Politicians aren’t exactly able to go door-to-door meeting folks at the moment, but Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is doing the next best thing”or maybe even the better thing”and heading out to meet folks in Animal Crossing instead [Update: and attend graduation ceremonies!].
AOC put out a notice earlier today that she was planning on visiting “random people’s islands” so she could “leave a doodle or note on their bulletin board”. She opened her DMs for four minutes, giving followers a chance to leave some Dodo codes so she could come visit, before heading off on an evening of being offered fruit, interrupting people’s islands with cutscenes and hopefully some wholesome online interactions.
Ok I am going to open my DMs for exactly 4 minutes for Dodo code submission. Why 4? Who knows. Here we go! pic.twitter.com/ZWgivtpILS— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
The first visit: lovely!
Update 2: first ever House call (get it?????) in the books!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
It was so sweet. Island belonged to a family of three. We exchanged fruit, took pictures, and I signed a bulletin note using my touch screen.
I was floored by how fast they typed and they taught me about the app. ???? pic.twitter.com/KJsI6Gjh9p
Second visit: also lovely!
Anytime – your island is gorgeous! ????— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2020
Yet another visit, this time with Lifehacker’s own David Murphy: lovely!
Of course they’re lovely visits. It’s Animal Crossing.
I love the shirt, by the way.
Aside from regular visits, there’s also the possibility of appearing on (Rogue One screenwriter and former games writer) Gary Whitta’s Animal Crossing talk show, which is quite a sentence to be typing out onto a website.
This is funny and bizarre enough to be very compelling to me— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 7, 2020
UPDATE May 11: Oh wow, turns out she ended up making more than just social calls! Here she is visiting an epidemiologist’s graduation ceremony, where she even gave a short commencement address:
It was an honor – my very first commencement address! Thank you for the invitation ????☺️— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 9, 2020