Generations after it boomed across a joint session of Congress on Dec. 26, 1941, to embolden a weary United States reeling from Pearl Harbor, Sir Winston Churchill’s voice once again echoed through the halls of Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon.
“As long as we have faith in our cause, and an unconquerable willpower, salvation will not be denied us,” rang his crisp British accent, in a decades-old recording that House Speaker John Boehner played for a packed house at the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.
The occasion, a dedication of a Churchill bust in the famed hall, was a rare show of bipartisan and trans-Atlantic pomp and circumstance, as diplomats, leaders — and even one of history’s legendary rock stars — bore tribute to one of 10 Downing Street’s most famed residents. Churchill was Britain’s prime minister during and after World War II.
Boehner, who called Churchill “the best friend the United States ever had,” was instrumental in adding Churchill’s likeness to the hall’s roster of esteemed historical figures. Boehner’s resolution, passed in December 2011, set aside space and resources for the bust. On Wednesday, Republicans and Democrats alike mouthed the words as the Who’s Roger Daltrey sang “Won’t Get Fooled Again.”
Oneida reps meet with NFL execs
Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation have requested a meeting with all 32 NFL owners during Super Bowl week, hoping to persuade them to get the Washington franchise to drop the nickname Redskins. Ray Halbritter, leader of the “Change the Mascot Campaign,” said Wednesday that his group asked in a meeting with NFL executives that Commissioner Roger Goodell and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder “visit our homelands.” The Oneidas also asked for an amendment to league bylaws to prohibit franchises from naming a team with any term that is a racial epithet. Halbritter says the dictionary defines the word “redskins” precisely as that.
Gaye kin sue thicke: Two of Marvin Gaye’s children sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators on the hit song “Blurred Lines” on Wednesday, accusing them of copyright infringement and alleging music company EMI failed to protect their father’s legacy. Nona Marvisa Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye’s suit is the latest salvo in a dispute over Thicke’s hit and whether it copies elements of Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up.” Thicke has denied copying Gaye’s song for “Blurred Lines,” which has the longest streak this year atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has sold more than 6 million tracks so far.