Inouye first Asian American to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

December 20, 2012

Friends from both sides of the aisle stood shoulder-to-shoulder Thursday in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda to remember the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), who became the first Asian American afforded the honor of lying in state at a revered spot.

The event forced small talk among leaders in sharp disagreement over how to avert the series of tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect in January. Before the ceremony began, Vice President Biden, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Reid engaged in a brief, if awkward-looking conversation.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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