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I just saw the latest update on the Senator’s recovery. All of our prayers continue to sustain him and his family.
I was able to watch the C-SPAN special yesterday, when it was being re-run. Jules Witcover and Scott Farris noted what I have believed ever since 2008–that the coalition that elected President Obama is in fact the direct progeny of the coalition envisioned by the McGovern campaign of 1972.
Senator McGovern’s passion for peace and justice have been, and continue to be, a pivotal force in the history of our land. May he recover fully and soon, and continue to bless the world with his life and purpose.
Pastor Kevin Paulson
I still remember the McGovern library dedication ceremony quite clearly. One of the highlights for me was the flyover by the B-1 bomber from Ellsworth that they had named “Dakota Queen” in honor of the original “Dakota Queen”, a B-24 bomber that George piloted in World War II.
For those from Mitchell who would like to see one example of how people around the country still feel about George McGovern, check out the comments on the Huffington Post article about George’s injury: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/03/george-mcgovern-hospitalized_n_1126802.html#comments
George is considered the last true progressive to win a major party nomination.
Saw your dad on C-SPAN last night. They showed a photo from the McGovern Library dedication, and there was your dad with Clinton, Daschle, McGovern, Herseth-Sandlin, Rounds, Thune and all the rest. Pretty cool.
I, along with millions of others around the world, would like to wish George McGovern a full and speedy recovery. He is a true American hero for his distinguished military service and his tireless political and philanthropic work. Get well soon George!
I’ll get the conversation started with the first of what I hope will be many comments.
I’m embarrassed to say that when I was first assigned to interview George McGovern in 2003, I had to Google him.
I was only days into my job as a reporter at The Daily Republic in McGovern’s hometown of Mitchell. McGovern’s alma mater, Dakota Wesleyan University, was raising money to build a library in his honor. My editor wanted to know if McGovern thought his public criticism of then-President George W. Bush and the Iraq war would hurt the fundraising efforts.
I grew up in South Dakota, only 45 miles from Mitchell, but I was born seven years after McGovern made his 1972 presidential run. I knew little more than the name, McGovern, which always struck me as appropriate for a man with presidential ambitions.
And so I found myself boning up on the life and times of George S. McGovern just minutes before dialing him at his Montana home. I quickly browsed all the high points — war hero, congressman, senator, presidential nominee — and wondered why my South Dakota education hadn’t taught me more about this very accomplished South Dakotan. Politics in this Republican-leaning state may have had something to do with that.
During the interview that followed — the first of dozens I was privileged to conduct with McGovern in ensuing years — he displayed one of his hallmark traits: a knack for preaching the truth about a controversial issue before his country was ready to hear it.
Here is what McGovern said about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction during that 2003 interview, which was conducted barely one month into the Iraq war: “They’re not finding any weapons of mass destruction, and even if they found them, what’s the evidence that Iraqis would turn loose those weapons on the most powerful strategic country in the world? The fact that they never used them on our soldiers is a pretty clear indication that they don’t have any.”
The Daily Republic
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