Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

President Donald Trump is honoring former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, calling the longtime Kansas lawmaker "a true American hero".

"Long after we are gone, when our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren visit that extraordinary tribute on the National Mall, they will no longer find World War II veterans gazing up at their memorial to their friends and their deeds; they will be gone", Trump said.

Designed and engraved by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, the medal's reverse (tails) shows a Kansas wheat field below a quote from Senator Dole: FOR GREATNESS LIES NOT IN WHAT OFFICE YOU HOLD, BUT IN HOW HONEST YOU ARE, IN HOW YOU FACE ADVERSITY, AND IN YOUR WILLINGNESS TO STAND FAST IN HARD PLACES.

"I think the good senator is fond of saying, "you can take the boy out of Kansas but you can't take the Kansas out of the boy", she said.

Dole was a member of the House of Representatives from Kansas from 1961 until 1969 when he was elected to the Senate.

"This is a much overdue honor that could not have been accomplished without the great work of Senator Roberts and our entire Kansas Congressional delegation", said Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.

"A flawless description of Bob Dole's extraordinary life", he said.

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Senator Bob Dole also ran for president in 1980, but failed to earn the presidential nomination. "As a public servant, veteran and statesman, his career has improved the lives of millions of Americans. You could catch the emotion in their voices". Other Congressional Gold Medal honorees include Senators Robert Kennedy, John Glenn and Harry Truman.

Previous recipients have included former presidents, including George Washington, as well as actors, entertainers, inventors and some foreign dignitaries.

"How appropriate it is to give the gold medal to someone who is the gold standard", Hoyer said.

During his childhood in Russell, he delivered the Salina Journal newspaper. He waited tables for $12.50 a month and worked a milk route.

That service began 75 years ago when Dole joined the Army in World War II and was sent to Europe.

Dole, 94, overlapped eight presidents during his 35 years in Congress.

After leaving the Senate, Dole became more visible and busy than ever, as an author, political commentator, commercial spokesman, and television personality.

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