Following the announcement that longtime GOP senator and war hero Bob Dole passed away, many took time to remember the 98-year-old. While several politicians reflected on his service to this country’s policy, others remembered his military contributions as well as his valor in combat.
Former President George W. Bush also released a heartfelt statement about the veteran politician in a statement.
“Laura and I are saddened by the passing of a great patriot, Senator Bob Dole. This good man represented the finest of American values. He defended them in uniform during World War II. He advanced them in the United States Senate. And he lived them out as a father, husband, and friend. Our entire family benefitted from that friendship, including my father. I will always remember Bob’s salute to my late dad at the Capitol, and now we Bushes salute Bob and give thanks for his life of principled service. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to Elizabeth and join our fellow citizens in prayer for her comfort,” a statement from Bush, via the George W. Presidential Center, reads, via Fox News.
Following an established career in the U.S. Army, Bob Dole entered into politics in the 1960s in the United States House of Representatives. He did this up until 1969 when he served in the United States Senate representing Kansas.
There he would go on to have an extensive career navigating policy and even running for President of the United States in 1996. Though he couldn’t defeat former President Bill Clinton, that didn’t deter Dole from doing the meaningful work.
Bob Dole’s Military Service
Further, the Army veteran’s experience in World War II left him with a sense of duty to his country. He wrote an autobiography in the late 1980s detailing his war experiences.
“I could see my platoon’s radioman go down…After pulling his lifeless form into the foxhole, I scrambled back out again. As I did, I felt a sharp sting in my upper right back,” Dole wrote of his experience overseas in Italy.
Though Dole was a stout republican, many on the other side of the table still respected him for his attitude and love for serving the country.
“Bob Dole dedicated his entire life to serving the American people, from his heroism in World War II to the 35 years he spent in Congress. After all he gave in the war, he didn’t have to give more. But he did. His example should inspire people today and for generations to come,” former President Bill Clinton shared in a Twitter post on Sunday.
Further, former Vice President Dick Cheney also took time to share his thoughts. He also offered the entire Dole family some comfort at this time.
“Our friendship spanned nearly 50 years, going back to his time as President Ford’s running mate, and he carried his devotion to this nation through all of his work in life. His presence will be missed, but the profound impact he had on this country will never be forgotten. Lynne and I extend our thoughts and condolences to our friend, Elizabeth, and to the entire Dole family,” he said.