The country said goodbye to Former Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas yesterday but even in his send-off, the senator did it in style.
Dole who was known for his dry wit, got in one last laugh during his own funeral at the Washington National Cathedral in D.C. on Friday. Dole’s daughter Robin read a quip from her father’s farewell letter to America about voter integrity and let’s just say it was a legend move.
“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 Sunday 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.
Conservative commentator Benny Johnson tweeted in response, “Bob Dole’s Farewell Letter is absolutely SAVAGE.”
Bob Dole’s Farewell Letter is absolutely SAVAGE:
“I'm a bit curious…to see, like others who have gone before me, if I will still be able to vote in Chicago.”pic.twitter.com/ZQGRGztARG
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 10, 2021
From Bob Dole's farewell letter: "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."
Absolute legend ? pic.twitter.com/U1IvAABZ9v
— Abigail Marone ?? (@abigailmarone) December 10, 2021
Robin Dole also spoke about how her father had 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.
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.
Even Tom Hanks was at the service to commemorate Dole for his service to the country.
Hanks stated that one of the World War II veteran’s greatest accomplishments was the establishment of a memorial for the conflict on the National Mall.
The actor said during a Friday 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.”
Rest in peace, Bob Dole.