping to also talk to her son’s second grade students, but their school released students early Wednesday.
Brooks and Young – along with Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly and Republican Rep. Jackie Walorksi – were the only four members of Indiana’s congressional delegation invited to make the trip with Trump. (Young and Donnelly also rode in Trump’s limousine with him in Indiana while Brooks and Walorski were his car mates for the trip back to the White House after Air Force One returned to Washington.)
But they weren’t the only Hoosiers on board. Marc Lotter, Pence's outgoing press secretary, got a final ride on the plane.
And several members of the Air Force One crew that day were from Indiana. One airman, from Mishawaka, had even played basketball for St. Bavo, which had faced off against Donnelly’s son’s team years ago. Donnelly had coached his son’s team and recognized the airman’s name on his jacket.
Donnelly joked with the crew that they were working with “the Michael Jordan of St. Bavo.” And as Donnelly walked back to his seat he heard other crew members joking with the Hoosier, "Hey MJ, get back to work."