John Lewis: Decision Was Tougher Than Selma March
In my last post, I wrote about Congressman John Lewis' decision to endorse Senator Obama after previously pledging his support to Senator Clinton several months ago.
You can watch the interview below with The Congressman in which he states that his decision was tougher than his decision to march in Selma back in 1965. Take a listen - you can hear the struggle in his voice. While his claim may seem over-the-top to some, Congressman Lewis has said time and time again that his decision to march across that bridge over 40 years ago was not much of a decision for him. John Lewis was Called to march and march he did...
John Lewis: 43 years ago I marched across the bridge in Selma. That was much easier than the decision that I have to make but I had to make it.
Andrea Mitchell: You're saying that this decision was harder than the Selma March?
John Lewis: It was much tougher. All I had to do in Selma in 1965 was put on my trench coat and suit and backpack and walk and look straight ahead. But..
Andrea Mitchell: Congressman, you got your head beaten in...your face was covered with blood.
John Lewis: But this is tougher. I'm dealing with friends, people that I love, people that I admire, part of my extended family...
Listen or read Juan William's NPR interview with Congressman Lewis here.