Witnessed Bob Dole wipe tears & stroke coffin of Sen. Inouye, 2 disabled WWII vets, saying goodbye. Makes fiscal cliff seem so very small.—
Susan Davis (@DaviSusan) December 20, 2012
Sen. Bob Dole delivered a touching salute to his long-time colleague and fellow World War II veteran Sen. Daniel Inouye as he lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.
Bob Dole – joined by Elizabeth D, Reid and McConnell – just stepped to Inouye casket, paid his respects w a sharp left-handed salute—
(@jmartpolitico) December 20, 2012
Dole, 89, was escorted carefully to the casket by his wife, former North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole, saying, “I wouldn’t want Danny to see me in a wheelchair.” CQ Roll Call has the very touching photo.
Very moving photo as former Sen Bob Dole pays final respects to Daniel Inouye in Capitol Rotunda. cqrollcall.photoshelter.com/image/I0000vjR… (thanks @dharapak)—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) December 20, 2012
Dole and Inouye met in an Army hospital as they were both recovering from wounds sustained during the war.
Dole and Inouye met together in a military hospital after their wounds. Dole encouraged Inouye to get into politics.—
Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 20, 2012
With contentious negotiations over the impending fiscal cliff underway nearby, the solemn moment reminded many of a better time.