Republicans and Democrats joined hands, swayed side-to-side and sang “We Shall Overcome” during Tuesday’s Congressional Gold Medal ceremony — and it was as awkward as it sounds.
Video of the ceremony, awarding Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Congressional Gold Medals, quickly went viral on social media, with most people stating how “cringe-worthy” the moment was.
“I watched killers being executed by the State of Arkansas. They looked happier and more at ease than this,” National Journal’s Ron Fournier wrote on Twitter.
Pictured holding hands were House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and others.
I watched killers being executed by the State of Arkansas. They looked happier and more at ease than this –> http://t.co/BjoU684pRS
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) June 24, 2014
— Albert Lewitinn (@albertlewitinn) June 24, 2014
Congressional leaders holding hands and swaying along to "We Shall Overcome" at Civil Rights Act ceremony. Only McConnell not singing along.
— Daniel Malloy (@ajconwashington) June 24, 2014
— Scott Montminy (@scottmontminy) December 28, 2012
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