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Congressional Leaders Star In The Most Awkward Video Ever

United States Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. Aerial

Members of the top leadership in both sides of Congress got together today for a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony, and proceeded to star in the most awkward video in history:

[T]hat tension may never has been as awkward (or hilarious) as it was Tuesday, when an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act produced footage that quickly went viral.

In the clip, posted on Vine by NBC News producer Frank Thorp V, congressional leaders like Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) can be seen swaying, hand-in-hand, while a group sang the civil rights era anthem “We Shall Overcome.”

Their faces say it all.

Here’s the video:

That just about sums up the last four years in Congress.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May, 2010 and also writes at Below The Beltway. Follow Doug on Twitter | Facebook


  1. Mu says:

    Pretty mean to use a palm buzzer to shock your fellow congressman while in a public appearance

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  2. al-Ameda says:

    That is some sad sad stuff.
    It made me want to go out and buy a bag of powdered white mini-donuts, a malt liquor, and watch George Stephanopoulis interview Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.

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  3. Tillman says:

    Pelosi looks like the only person who might be able to fake enjoying this.

    Reid looks like he’s going to eat Boehner or McConnell’s head any second.

    Boehner’s like, “This isn’t any worse than what I have to do with my caucus every day.” He has the look of a man who realized the zenith of his life is past; it’s all downhill from here.

    Carl Levin looks visibly uncomfortable. He is radiating discomfort.

    McConnell…looks like he always does. He might be dead.

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  4. Franklin says:

    Levin looks really worried about whoever is on his other side.

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  5. PJ says:


    Levin looks really worried about whoever is on his other side.

    That would be Rep. John Lewis.

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  6. JWH says:

    Is it just me, or does McConnell look like an amphibian?

    Oddly, Boehner and Pelosi seem most comfortable.

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