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Members Of Congress Awkwardly Sway, Sing And Hold Hands

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Chuck Ross
Reporter

Some members of a bi-partisan group of congressional leaders appeared extremely uncomfortable during the song portion of an event held Tuesday.

The group, which consisted of Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Harry Reid, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Sen. Carl Levin, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Marcia Fudge and Rep. John Lewis, awarded the Congressional Gold medal posthumously to Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King.

The medal was given to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The delegation sang “We Shall Overcome,” an anthem of the civil rights movement. During the singing, the audience and the congressional delegation crossed arms and held hands with their neighbor while swaying, in what appeared to be an awkward scene.

House Minority Leader Pelosi seemed upbeat during the song, compared to some of her colleagues. Senate Minority Leader McConnell eeked out a smile, while Senator Majority Leader Reid showed glimpses of unease.

Each member of the congressional delegation spoke after the song.

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