Every year, Congress gives out a select number of Congressional Gold Medals to citizens who have made an impact on American life. Today, Congress awarded one to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Dr. King’s family accepted on his behalf and Congress was forced to join hands and sing “We Shall Overcome.”
Perhaps the best moment of any of our lives happened next.
We pay these people, America. A lot.
The best part is, clearly, the faces. Harry Reid cannot fathom why he has to touch the germy hands of both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, and his expression clearly indicates that he would rather be filing paperwork with the FEC over a potential campaign finance issue that could also possibly involve a proctology exam.
Could it get any worse? Could this moment somehow exceed the horrifying reality? Will they next be forced to hug? Reid may have resigned himself to sharing a shake with his fellow elected leaders, but for Carl Levin, on the other side of the drum circle and only months away from his official retirement, is deeply considering all of the terrifying possibilities.
Do you see that, America? That is pure, unadulterated fear.
Look at the eyes.
TERROR. You can smell it.
Someone needs to reward them with vodka.
UPDATE: Bigger, longer, uncut and with way more awkwardness.