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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:05 PM


Here's Biden's Eulogy @ Strom Thurmond's funeral. It's not that long. Judge for yourself.

Instead of talking around the subject of him giving a eulogy and (some say) "praising" a segregationist, here it is, in all its glory. The Biden eulogy at Stom Thurmond's funeral:

Fritz (looking directly at Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings), he was one complex guy. For what else would explain that he asked, Iím told by Nancy, a guy named Biden from the state of Delaware to be one of his eulogists? Iíll never figure him out.

And, Strom, I wonít forgive it.

Lindsey, I always thought I was in control, but I knew down deep I wasnít, and I think this is his last laugh. For what else could explain a Northeast liberalís presence here as the only outsider speaking today? With the possible exception of Vice President Cheney.

Strom Thurmond was the only man whom I knew who in a literal sense lived in three distinct and separate periods of American history, and lived what would have been considered a full life in each of those periods, particularly in his beloved South. Born into an era of essentially unchallenged and unexamined mores of the South, reaching his full maturity in a era of fully challenged and critically exam[in]ed bankrupt mores of his beloved South, and living out his final three decades in a South that had formally rejected its past on race. In each of these stages, in my observation -- and I was only with him the last three decades -- Strom represented exactly where he came from.

There's an old hymn that includes these lyrics:

Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good or evil side;
...Then it is the brave man chooses while the coward stands aside....1

No one ever doubted Strom Thurmondís physical courage. Youíve heard much written about it. Not 15 years ago I was reminded of this. I was coming across to vote in the Senate and going up the escalator, and a fellow who apparently had held a longtime grudge against Senator Thurmond, a tourist, literally interposed himself between me and Strom and then said -- and Thad may remember this -- and said, "If you werenít so old, I would knock you" -- and, Reverend, I will not say what he said -- "I will knock you down." And I immediately stood between them. And Strom literally took off his coat and said, "Hold my coat, Joe." (Swear to God.) And I looked at him and said, "No, no, no, no, no, no." And with that, he went down and did 25 pushups. He had to be 88, 87. He stood up and looked at the man -- he said, "If you werenít so young Iíd knock you down."......(cont'd at link)

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Reply Here's Biden's Eulogy @ Strom Thurmond's funeral. It's not that long. Judge for yourself. (Original post)
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Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:58 PM

1. I had not read nor heard this. Well said, Joe Biden.


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