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Dec 08
2016
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Hillary and I mourn the passing and give thanks for the remarkable life of our friend, John Glenn, a uniquely American hero and one of the finest men we have ever known.

He excelled in every one of his roles—decorated Marine, pioneer astronaut, accomplished and admired senator, loving husband and father. He was brave, bright, determined, and profoundly humble. I was honored to approve sending John back into space in 1998, making him, at age 77, the oldest person to ever make the journey. I will never forget seeing him off at Cape Canaveral, and emailing him during the mission.

He and Annie were faithful participants in the Clinton Global Initiative for as long as they were able. He was always eager to learn and embrace new ideas to improve lives. I was fascinated to see how young people were drawn to him, to his quiet dignity, open mind, and open heart. How lucky we were to have him so long.

Our hearts go out to his beloved Annie, John, and Carolyn, and the people of Ohio he served so well.




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In her remarks today, Hillary remembered the late Senator John Glenn who passed away today.  The occasion was a tribute to Harry Reid who is retiring after 30 years representing Nevada. Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer, who succeeds Reid as Leader, shared the podium in reminiscing on Reid’s long career. Both Hillary and Schumer quoted words from Paul Simon’s “The Boxer.”  Reid was a a boxer at one time.  The event was held at the Russell Senate Office Building.

Read’s remarks were typically acerbic. There were moments when he seemed emotional. Harry stuck around so that every single person in the room who wanted a picture with him got one. You could tell he was very touched.

Here is a full video of the proceedings.

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The portrait was unveiled and it is truly extraordinary!

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