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Joe and Jill Biden visit WWII memorial on the 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor


President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden made an early morning visit to the World War II Memorial on Tuesday to mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and to honor Bob Dole.

Biden appeared emotional as he looked out over the granite memorial honoring the 418,500 Americans who died in the second world war.  

The first couple brought a wreath with them that contained one wild sunflower, the state flower of Kansas, according to the White House, to honor Dole, a World War II veteran who died on Sunday.

During the solomon visit, made on an overcast and chilly day in Washington, the president saluted the wreath and made the sign of the cross while the first lady touched it with her hand. 

President Joe Biden and Jill Biden visited the World War II Memorial on Tuesday morning to mark the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

President Biden salutes the wreath, which has a sunflower in it in honor of the late Bob Dole, the sunflower is the Kansas state flower

President Biden salutes the wreath, which has a sunflower in it in honor of the late Bob Dole, the sunflower is the Kansas state flower

President Joe and Jill Biden paused to look out over the memorial

President Joe and Jill Biden paused to look out over the memorial

President Biden appeared emotional during the visit

President Biden appeared emotional during the visit

Jill Biden bows before the wreath

Jill Biden bows before the wreath

Biden, a devout Catholic, also made the sign of the cross

Biden, a devout Catholic, also made the sign of the cross 

Dole was one of the driving forces behind the construction of the World War II Memorial, which sits in the shadow of the Washington Monument on the National Mall. 

The Bidens then walked hand-in-hand to the New Jersey pillar of the memorial where Jill Biden laid a bouquet in honor of her father, Donald Jacobs, who served as a US Navy Signalman in WWII.

The memorial consists of 56 pillars, representing US states and territories, and a pair of small triumphal arches for the Atlantic and Pacific theaters.

‘The President and the First Lady are visiting the World War II Memorial to mark National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and honor the American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941,’ the White House said in a statement. 

The Bidens spent about 10 minutes at the site, entering from its Pacific Tower, where they stood side by side viewing the memorial. 

Jill Biden, with President Biden, laid a bouquet of flowers at the New Jersey pillar to honor her father, Donald Jacobs, who served as a US Navy Signalman in WWII

Jill Biden, with President Biden, laid a bouquet of flowers at the New Jersey pillar to honor her father, Donald Jacobs, who served as a US Navy Signalman in WWII

The Bidens spent about 10 minutes at the memorial on an overcast and chilly day

The Bidens spent about 10 minutes at the memorial on an overcast and chilly day

Bob Dole was one of the driving forces for the memorial; he's seen above with then-Vice President Joe Biden at an April 2011 event at the memorial, where a plaque was dedicated in his honor

Bob Dole was one of the driving forces for the memorial; he’s seen above with then-Vice President Joe Biden at an April 2011 event at the memorial, where a plaque was dedicated in his honor

Dole would often visit the World War II Memorial to meet with veterans and visitors - he's seen with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers during a June 2018 visit

Dole would often visit the World War II Memorial to meet with veterans and visitors – he’s seen with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers during a June 2018 visit

Dole, the late senator, was severely injured in World War II. He was a major force in raising donations for the site to open and, on Saturday mornings, could often be found at the memorial, greeting his fellow veterans. 

Roses were laid at the Kansas pillar after his death on Sunday at the age of 98. 

The Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor and other locations in Hawaii killed 2,403 service members and civilians. It led to the US entering World War II. 

President Biden, in a White House proclamation issued last week to recognize National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, gave ‘thanks to the Greatest Generation, who guided our Nation through some of our darkest moments and laid the foundations of an international system that has transformed former adversaries into allies.’

Biden made the Tuesday morning visit hours before he was to hold a video conference call with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the buildup of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border. 

Dole was born into a working-class family in Russell, Kansas in 1923 and the future senate majority leader paused his university studies to enlist in the army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Dole would earn two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his service.

In April 1945, Nazis shot Dole in the right shoulder during a fight in the hills of Italy. Given little odds to pull through, it took years for him to recover and his right arm was permanently disabled. Dole was always seen in public holding a pen in his right hand to discourage people from shaking it.  

The decorated veteran entered politics in 1950 by winning a two-year term in the state’s legislature. He then served as Russell County’s prosecuting attorney for eight years until he made the jump to the US House of Representatives in 1961. Starting in 1969, he represented Kansas in the US Senate. During his long and influential tenure in upper chamber, Dole was a Republican party leader who reached across the aisle to broker deals and served as majority leader. 

In 1976, President Gerald Ford picked Dole as his running mate but they lost to the Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. Dole vied for the Republican presidential nomination twice – in 1980 and 1988 – before finally securing it in 1996. After resigning from the Senate to focus on his campaign, Dole lost to incumbent Bill Clinton, a Democrat. 

Dole married his first wife, Phyllis Holden, in 1948 and they have a daughter together, Robin, who was born in 1954. The couple divorced in 1972, and he met and then married Elizabeth Hanford in 1975. Elizabeth Dole has served in three Republican administrations and was also a US Senator representing North Carolina from 2003 until 2009.

On February 18, Dole announced that he had stage four lung cancer. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and his daughter, Robin.  

From 1969 until 1996, Dole served in the US Senate where he was a leader of his party, held powerful positions such as majority leader, and was a skilled negotiator to get legislation passed. He resigned from the Senate to focus on his presidential campaign. Above, Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, at a welcoming rally in San Diego during his run for the White House in 1996. The couple had come to the city for the race's last debate. Dole chose Jack Kemp, who had served nine terms in the US House of Representatives, as his running mate but they lost to the Democratic ticket of Clinton and Al Gore, then vice president

From 1969 until 1996, Dole served in the US Senate where he was a leader of his party, held powerful positions such as majority leader, and was a skilled negotiator to get legislation passed. He resigned from the Senate to focus on his presidential campaign. Above, Dole and his wife, Elizabeth, at a welcoming rally in San Diego during his run for the White House in 1996. The couple had come to the city for the race’s last debate. Dole chose Jack Kemp, who had served nine terms in the US House of Representatives, as his running mate but they lost to the Democratic ticket of Clinton and Al Gore, then vice president

Dole, above, in uniform in an undated photograph. He was a student at the University of Kansas when bombs fell on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the United States entered World War II. He enlisted the next year. Dole started active duty in the summer of 1943. He was deployed to Italy as a second lieutenant in the Army's 10th Mountain Division late the next year. In April 1945, his company was fighting to take Hill 913 - northwest of Florence - from the Nazis when they came under heavy gunfire from the Germans

Dole, above, in uniform in an undated photograph. He was a student at the University of Kansas when bombs fell on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and the United States entered World War II. He enlisted the next year. Dole started active duty in the summer of 1943. He was deployed to Italy as a second lieutenant in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division late the next year. In April 1945, his company was fighting to take Hill 913 – northwest of Florence – from the Nazis when they came under heavy gunfire from the Germans

'I could see my platoon's radioman go down... After pulling his lifeless form into the foxhole, I scrambled back out again. As I did, I felt a sharp sting in my upper right back,' Dole wrote in his 1988 autobiography. That sharp sting was a bullet that tore through his right shoulder. A fellow soldier pulled him back to the American lines. Dole was given morphine but wasn't expected to make it. Using Dole's own blood, his fellow soldier marked his forehead with an 'M' to indicate he had already been given a shot: a second dose would have been fatal. Above, Dole recovering at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1945

‘I could see my platoon’s radioman go down… After pulling his lifeless form into the foxhole, I scrambled back out again. As I did, I felt a sharp sting in my upper right back,’ Dole wrote in his 1988 autobiography. That sharp sting was a bullet that tore through his right shoulder. A fellow soldier pulled him back to the American lines. Dole was given morphine but wasn’t expected to make it. Using Dole’s own blood, his fellow soldier marked his forehead with an ‘M’ to indicate he had already been given a shot: a second dose would have been fatal. Above, Dole recovering at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1945

Robert Joseph Dole was born on July 22, 1923 in Russell, Kansas. His father, Dorian Ray, worked at a facility that stored grain, and his mother, Bina, sold sewing machines. The family of six, which included his brother Kenny and his two sisters, Gloria and Norma Jean, lived in a small house that a New York Times article pointed out was ‘quite literally the wrong side of the tracks.’ 

Religious, hardworking and poor, the family struggled like many during the Great Depression of the 1930s. ‘As a young man in a small town, my parents taught me to put my trust in God, not government, and never confuse the two,’ he said, according to Biography.com. 

At Russell High School, Dole was an athlete who was seen as handsome and popular, according to the Times profile, which was published as part of a series called Political Life in 1996. Dole was ‘noted mainly for his shyness around girls’ in the school newspaper about his class, according to the article. After graduating in 1941, Dole went to the University of Kansas with the goal of becoming a doctor. Like in high school, he was also on the college’s basketball, track and football teams.

But since 1939, the global battle to fight Nazi Germany raged and after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the United States entered the war. At the age of 19, Dole enlisted in the US Army Reserve Corps in 1942.   

While Dole was rehabilitating, he met his first wife, Phyllis Holden, an occupational therapist, in 1948. They married soon after and had one daughter together, Robin, in 1954. Dole first ran for Congress in 1960. In the conservative Congressional district he sought to represent, the primary was key. To differentiate him from the other candidates, his wife Phyllis set to work making skirts for the 'Dolls for Dole.' On the skirts were 'applique elephants holding "Dole for Congress" signs in their trunks,' according to a New York Times series in 1996. Above, Dole campaigns for Congress sometime in the 1960s

While Dole was rehabilitating, he met his first wife, Phyllis Holden, an occupational therapist, in 1948. They married soon after and had one daughter together, Robin, in 1954. Dole first ran for Congress in 1960. In the conservative Congressional district he sought to represent, the primary was key. To differentiate him from the other candidates, his wife Phyllis set to work making skirts for the ‘Dolls for Dole.’ On the skirts were ‘applique elephants holding “Dole for Congress” signs in their trunks,’ according to a New York Times series in 1996. Above, Dole campaigns for Congress sometime in the 1960s

Robert Joseph Dole was born on July 22, 1923 in Russell, Kansas. His father, Dorian Ray, worked at a facility that stored grain, and his mother, Bina, sold sewing machines. 'My father missed only one day of work in 40 years,' Dole said, according to the Horatio Alger Association. 'My mother was a source of inspiration; sacrificing her comfort for others was a lifelong habit.' Above, Dole with his parents, Doran and Bina in 1968, which is the year he won his first Senate term after serving in the US House of Representatives since 1961

Robert Joseph Dole was born on July 22, 1923 in Russell, Kansas. His father, Dorian Ray, worked at a facility that stored grain, and his mother, Bina, sold sewing machines. ‘My father missed only one day of work in 40 years,’ Dole said, according to the Horatio Alger Association. ‘My mother was a source of inspiration; sacrificing her comfort for others was a lifelong habit.’ Above, Dole with his parents, Doran and Bina in 1968, which is the year he won his first Senate term after serving in the US House of Representatives since 1961

Dole was married to his first wife until they divorced in early 1972. That year, he met Elizabeth Hanford, a lawyer who would serve in three administrations and run for office herself. The pair met at his office on Capitol Hill, according to a Today interview. 'All of a sudden, the side door opens and in comes Bob Dole. And I look up and I think, "Gee, he's a good-looking guy." And he says he wrote my name on the back of his blotter,' Elizabeth said during the show. They married in December 1975 and are seen above on their wedding day

Dole was married to his first wife until they divorced in early 1972. That year, he met Elizabeth Hanford, a lawyer who would serve in three administrations and run for office herself. The pair met at his office on Capitol Hill, according to a Today interview. ‘All of a sudden, the side door opens and in comes Bob Dole. And I look up and I think, “Gee, he’s a good-looking guy.” And he says he wrote my name on the back of his blotter,’ Elizabeth said during the show. They married in December 1975 and are seen above on their wedding day

Dole started active duty in the summer of 1943 and was then deployed to Italy as a second lieutenant in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division late the next year. 

In April 1945, his company was fighting to take Hill 913 – northwest of Florence – from the Nazis when they came under heavy gunfire, including from a sniper, and were trapped by the hail of bullets and a minefield.  

‘Dole had to get that gunman. He selected a small group of men to help him take out the sniper and find a safer passage. As he climbed a rocky field, his radioman was hit,’ according to his 1996 presidential campaign website. 

‘I could see my platoon’s radioman go down… After pulling his lifeless form into the foxhole, I scrambled back out again. As I did, I felt a sharp sting in my upper right back,’ Dole wrote in his 1988 autobiography.

That sharp sting was a bullet that tore through his shoulder. ‘I lay face down in the dirt,’ Dole said, according to the campaign website. ‘I could not see or move my arms. I thought they were missing.’ 

Sergeant Frank Carafa bravely pulled the wounded Dole back. ‘They had a perfect field of fire,’ he told the Associated Press in 1995. The Germans ‘could have killed every person that went out on that field.’

Dole was given morphine but wasn’t expected to make it. Using Dole’s blood, a fellow soldier marked his forehead with an ‘M’ to indicate he had already been given a shot: a second dose would have been fatal.  

In 1968, Dole won his first Senate term after serving in the House - the same year Richard Nixon took the White House. Nixon tapped Dole to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1971. During Nixon's second term, he resigned after the Watergate Scandal and Gerald Ford, right, became president in 1974. Ford chose Dole as his running mate and they are seen above at the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City. The Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale defeated them

In 1968, Dole won his first Senate term after serving in the House – the same year Richard Nixon took the White House. Nixon tapped Dole to be the chairman of the Republican National Committee in 1971. During Nixon’s second term, he resigned after the Watergate Scandal and Gerald Ford, right, became president in 1974. Ford chose Dole as his running mate and they are seen above at the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City. The Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale defeated them

Dole first sought the Republican presidential nomination during the 1980 election but soon bowed out. Republican Ronald Reagan won the White House for two terms. He again pursued the nomination in 1988, but George H W Bush, Reagan's vice president, won the nomination and the presidency. Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. Dole secured the nomination in 1996 and took on Clinton. Above, supporters cheer Dole at a rally in March 1996

Dole first sought the Republican presidential nomination during the 1980 election but soon bowed out. Republican Ronald Reagan won the White House for two terms. He again pursued the nomination in 1988, but George H W Bush, Reagan’s vice president, won the nomination and the presidency. Bush lost to Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. Dole secured the nomination in 1996 and took on Clinton. Above, supporters cheer Dole at a rally in March 1996

 

Above, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Dole, the Republican nominee, his wife Elizabeth and his daughter Robin after a presidential debate on October 6, 1996. Two years earlier, there was a 'Republican Revolution' in which the party made substantial gains and won control of both houses of Congress during the midterm elections in November 1994. Momentum was believed to be on the side of the Republicans but with a strong economy, Clinton, the incumbent, prevailed

Above, First Lady Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, President Bill Clinton, Dole, the Republican nominee, his wife Elizabeth and his daughter Robin after a presidential debate on October 6, 1996. Two years earlier, there was a ‘Republican Revolution’ in which the party made substantial gains and won control of both houses of Congress during the midterm elections in November 1994. Momentum was believed to be on the side of the Republicans but with a strong economy, Clinton, the incumbent, prevailed

Dole did survive but was seriously wounded and temporarily paralyzed. But the 22-year-old persevered and eventually after the paralysis subsided, he was able to relearn simple tasks using his left arm due to the damage to his right. 

His road to recovery was long but it was while he was recuperating that he met his first wife, Phyllis Holden, an occupational therapist. She saw him across the cafeteria at the Percy Jones Army Medical Center in March 1948. ‘He was handsome, with dark, penetrating eyes and shiny hair – and because his right arm was up in a sling,’ she told The Spokesman-Review in 1996 about why she noticed him.

At a party soon after, Dole asked her dance. Three months later, they were married, according to the article.

For a short period, the couple moved back to Russell and his fellow townspeople raised money – $1,800 in 1947 – for surgeries to straighten his right arm, according to the Times profile.

Dole went back to college, first at the University of Arizona before transferring to Washburn University in Topeka and switched his ambition from medicine to law. He then earned his undergraduate and law degrees. It was while he was in law school that he decided to enter politics and in 1950, he was elected to the state legislature. Four years later, his daughter, Robin, was born. 

Republican Senator Bob Dole will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday following his death at 98

The remains of long-time Republican Senator Bob Dole, who died on Sunday, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday in honor of the World War II war hero and 1996 Republican presidential nominee.

‘Senator Dole exemplified the greatest generation and while I never had the pleasure of serving in the Senate with him, his reputation and his achievements, and most of all his character preceded him,’ Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Dole, known as a pragmatic conservative willing to engage with opposition Democrats, died in his sleep at age 98 nearly a year after announcing he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer.

U.S. presidents, judges, military leaders and other officials have lain in state in the Capitol Rotunda since 1852. Such tributes in recent years have gone to former President George H.W. Bush, former Senator John McCain and most recently Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon.

Dole attended the arrangements at the Capitol for Bush, where he stood, assisted, out of his wheelchair to salute the former president. 

The late Senator Bob Dole will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday following his death Sunday at the age of 98. Pictured: On December 4, 2018, Dole stands and salutes the casket of George H.W. Bush as it lied in state at the Capitol

The late Senator Bob Dole will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Thursday following his death Sunday at the age of 98. Pictured: On December 4, 2018, Dole stands and salutes the casket of George H.W. Bush as it lied in state at the Capitol

Dole served as a U.S. senator for Kansas for 27 years and ran for president three times. Pictured: Dole and Robin during a campaign stop in March 1996 – his final unsuccessful run for the White House

Dole served as a U.S. senator for Kansas for 27 years and ran for president three times. Pictured: Dole and Robin during a campaign stop in March 1996 – his final unsuccessful run for the White House

Dole was nearly killed in 1945 by a German explosive when leading the assault near Castel D'Aiano. He underwent multiple surgeries and three years of rehabilitation but never fully regained function in his right arm

Dole was nearly killed in 1945 by a German explosive when leading the assault near Castel D’Aiano. He underwent multiple surgeries and three years of rehabilitation but never fully regained function in his right arm

While past tributes have been open to the public, only invited guests will be allowed to attend the ceremony for Dole due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pelosi and Schumer said.

Mitch McConnell, who is now in the Republican leadership role once held by Dole, said in the statement announcing he will lie in state: ‘Whatever their politics, anyone who saw Bob Dole in action had to admire his character and his profound patriotism.’ 

Hours after Dole’s death, President Joe Biden ordered all U.S. flags on public ground to fly at half-staff until sunset on December 9 to honor the political giant.   

Dole is survived by his wife Elizabeth, 85, and daughter Robin, 67.

He served in the U.S. Senate representing Kansas for 27 years, in which time he served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, leader of the Senate Republican Conference and the Senate Minority and Majority leader.

Dole served in the Army Reserves in World War II. He was deployed to Italy in 1944

Dole served in the Army Reserves in World War II. He was deployed to Italy in 1944

He ended his political career as the Republican presidential nominee in 1996, losing to incumbent President Bill Clinton.

Before that, President Gerald Ford chose Dole as his running mate in the 1976 election after Vice President Nelson Rockefeller withdrew from seeking a full term. Ford was defeated by Democrat Jimmy Carter in the general election.

Dole also sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1980, but quickly dropped out of the race he was also defeated in the 1988 Republican primaries by Vice President George H. W. Bush.

First entering politics as a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1951, Dole then served as a County Attorney there before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Born in Russell, Kansas in 1923, Dole joined thousands of young men in his time by signing up to fight in World War II as part of the Army Reserves.

He was deployed to Italy as a second lieutenant in 1944. He was nearly killed in 1945 by a German explosive when leading the assault near Castel D’Aiano and was struck just as he was helping a fallen soldier.

Dole underwent multiple surgeries back in the U.S. and three years of rehabilitation. He never fully regained function in his right arm, only able to move his fingers.

For the rest of his public life he carried a pen in that hand to make it appear more normal and deter people from shaking hands with him on that side.



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