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tv   Vice President Joe Biden Delivers Remarks at Funeral for John Glenn  CSPAN  December 18, 2016 5:50am-6:51am EST

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say, what is it like to have a hero for a father and for the first time -- and from the first hat, i thoughted t about it and said, he is just my dad. you have beenyou have been my td and assist -- my nemesis. partners and my source. you taught me how to tie a necktie and slide a car on ice. you recommended i memorize my social security number and i learned that westerns are the
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highest form of entertainment. mother married, you told her, i can't promise you much, but i can promise life -- won't be in ouralways repeated family, what have you done for your country today. that ourteaching me country is more important than any individual and we are stronger if we both do our part. , as an eight year old, i wanted a little more that a girl and a little less god bless america. [laughter] >> in your heart your main ace
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-- you remained a small town boy. of a small-town plumber, you cap one of the grandpas your deskwrenches on to remind you where you came from. aturally shy, you often wore ball cap so you wouldn't be recognized, but your stability manners camety and out when people would recognize
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you. refusece did i see you to sign an autograph. you were running for a vote on the senate floor and you asked the person to wait. they did and you signed the autograph on the way back to the office. another gesture you made was to pick up the buckeyes. in the the buckeyes waiting room of your office so visitors can take a little piece of ohio home with them. you never allowed anyone to use your pitcher to make money because you said it wouldn't be right for a government employee to make money from government service. you al mills did offer million dollars to be on a wiki
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box.ox -- wheaties amounts an unimaginable of money for our family living on a marine pilots pay. you turned the offer down. you remained true to your small-town nature and your heart remained true to the values. this is to your very burial, dad. you chose a marine issued casket and you asked that marines carry you to your grave antiwar marine wore marine you green to be buried in.
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i like that after taps is revelry" towant " be played because you said you will be waking up in a new dimension and he want to do it with a grin. you taught me more than how to tie a knot and to memorize my social security number, during the life you shared with mother, you were supportive of her. hen mother gave her very first speech, you did not go with her. you listened on a phone and tried -- cried. you knew she had to stand alone and not in your shadow.
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you were an elder in the presbyterian church, but i understood more about practice watching how to -- watching how you lived your life. you were true to your word with a handshake. you gave it to the salvation army and lived with humility and gratitude. asked for your insight and guidance when i thought i had a good idea for an. -- for an investment. after we had talked, he said, how much is enough. in today's world your words quaint, but they should be a standard of how much is enough. more naturally educated
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by your curiosity than any degree could the step. tow.ny degree could bes i learned that age is not just a number. meaningfull.ll and you so grateful that see that- lived to your legacy will endure. you flewyou are -- you wereh barron until 90.
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you renewed your pilots license , but macular degeneration caught up with you and took away your ability to see the sunset. andas heartbreaking for you heartbreaking for me. here we are at a funeral. people from around the world and all walks of life remember and honor you, dad. lifeived many lives in one with honesty, grace, and believe in our country. and the honor of public service. i am proud and so grateful to say you are just my dad. thank you, dad. i love you.
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godspeed, dad. [applause] ♪ have been together ever since we were in junior high school. our parents used to kid us that we were in place tens together. together.ns ♪ there were things that i thought were important for the country and things she thought were important for the country too.
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we have been in this as a team together. ♪ >> by any measure, accomplishment, service, encourage, john glenn was a great man. when i think of the john glenn, i think of a great man. my first taste of john glenn the 1968 in was on march 4,
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the madison theater in ohio. atonel glenn was the speaker a scout dinner. hero, shooknational hands with each one of us. john glenn, the most famous man of his generation, took pictures with us one at a time. he always made time for you no matter your station in life. 39 years later, former senator john glenn walked me down the aisle of the united date senate to be sworn in. and of course, like the eagle scouts of four days earlier, -- four decades earlier, every senator why to meet their american hero. and he was kind to the senators too. i have been honored to see john glenn up close.
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every presidential year, ohio's most prominent democrat would board a bus and go with the presidential nominee campaign around ohio. withched him reconnect senator kerry in 2004 and with senator biden in 2008. time him for the first meet the young senator from illinois and the immediate connection that the american icon and the future president made. on one stop, a decade after his retirement in the senate, john glenn got off the bus, jumped over a ditch and shook the outstretched hand of an appreciative farmer. he was there in nonpresidential o.ars for ohio democrats to a winnebago to
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campaign in ohio. as we traveled over the hills of his beloved southeast ohio, the rest of us began to get car sick. but of course not the 85-year-old astronaut, who simply smiled at us. statement --er statesman get off the bus and transfer some of his magic to us. who caredfdr democrat cared aboute and people with more enthusiasm than most in this room have. he never forgot the terror he felt in his 11-year-old heart when he heard his parents
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--king about his parents hurt his parents talking about their home being foreclosed on. later wrote about how government can change people's lives for the better because of the new deal. john believed in an activist government and an active citizenship. he warned that cynicism and apathy were a threat to democracy itself. john's friend robert kennedy said that politics was a calling almost like the ministry. liked those john words. the happiest and most fulfilled people i have known are those who devoted themselves to something bigger and more profound than their own self interest.
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that drove john to activism in public service and drove him to create the glen college to inspire the next generation of engaged citizens. told earlier this week that the john glenn took such a joy in helping others and took such pride in his staff that even when you left, you were still family. ioan glenn was the only oh elected four times to the u.s. senate. anded nuclear proliferation cleanup of nuclear disposal sites. he spent his time achieving lasting results that would leave the world better than he had found it. he helped create the independent watchdog we know as the
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inspectors general. he had the foresight to found the great lakes task force, which continues to play such an important role to protect the health of our great lake. the night before the anniversary colonelel glennslaunch launch, we had dinner. the valet pulled up in front of the restaurant with his cadillac. the 91-year-old astronaut jumped in the drivers seat and to the kids piled in the back. something suggested never change. things just never change. in love. so
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she said, we wanted to get married in high school, but our parents wouldn't let us because they said it would never last. john had a way of making everyone around him feel important, from the teenage eagle scouts to the farmers in the field. by matthew 25,fe where jesus admonished his followers. john glenn, a great man. john glenn, such a good man.
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>> he is still handy that way, annie. >> four years ago, john and annie entered the hotel suite we had reserved for election night and was immediately covered with admirers --mires admirers. ofad been on the trail random encounters with the john and annie. every encounter had a happy ending. in 2012, our grandson was with us. he had spent most of the day rehearsing a question he wanted to ask to john. john leaned in so he could talk face-to-face with our
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little boy. what is your question, john said. he said, how do astronauts go to the bathroom in space? john smiled, well now, that is an interesting question. nodded and everyone in earshot gathered around for astronaut john glenn to talk about urination in space. after talking, he started making the rounds. i hugged john and thank him for treating our son with such respect. he said, why wouldn't i. ass have sincere questions they need sincere answers. old and height years
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recently visited us and he said, i'm sorry you lost your friend, grandma. he was my friend too. n week ago we heard from lyn that our beloved friend was a dying. thank you for asking us for text messages that you could read to your father. in my message, i reminded john of that conversation he had with our grandson and i had lost count of the number of times i had shared that story as an illustration of what we gained when we engaged with civility. if american icon john glenn could take the time to treat a child with such respect, then surely we could find ways to talk to one another. one of my most enduring memories
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of john involves his sense of the and timing -- his sense of empathy and timing. his opponent in the 2012 him a liar, he touched my shoulder to keep me in my seat. but notered, me too, now. john was a man who kept up with the times. he encouraged me to keep writing and sharing my opinion. listen to me, he said in a stern voice, you are who you are and that is why we love you. annieueezed my hand --
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squeezed my hand and said, never stopped speaking your mind. i will never forget how he turned and looked at annie. he said, listen to my annie, i always do. he listened to his wife. he loved his annie and he never stopped letting anyone know. stopped to visit martin sheen and they were excited to see each other. john glenn had recently won the presidential medal of freedom. when it was time to leave for a fundraising event, john held out his elbow for annie. any had different ideas. martin said to annie, can i escort you?
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annie smiled at john and said, we will see you when you get there. john turned to me in mock horror and said, digital see that, she just jumped -- she just dumped me. he walked to the end of the hallway, fuming like a boyfriend. the last time we spent time with the john and annie was in their apartment in columbus. as soon as i sat down, john pointed to me and turned to any and said, she is sitting where hillary set. -- hillary sat. we talked about the presidential race and the future of our country. we also swapped tories with our children and grandchildren -- we also swapped stories about children and grandchildren. as we made to leave, he shared
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with us in his voice that his time was running out. he said, eventually you need a new chassis. ride toquiet on that quiet ontor -- we were that ride in the elevator to the lobby. waslast time, john glenn leaving the way. -- leading the way. annie, i'm here as your friend and as a fellow political wife. how we have laughed over the years as that definition of who we are. we married the men we love. annie.ew,
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once, over dinner, in a room packed with his admirers, i mentioned to john how inspiring your marriage is to me. he leaned in and with the softest i've said, oh, honey, i am who i am because of annie. we love you, annie. >> a little over 75 years ago, annie caster was set to give her senior organ recital at mesquite
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college. on the way there, 20-year-old john glenn was listening to his car radio and learned of the bombing of pearl harbor. after the concert, the two of them set together and talk to. he told her about the attack and his plans to enlist. december 7, 1941, the pieces of their life came together and they mapped out there future -- mapped outthere -- their future. important piece of the music for her and her husband. the choir will now seeing a -- will now seeing -- will now sing a song based on this tune,
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singlandia. [piano playing] [choir singing]
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>> someone goes up to jesus and asked him what is the most important thing?
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what matters the most? and jesus answers, love of god with everything and love your neighbor in the same way. throughout his life, john glenn never lost right of what mattered the most. -- he loved and served god and his neighbors. he saw the whole human family as his neighbor. that perspective, that way of seeing the world is very biblical. if you listen to the deep rhythms of the bible, you cannot concern's overriding for the public good. mercifulng a just and
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society. of protecting the welfare of those most vulnerable. god has a special fondness of those willing to promote the good. people willing to do the hard, messy work of making our communities work better. of creating just laws in society. workis complicated, hard and i am not sure there is a higher or harder calling. throughout his adult life, gifts tolenn used his work towards that, good as a pilot, after not, and editor -- good as a pilot, astronaut and us.tor for
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far and a traveled so sword so high, he never left the rest of us behind. so high, he never left the rest of us behind. theird his wife about with and she said it is us. john glenn at a young age and it took root. that connection shaped the trajectory of his life.
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giving him of the courage to dare greatly and the wisdom to live humbly. he knew, in life and in death, that he belonged to god. senator glenn did something that is rarely done. i'm not talking about any of the accomplishment that have been mentioned today. that fully and completely reflected his deepest values. his priorities were in his bloodstream. his values embedded in the synapses of his brain. corinthiansthe passage of the family chose today is so appropriate. his life in bodies of those words.
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whatever it true, honorable, and just. whatever is pleasing and commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. keep on doing the things that you have learned and heard and .een in john glenn and the god of peace will be with you. , theradition i represent tradition in which john glenn was baptized and so shaped his life, makes it the claim that today, at this very moment, he is all right. found.ot lost, but he is at this very moment, he is whole , complete, well.
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he is now cradled in the arms of love. him tight and god will never let him go. today we give thanks to god for the life and witness of john glenn. let us pray. god, our strength and our redeemer. giver of life and copper -- conq we give thanks for john glenn. we give thanks for all the way he shared his life with the world and stole our heart. we celebrate his sense of wonder and how he met challenges with quiet joy.
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we give thanks for his deep commitment to his family and we remember his faithfulness to you. god of boundless compassion, be with all who are mourning. life,y for his cherished for his beloved children and family. be with all who are missing him this a day. nothing,ow that including death, can separate us from your love. give us such faith that by day and night, in all times and in all places, we may, without fear, trust those who are deal -- trust of those who are dear to us to your never failing love in this life and the life to come. amen. our prayer continues as he choir asgs the lord's prayer --
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the choir sings the lord's prayer. prayer.ings lord's -- [choir sings lord's prayer]
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>> high flight. i have slipped the surly bonds of earth and have danced the skies on last her to -- dance the skies on silvered wings. i have the done a hundred things you have not dreamed of. swung high in the sunlit silence. i flung my eager craft through
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halls of air. of easy the halls of -- where never lark lark or eagle flew. touched theand and face of god. let us pray. into your hands, merciful savior, we commend to your hands your servant john. receive him into the arms of
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your mercy into the blessed rest of everlasting peace and the glorious company of the light. -- may the lord bruss the lord bless you and keep you, maybe lord be gracious to you and to look upon you with favor peace.nt you amen. as we renderse military honors and remain in place until the program is complete.
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♪ with every step i take vow ♪this be my solemn ♪ to take each moment each moment ♪ ♪ with peace eternally peace on earth ♪ let it begin with me ♪ ♪ let there be peace on earth let it begin with me ♪ let it begin with me ♪
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falling >> former new york congressman benjamin gilman has died. he was a decorated world war ii veteran serving in the army air corps. first elected to the house in 1973, he chaired the international relations committee in the 1990s. over his 30-year career representing multiple congressional districts in new york, he served under seven presidents. here's a look at his final remarks on the house floor in 2002. rep. gilman: as the house finishes its work for this year and the 107th congress draws to a close, it's with deep regret that due to my involuntary
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retirement as a result of redistricting, i will not be returning to washington in january for the opening of the next congress. i came to washington 30 years ago and had the honor an privilege to represent our hudson valley region of new york. it afforded me an opportunity to witness and participate in a great number of significant events in our history. from watergate and the vietnamese war to the fall of the berlin wall. the end of the cold war in the 1980's and 90's, two presidential impeachments, the gulf war, and most recently, the world trade center attacks and our war on terrorism. i'm particularly proud to have been part of reorganizing our state department, helping to free some political prisoners in mozambique in cuba, the soviet union, and other nations, fighting the war against drugs, accounting for our mias and
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pows, working to limit world hunger, extraditing criminals in foreign lands, and establishing an international scholarships program. in looking back it's been especially gratifying to see how much along with many of my colleagues and staffs, how much we've accomplished in promoting peace in northern ireland and in afghanistan and india and pakistan, sri lanka and the middle east and knowing that after i leave here that my colleagues' good work with continue in those directions. knowing that our work is not done, i look ahead with optimism for opportunities which may arise for me to be able to contribute to make a difference. i thank my staff, many of whom have been with me for more than a decade, for that you are dedication and their hard works. they have been invaluable to us through our years of service and i wish them all success and i hope my colleagues will look out
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for them when they are seeking new positions. it's hoped that somehow we've motivated our young people that an average on person from any small town with enough determination and perseverance can become a leader, a congressman, have an opportunity to make a difference in our world and i've always held the position of congressman in the highest regard and try to serve our constituents and our neighbors with the dignity that's befitting this office. when i announced my candidacy for the house of representatives back in 1972, it was beyond my wildest imagination that i would still be here after those many years working on behalf of our constituents. i thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for your warm friendship and your brotherhood. it's been a privilege to serve alongside all of you.
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and it is with heavy hearts that georgia and i have to say goodbye to this great body at the end of this session. god bless you all and i thank you for your kind words. i yield back the balance of my time. [applause] c-span's washington journal, live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up this morning, news on whatliance president the media industry could look like under the donald trump administration. how thetalked about media can help stop the spread of fake news. an author discusses his book, a memoir of a family and culture in crisis. struggles ofthe
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upper town. and washington correspondent eric lipton takes a closer look at russia's cyber hacking efforts during the presidential campaign. these bands, washington journal, beginning live at 7:00 a.m. this morning. join the discussion. maryland representative elect jamie raskin spoke with c-span for a house freshmen profile interview. he was elected to serve maryland's eighth congressional district. he has also served in the maryland state. , representingn maryland's eighth district. a democrat. why did you decide to run? rep.-elect raskin: i have been a state senator in maryland for a decade. we have tried to restore voting
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,ights to former prisoners assault weapons to reduce the bloodshed on our streets. anytruth is we cannot solve of those problems at the state level. we need to be fighting in congress. the level of function in congress not to appoint where i said -- i have to go and see if i can help dislodge the paralysis and impasse that has overtaken congress. i had some success in maryland working in a bipartisan way for real progress in our state. and the general assembly had passed more than 100 of the more that i introduced and than 90% of them had republican support. we need a universal background check for gun buyers. that is something supported by the overwhelming majority of gun owners in the country. it is not a second amendment problem. i am happy to talk about the second amendment with colleagues
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on the other side of the aisle. we can advance common sense middle way gun safety legislation without impairing anyone's second amendment rights to possess a gun for self-defense purposes or for hunting and recreation. issues one example of an where i hope to play a role in pushing thinks forward and getting beyond the stalemate that has seized congress for so long. >> why do you think, with that background of state politics, how is that going to make this job easier? what experience will help you with serving in the house of representatives? rep.-elect raskin: i have only been in my freshman training for a couple of weeks now but i am starting to think that the real divide is not between democrats and republicans that between people who run with a lot of money, never having served in office before. and those who hse


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