Rep. Aaron Schock gave his farewell speech to Congress Thursday at the same time that Downton Abbey producers announced the show would end after its next season.
The irony? The Illinois Republican is resigning amid a series of scandals that began when he spent lavishly to model his Capitol Hill office after the show.
We couldn’t help but notice some similarities in how the congressman and the producers of the show said their respective goodbyes:
1. Describing the emotional journey
“I was never more excited than when I walked into this chamber six years ago. I leave here with sadness and humility.” (Schock)
“The Downton journey has been amazing for everyone aboard…I do know how grateful we are to have been allowed this unique experience” (Downton Abbey)
2. Referencing the millions of people they’ve touched
“I will miss joining my colleagues in saving and strengthening social security and Medicare that will directly improve the quality of life for millions of Americans for generations to come.” (Schock)
“Millions of people around the world have followed the journey of the Crawley family and those who serve them for the last five years.” (Downton Abbey)
3. Talking about the ‘stories’
“I know this is not the ending of a story, but rather the beginning of a new chapter.” (Schock)
“It felt right and natural for the storylines to come together” (Downton Abbey)
Now that Schock’s leaving Capitol Hill, might a cameo on the show be on the cards? It’s not too late.