Uncle Bob
Thursday May 05th 2016, 11:07 pm
Filed under: Family,Life,Politics

Some of the best notes of the day:

Here–wait, nope, what lives on Facebook wants to stay on Facebook. Scott Howell recounting a conversation to the Utah Debate Commission. Let me summarize.

When Uncle Bob got primaried by the Tea Party, he went home that night feeling very low. Went into his study (and I can just picture him in that big brown leather chair there) and tried to fathom what had just happened.

The phone rang.

He wasn’t going to answer it. And yet, something about it… He picked up the phone rather in spite of himself.

“This is Barack…” Our President told him how sorry he was to hear about the election and said he wanted to thank him for his service to his state and his country, for his willingness to reach across the aisle to listen and to work with his colleagues. He left my uncle feeling that he had been the right person in the right place at the right time when it had mattered.

That phone call made such a difference to Uncle Bob.

And then there was this release.

One more thing: my cousin Jim added that when President Obama found out that Uncle Bob’s cancer had metastasized, he sent him a handwritten note. Personal, comforting, just a lovely thing to do, because he wanted to reach out to his old friend. Again.

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This is it–what I expected politicians to do–in the old days. Be professionals. Work across political divides to build connections and collaborations. It was certainly the way it felt when I grew up right outside of DC–people who disagreed vehemently on certain issues could still be cordial and kind on the kids’ soccer field…
I am so sorry for your loss. I’m also really sorry to see the loss of this sort of intelligent and thoughtful civility in politics.

Comment by Joanne 05.06.16 @ 8:53 am

You’ve expressed so much respect and affection for your uncle over the years. I’m sorry for your family’s personal loss. And your uncle earned a lot of national respect — a public figure to be truly proud of.

Comment by LynnM 05.06.16 @ 11:57 am

Flags at half mast today.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 05.06.16 @ 2:55 pm

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