Bob Dole Planned a Mischievous Surprise for Dems at His Memorial, Cameras Were Rolling When They Caught On


Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, known for his dry wit, got in one last laugh during his own funeral at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. Dec. 10.

Daughter Robin Dole read a quip from her father’s farewell letter to America about vote integrity.

“As I make the final walk on my life’s journey, I do so without fear. Because I know that I will, again, not be walking alone. I know that God will be walking with me,” wrote the 1996 Republican presidential nominee, who died Dec. 5 at age 98.

“I also confess that I’m a bit curious to learn if I am correct in thinking that heaven will look a lot like Kansas and to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago.”

The response among the D.C. establishment included some noticeable nervous laughter.

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Conservative commentator Benny Johnson tweeted in response, “Bob Dole’s Farewell Letter is absolutely SAVAGE.”

It was certainly a timely comment about election integrity with the topic front and center following the 2020 election.

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Bob Dole had endorsed both of former President Donald Trump’s White House bids and attended the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland.

Many prominent Republicans did not, including former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and 2012 nominee Mitt Romney.

Robin Dole noted in her remarks that her father was a generous soul.

“My dad is the most generous person I have ever known. He was a giver, not a taker. He cared more about others than he did about himself,” she said.

“He told me he set a personal goal to help at least one person every day of his life. Then he said, ‘I’m not sure I’ve been able to meet my goal,'” Dole added.

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She assured her father that he certainly had surpassed the goal.

“I said, ‘Dad, you’ve got to be kidding. Some days you help one person and other days you help 40,000 people. I think you’ve met and exceeded your goal,'” Dole said.

“Well, you may be right,” came the response, no doubt with that mischievous Bob Dole smile.

Many noted that one of the World War II veteran’s greatest accomplishments was the establishment of a memorial for the conflict on the National Mall.

Actor Tom Hanks said during a ceremony at the location that Dole had “willed this memorial into place.”

“He pushed the idea. He corralled the votes. He made the phone calls. He enlisted allies, all of us in the cause. And he raised the money,” Hanks said of the late senator who led the national fundraising effort.

“He did all but mix the concrete himself, which he may have done had he had the use of that right arm,” the actor said.

No doubt, when Dole entered the pearly gates earlier this week, he heard those cherished words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

And soon thereafter, he began creating smiles among the hosts in heaven.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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