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December 17, 2012

Statement by Vice President Biden on the Passing of Senator Daniel Inouye

As my mother would say, the greatest virtue of all is courage, and Danny was courage personified. From the battlefields of World War II where he received the Medal of Honor, to the floor of the United States Senate where he displayed incredible moral bravery, he was always the same – courageous and resolute.  He was one of the most honorable men I ever met in my life, and one of the best friends you could hope for. He was honest, and fiercely loyal, and I trusted him absolutely.

Everyone in the Senate not only admired Danny Inouye, but they trusted him. We all knew he would do the moral thing regardless of the consequences – whether it was passing judgment on a President during Watergate or on another President in the Iran Contra hearings.  And Danny always remembered where he came from – and how hard his family had to struggle. From having to fight for the right to fight for his country in the all Japanese-American 442nd, to his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1968, he always spoke of the country’s struggles with racism and bias, and his call for a “new era of politics.” And to his dying day, he fought for a new era of politics where all men and women are treated with equality.

Above all, Danny was my friend, and Jill and I are praying for his entire family today.


Originally posted to Transcripts and Documents on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:22 PM PST.

Also republished by APA Kos : Asian/Pacific Americans at DailyKos.

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  •  inouye addressing north (2+ / 0-)
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    stagemom, Lujane

    i remembered this and sought it out. inouye addressing oliver north at the end of his testimony. when inouye talks about a subordinate must follow legal orders, and this principle was applied at nuremberg, norths lawyer, brendan sullivan, "i am not a potted plant", objects, i am not going to sit here and listen to this. inouye calmly and forcefully tells him, you will have to sit there if you want to listen to it.

    10 minutes, but you get a flavor for the man, inouye.

    war is immoral. both parties are now fully complicit in the wars. bring everyone home. get to work.

    by just want to comment on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 07:25:03 PM PST

  •  Rachel did it again! mangled his name, sigh. (1+ / 0-)
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    "IN-a-yay" or some such. it's "IN-a-way"! and I knew that before I spent a year in Hawaii at grad school!

    I've always been a huge fan of Sen Inouye, and the whole 442nd, and I guess I have a good ear for languages. I have a hard time understanding how this happens again and again and again. isn't there some step in the show prep where staff check on pronunciation, esp of names from not-English sources?

    she does seem to have difficulties with numerous other words, too; so very surprising in someone so intelligent.  almost like the problem some young but very well-read children have with "big words" they've seen, read, possibly looked up in dictionary BUT never heard pronounced????

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:13:27 PM PST

    •  east coast bias. haha. (0+ / 0-)

      it really bugged me, too!
      maybe she thought she was being correct?
      my first exposure to him was during watergate hearings.

      "A dollah makes me hollah"-- Stephen Colbert, pretending to be S. Palin

      by stagemom on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 08:40:33 PM PST

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      •  gosh, can't remember, he's been "there", in the (0+ / 0-)

        corner of my mind, forever! I've always been interested in WWII; you can't pay much attention before the internments and the 442 come up!

        RACHEL WAS RAISED IN CALIFORNIA!!! Castro Valley, wiki sez'. also sez the demographics from the 2010 census say slightly over 20% Asian! maybe not so much when she was little???

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 12:22:32 AM PST

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      •  oy! she was doing it again, wrong in a new way, (0+ / 0-)

        last night (Tues)... until about half-way through and suddenly, without any notice or mention, out comes the correct pronunciation! about 3 times in a row! hallelujah.

        "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

        by chimene on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 06:10:41 PM PST

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