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tv   President Joe Biden Eulogizes Fmr. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright  CSPAN  May 1, 2022 9:40pm-10:01pm EDT

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from behind a mask? why did they have to wait 70 hours to be treated? dr. fisher attempts to answer these and many other questions in his book about a year of healing and heartbreak in a chicago er. >> dr. thomas fisher with his book of the emergency on this episode of oak notes plus. book notes plus is available on the c-span now free mobile app or wherever you get your podcasts. >> a funeral service was held for former secretary of state madeleine albright at washington national cathedral. president biden was there to speak about her life and legacy calling her a light to those in the darkest places. ms. albright is remembered as the first woman to serve as secretary of state. she died march 23 at the age of 84. ♪
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>>. [ choir singing "ode to joy"] >>. [choir singing "ode to joy"]
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>> freedom indoors against all odds in the face of every aggressor. there are always those who will fight for that freedom. and in the 20th and 21st century, freedom had no greater champion than madeleine albright.
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and alice, katie, your mom was a force. a force for nature. her goodness and grace, her humanity and intellect, she turned the tide of history. david, daniel, jack, jake, ben and ellie, you're too young to remember this but when the iron curtain fell, the berlin wall came down, our world faced one of those inflection points. once in a generation moment of upheaval but opportunity as well. people in nations around the world were deciding the future you wanted to make for themselves. and your grandmother, your grandmother as madame ambassador was the first female secretary of state in american history made sure
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those nations and those people knew exactly where the united states of america stood. and what we stood for. you know, all through it her beloved sister kathy and her brother john can attest she never forgot where she came from or who she was. president obama, president secretary clinton, vice president al gore, members of congress, cabinet members past and present. today we honor a truly proud american who made all of us router to be americans. i also want to welcome the distinguished guest and dignitaries who travel from around the world to celebrate the daughter of the czech
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republic who knew what it meant to endure war and flee persecution. with her friend when he died i remember when madeleine eulogized him she used these words and iquote . she cast light into places of deepest darkness and reminded us constantly of our obligations to one another. these words, these words apply equallyto madeleine . when i got word that madeleine pass i was in midair on my way to europe to meet with our nato allies in brussels to help try to continue to keep the strong alliances together.
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our organization and international response to russia's beautiful brutal and unjustifiable war against ukraine . it was not lost on me that madeleine was a big part of the reason nato was still strong and galvanized as it is today. and a few days later, i traveled to poland and spoke about all that was at stake for our world and for democracy and freedom. it was under assault from forces of autocracy and oppression . many are tired of hearing me say i think we're at another inflection point in world history where there is literally a severe confrontation between autocrats and democratic nations. president clinton, it was not
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lost on me that you spoke of the same warsaw castle that i was about to speak at 25 years earlier. and in my case it was easy. the interior of the castle, that beautiful car courtyard holds about five, 600 people. mostly poles and ukrainians were present wheni spoke . and i'm sure many in the audience spoke english though likely not their first language. but when i mentioned the name of madeleine all right, there was a deafening cheer. they all stopped everything. they started to cheer. it was spontaneous. it was real. for her name is still synonymous with america as a
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force for good in the world. madeleine never minced words or wasted time when she saw something that needed fixing. someone who needed helping. she just got to work and as a member of the senate foreign relations committee from the time i was a kid, those were the good olddays . i was the chairman or ranking member for a good part of that time. and in the 90s-tests that madeleine with the significant help of the president of the united states kept the committeebusy . our work to halt genocide in the balkans, support new democracies in eastern and central europe, to develop
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colombia and all those undertakings. madeleine was an incomparable ally and advisor beyond the president to me and to others in the committee. she always had a knack for explaining to the american people why it mattered to them that people everywhere in the world were struggling to breathe free. and madeleine didn't stop. when she left government. for decades she was on nexus for the foreign policy committee. always and i mean always on top of the latest developments. always speaking out for democracy and always the first to sound the alarm about fascism.
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presidents and leaders around the world continued to solicit her advice including me. when i asked her last year to chair the defense policyboard , she built businesses. she pumped out new york times bestsellers. were both highly prescient and deeply salient and constantly bestsellers. i think i've read them all. you know, she meant toward generations of rising foreign policy experts. to quote foreign policy establishment . you know, the thing that i noted that was deliberate and remarkable about her not unlike secretary clinton was that she made sure the young women knew they belonged at every single table having to
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do with national security without exception. today, across our government and around the world madeleine's protcgcs are legion. many are here today, each carrying with them a spark lit by her passion and brilliance. i think part of the reason why madeleine was such a successful diplomat was that she understood something i've always believed and my boss president obama when i was vice president used the kidney because i'm ruby so often. because i believe she understood something i've always believed, that all politics especially national politics is personal and ultimately is personal.
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she could go to to toe with the toughest dictators, then turn around and literally teach a fellow ambassador how to do the macarena on the floor of the un security council. you all think i'm kidding. i'm not getting. she thought it was too difficult to teach me how to dance the . she was right. no matter where she was she understood people. she cared about people. and all of that was grounded in an education game by watching her father joseph cornwall and her mentors as well. she learned diplomacy at the dinner table and throughout her life nothing mattered to madeleine more than the family. nothing. madeleine had the same rules i do and others you do.
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no matter what's happening in my day as president obama can tell you or who i'm meeting with one of my children calls , i take the call. she was the same way. and, alice, katie, your grandchildren. each of you is literally attribute to her enormous capacity to love. i know it's hard but i promise you she's always with you in your mind, in your heart and part of your soul. and i promise you, you're going to have a tough decision when you ask yourself whatwould you want me to do ? remember i said it. it's going to happen. and kathy and john, the connection the three of you maintain through your lives was always an anchor for
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madeleine. through all the ups and downs . what's the gift. what a gift. what a family. you know, from that first trans-atlantic crossing on the ss america to landing on that big blue and white playing and emblazoned with the words united states of america, madeleine understood her story was america's story . her story was america's story . she'd love to speak about america as the indispensable nation to her, the phrase was never a statement of arrogance. it was about gratitude. for all this country made it possible for her was a testament to her belief and the endless possibilities
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that only america could help unlock around the world and her true understanding of what america and its power could achieve when it's united with and motivated by enduring american values. that's why there was nothing she loved more than swearing in new citizens to this great nation of ours. she would like, reminding them that she once stood where they stood. having gained the blessings of liberty she wanted nothing more than to share them around the globe. to madeleine from my perspective, there was no higher mission. no greater honor than to
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serve this great experiment in freedom known as the united states of america. may her memory continue to be a blessing to our mission. and may we remember her words and deeds. may she always be a light to all those in the darkest places. a reminder of our obligation to one another. may god bless madeleine all right.
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