One of the things that largely determine the essence of man is the way he manifests himself, surviving rivals. Some are satisfied with “dancing on the grave”, thereby devaluing their own reputation, others pay tribute to honor and respect a worthy opponent.
On December 4, during the farewell ceremony for recently deceased George H. W. Bush, a former Republican Senator, 95-year-old Bob Dole, the party’s main rival George Bush in the presidential election, showed the world how to say goodbye to the old rivals.
Bob Dole, confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in the Second World war, arriving at held the farewell ceremony, did not say a word. But actions speak more than words. Semi-paralyzed, unable to walk independently, but to preserve the power of the spirit 95-year-old Senator has found the strength to rise to his feet with the aid of an assistant to overcoming the weakness of his own body, silently give honor to a fellow veteran, a longtime party member and a worthy opponent.
And this is after 30 years ago it is the victory of Bush, in fact, “closed the way to the Dole in the White House” according to Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on foreign relations, U.S., who knew them both. “Time heals all wounds. I was with Bob Dole, when he lost to George Bush in new Hampshire that actually closed the Dole the road to the White House, opening it up to Bush. Dole was then angry and upset. This tribute after S0 years — that these things help me to continue to believe in people.” – posted by Richard N. Haass in your tweeter.
American society grieving for the departed ex-President, was touched by and appreciated the act, Bob Dole, demonstrated how the power of the spirit, and the ability to give credit even to those who at the time, in fact, influenced his career. However, men of honor have always been able to appreciate a worthy opponent. Amber Smith called Dole “one of the best Americans”, as Jeb Bush, son of 41st U.S. President, warmly thanked 95-year-old Senator.
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Dave Zakarian has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Koz Post, Dave Zakarian worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella.