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Sun Dec 5, 2021, 06:26 PM

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Senator Bob Dole

Statement of President Joe Biden on the Passing of Senator Bob Dole
December 05, 2021
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A month after being sworn in as President, one of the first conversations I had with anyone outside the White House was with our dear friends, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, at their home in Washington. Bob had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, and I was were there to offer the same support, love, and encouragement that they showed me and Jill when our son Beau battled cancer, and that the Doles have shown us over the half century we’ve been friends.

Like all true friendships, regardless of how much time has passed, we picked up right where we left off, as though it were only yesterday that we were sharing a laugh in the Senate dining room or debating the great issues of the day, often against each other, on the Senate floor. I saw in his eyes the same light, bravery, and determination I’ve seen so many times before.

In the Senate, though we often disagreed, he never hesitated to work with me or other Democrats when it mattered most. He and Ted Kennedy came together to turn Bob’s lifelong cause into the Americans with Disabilities Act — granting tens of millions of Americans lives of greater dignity. On the Social Security Commission, he led a bipartisan effort with Pat Moynihan to ensure that every American could grow old with their basic dignity intact. When he managed the bill to create a federal holiday in the name of Martin Luther King, Jr. — a bill that many in his own caucus opposed — I will never forget what he said to our colleagues: “No first-class democracy can treat people like second-class citizens.”

Another bipartisan effort, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program, provided school meals and food for nursing mothers and young children. It saved the lives of countless young people who would otherwise have died in infancy — and brought dignity to tens of millions of families at home and abroad. This work, for Bob, was about more than passing laws. It was written on his heart.

Bob was an American statesman like few in our history. A war hero and among the greatest of the Greatest Generation. And to me, he was also a friend whom I could look to for trusted guidance, or a humorous line at just the right moment to settle frayed nerves. I will miss my friend. But I am grateful for the times we shared, and for the friendship Jill and I and our family have built with Liddy and the entire Dole family.

Bob was a man to be admired by Americans. He had an unerring sense of integrity and honor. May God bless him, and may our nation draw upon his legacy of decency, dignity, good humor, and patriotism for all time.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/12/05/statement-of-president-joe-biden-on-the-passing-of-senator-bob-dole/

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 06:39 PM

1. Joe Biden: Compassionate, thoughtful statement on the death of a man he called a friend.

DU: Fuck Bob Dole.



It would be nice if we were more inclined to emulate the words and actions of the person we voted for than of the one we voted against.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 06:49 PM

3. If TFG were to die tomorrow, I'm sure President Biden's statement

would be dignified, measured, and thoughtful. I'm afraid my own remarks would be more along the line you're lamenting.

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Response to Croney (Reply #3)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 06:54 PM

4. He would be respectful but I don't think he'd call TFG his friend, or reflect on values

and experiences they shared because there aren't any. His statement would reflect his respect for the office but not of a personal connection. TFG is probably the only person whose grave I might be inclined to dance on because he has no redeeming characteristics at all. Bob Dole had some, as do most people.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 08:24 PM

7. He'd probably make condolences to the family...

…and make some very vague, generalized references to him having served as President.

It would be professional, but rather brief.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 08:49 PM

8. I would be greatly relieved if TFG died

but I wouldn't take it as an opportunity to talk about what a POS he was. I can do that now.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 06:48 PM

2. I respect Bob Dole for what he did in Italy. I don't like his politics.

I can't believe he supported drumpf to the very end, but I am grateful for his sacrifice...unlike the GOP who shit all over Max Cleland and John McCain. So fuck the GOP! May COVID take more of your unvaccinated fascist pieces of shit voters.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 07:09 PM

5. Bill Clinton

I remember President Bill Clinton coming out of a meeting laughing and wiping tears from his eyes and telling the reporters that “Bob Dole tells the best jokes!”

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Response to FelineOverlord (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 08:01 PM

6. Yes he did, and that's the ONLY positive thing I could say about him,

different from our fine President Joe Biden, likely the best thing about Dole we'll see.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 09:04 PM

9. Yes I respect his service, and I appreciate a good sense of humor

Politically, though, I think he was overrated. I think he would have fit in with the GOP today as long as it meant being a Republican.

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 09:06 PM

10. Very thoughtful and gracious words

I didn't agree with a lot of his positions, but I'd give my left arm to have people like him running the GOP again

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Response to Botany (Original post)

Sun Dec 5, 2021, 09:09 PM

11. Lest we forget his decency. Thank you Joe.

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