The Kansas Republican, a decorated World War II veteran and his party's 1996 presidential candidate, will receive Congress' highest honor during a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday. But Kansas senator Pat Roberts says Dole's time on Capitol Hill has never been forgotten. No one is a better example of this than my friend and mentor, Senator Bob Dole.
The medal's reverse (tails) displays 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".
During a military offensive in Italy, Dole was seriously wounded while trying to save a fellow soldier. "Bob is a true American hero who has dedicated his life to serving our nation and the great state of Kansas".
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY noted to laughter that Mr. Dole was the person credited with the joke that the most unsafe place in Washington was between Mr. Schumer and a TV camera.
The Gold Medal caps a lifetime of leadership, said Bill Lacy with the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence. Some of the award's 300 recipients include George Washington and Mother Teresa.
President Donald Trump highlighted Dole's lasting physical legacy, the national World War II Memorial, which is visible from the Capitol balcony bearing Dole's name.
"I share with you a lesson learned over 60 years", Elizabeth Dole said.
Dole was the main previous Republican chosen one to help Trump's bid in the 2016 decision. Trump, meanwhile, was mired in a pitched budget battle that threatened to end in a government shutdown at week's end. Dole had played basketball and football for the University of Kansas, but his education there was ended by World War II. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 1960, then to the U.S. Senate in 1968. "Thank you to Rep. Jenkins for her work in the House, and I look forward to him receiving this honor".
Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole is receiving the Congressional Gold Medal. He was elected a USA representative from Kansas in 1960.
The ceremony to present the high honor to Dole attracted - in addition to Trump, Pence, and the top congressional leaders in both parties - an abundance of allies and adversaries from years past.
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