Watch Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis Dance 'Gangnam Style'

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For a 72-year-old, the Georgia Democrat can get down.

Since the smashingly popular emergence of bizarre South Korean dance phenonemon "Gangnam Style" in August, it's become a familiar trope. Google boss Eric Schmidt did it. Hugh Jackman did it, with its creator PSY, wearing Wolverine claws. At least one (and probably more) fake Mitt Romney did it. So did fake Barack Obama.

But this is new ground: Here's Rep. John Lewis, the 72-year-old Georgia Democrat and civil-rights icon. Lewis was one of the original Freedom Riders and was beaten while marching with Martin Luther King on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Now he can notch another accomplishment: He has the best political "Gangnam Style" video we've seen. And for a dude his age, he can dance.

The video is part of a get-out-the-vote drive. Lewis has been especially outspoken this year about restrictions that states have placed or are trying to place on voting, and compared the struggle to the 1960s civil-rights battles in an interview with The Atlantic's Andrew Cohen. Clearly, Lewis doesn't just talk the talk: he dances the dance, took.

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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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