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Watch Congressional Leaders Awkwardly Hold Hands

photo of Elahe Izadi
June 24, 2014

Congressional leaders held hands and swayed to music todayand they did not appear to be too comfortable about it.

The moment came during the congressional gold-medal ceremony for Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, as the Army Chorus sang "We Shall Overcome." And so there they were, House Speaker John Boehner clasping the hands of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid holding onto Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell having House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to hold onto. And Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and Reps. John Lewis and Marcia Fudge rounding out the bunch.

Some of them sang along to the iconic civil-rights era anthem. So while the occasion was one of celebration in paying tribute to the Kings, this very perfect moment captured something else. The lawmakers' faces, their posture, and the reality of legislative gridlock that's been strangling Capitol Hill for years underscores the sentiment: It's highly unlikely Congress shall overcome.

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