“Oh God, It’s Mom.”: The Best C-SPAN Call…Ever!

By Elaine Magliaro

The Brothers Wodehouse–Brad and Dallas–appeared on C-SPAN yesterday. Daniel Strauss of TPM said the two siblings “are on opposite sides of the political spectrum.” Brad is president of the liberal group Americans United for Change. Dallas, a conservative, is president of Carolina Rising. They were both on C-SPAN “to talk about their documentary, Woodhouse Divided,” when their mother Joy called into the program.

Dallas said the documentary “is the story of all families and and the kinds of stories they have around their thanksgiving tables and the conversations they’ll have with their extended families round the Christmas table.”

When Dallas recognized his mother’s voice on the phone, he could be heard mumbling, “Oh god it’s mom.”

“Oh God, it’s Mom.” (C-SPAN)


‘Oh God It’s Mom’: Brother Operatives Get Surprise C-SPAN Caller (TPM)

This Is the Best C-SPAN Call of All-Time (Mother Jones)

Brothers On C-SPAN Divided By Politics, United In Mortification By Mom’s Call (NPR)

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5 Responses to “Oh God, It’s Mom.”: The Best C-SPAN Call…Ever!

  1. bettykath says:

    Leave it to mom to tell it like it is. I love you guys but when you come home, STFU

  2. blouise says:

    This was almost as good as the video of the Golden and her puppies.

  3. Elaine M. says:

    C-SPAN mom on getting along at the holidays: ‘I don’t take sides’

    Joyce Woodhouse became an Internet sensation on Tuesday when she called in to a C-SPAN program featuring her dueling pundit sons, Republican Dallas Woodhouse and Democrat Brad Woodhouse. A clip of the segment, in which she chides her clashing — and surprised — offspring was instantly circulated on Facebook and Twitter, with headlines dubbing her a “hero mom” and the “best C-SPAN caller of all time.”

    “I hope they just kinda get this out of their system today on your program,” she said to host Steve Scully of her boys’ bickering.

    In an interview Wednesday, the Raleigh, N.C., resident (who wouldn’t give her age: “I’ll forgive you for asking if you forgive me for not answering”) says she was surprised to discover that the call that she made thinking that no one would see it (“it’s C-SPAN!”) had gone viral. After the call, she went about her day, taking her car to be serviced and shopping at a nearby mall while it was fixed.

    Then she noticed the calls and e-mails that were pouring in. She heard from a niece in Kansas and a nephew in California. TV networks wanted to talk.

    She figures her stern but loving message might have struck a chord with other folks preparing for the holidays who just want their families to stop squabbling about politics and eat some dang ham already. “I think there are people who just want to have the bickering stop,” she said. “Maybe these people aren’t political and they just don’t like to hear this sort of thing.”

  4. Inga says:

    That was great!! We have a mixed bunch for family gatherings, no one talks politics anymore, since things have become so divisive. Good thing.

  5. rafflaw says:

    Mom knows best!

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