Tom Daschle, the former Democratic senator from South Dakota who served alongside the late Sen. Bob Dole, eulogized his former colleague and longtime friend on Dec. 10 during a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.
Daschle said Dole was one of the first people to welcome him to the senate in 1987, an interaction that would serve as the foundation for their long friendship. The two shared similar views, despite being from different parties, while serving together on the Senate Finance and Agriculture committees.
“Bob faced the world, both its cruelties and its kindness, with humility, with humanity and of course, with humor,” Daschle said in his remarks.
The former senator also recalled his friend and former colleague’s efforts in supporting and creating policy for veterans and those with disabilities.
Dole died Dec. 5 at the age of 98. Joining top leaders of Congress at the invitation-only ceremony were President Joe Biden, first lady Jill Biden, former Vice President Mike Pence, and former President Bill Clinton, who won a second term after beating Dole in the 1996 election. Vice President Kamala Harris and actor Tom Hanks, among other leaders and dignitaries, were also in attendance.
Dole’s casket later traveled to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall for a public “celebration of life” featuring Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. Army Band.
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