We spend a lot of time here at TPMmuckraker digging into Brent Wilkes
' doings. And yet, despite all the seamy details
, there just hasn't been that one thing that really brings the man alive for me. Oh, but my wait is over.Turns out
that Wilkes had a habit of shouting "catch phrases such as 'boom shaka laka' and 'yeah baby' whenever good news arrived." What good news? Well, you'd think that Duke Cunningham pushing through a multimillion dollar earmark would be an occasion for a "BOOM shaka laka!" And you can be sure that Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), and Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) were all good for a "Yeah baby!" on a number of occasions.
In May 2004, Wilkes' employees threw him a surprise party on his 50th birthday.
About 200 people attended the event, which included batting cages, a mechanical bull, a steel drum band, jousting and a dunk tank.
Banners with Wilkes' favorite sayings, such as "God loves a working man," "Boom Shaka Laka," and "Happy 50th ... Yeah Baby!" were in view.