Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Bob Dole's tribute to George Bush

I was moved to see former Senator Bob Dole, who is now 95, standing in his wheelchair to salute the coffin of George HW Bush.

Both men were World War II veterans. Bob Dole saluted with his left hand because he had lost most of the use of the right arm when injured during the war.
It was all the more moving because they were former rivals: both men had dreamed of being President of their country and sought nomination in 1988, George Bush's success meaning the end of that dream for Bob Dole.

It was once possible for people to be rivals for high office without becoming enemies. It still should be.

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