Elijah Cummings misattributes Emerson quote to Mandela


Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post wrote about how funereal yesterday’s Maryland Democratic Party’s legislative lunch was.

Additionally, she pointed out that Congressman Elijah Cummings attributed a quotation to Nelson Mandela (via Mandela’s grandson) that was actually made by Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“There’s no family I know,’’ Cummings continued encouragingly, “that when they have problems they say, ‘To hell with it.’ ’’ The most memorable part of his “life-altering” trip to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in South Africa, he told his friends in the hotel ballroom, was when Mandela’s grandson said that the great man had counseled him, “Don’t be pushed around by your fears and problems; be led by your hopes and dreams.”

Actually, Emerson said that.

Be sure to read how dead the event was in the rest of the article. Additionally, Doug Gansler, Donna Edwards, and Barbara Mikulski were no-shows.

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