Trump orders flags at half-staff to honor John Dingell


I will never forget his wise counsel as I learned my way around Congress...

Former President Bill Clinton once said that presidents come and go, but "John Dingell goes on forever". "You have to be very, very sure of your target, and then when you get your chance, don't miss".

On Friday, Trump ordered flags at the White House and other federal facilities lowered to half-staff in Dingell's memory.

Dingell, who died Thursday at age 92, didn't mention Trump by name in the article.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a joint statement that Dingell "represented the people of MI with honor, integrity, great good humor, and an unequaled ability to get good legislation passed".

The Dearborn Democrat had been battling prostate cancer that metastasized.

"My true love is gone", she wrote.

"As I prepare to leave this all behind, I now leave you in control of the greatest nation of mankind and pray God gives you the wisdom to understand the responsibility you hold in your hands", he said.

'You're not done with me just yet'.

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"One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts", Dingell said Thursday. "He is my love and we have been a team for almost 40 years". He was a proud World War II veteran, public servant and Michigander. He was a lion of the United States Congress and a loving son, father, husband, grandfather, and friend.

When he was 18, Dingell enlisted into the US Army, nearly three years after he watched Roosevelt deliver his famous "Day of Infamy" address to Congress.

"In our modern political age, the presidential bully pulpit seems dedicated to sowing division and denigrating, often in the most irrelevant and infantile personal terms, the political opposition", Dingell, whose wife Debbie took over his seat in 2015, said. While there were areas where we disagreed, I had no doubt that John's passion and positions were well founded.

Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in US history who fought for years for key liberal causes including healthcare expansion and civil rights - and who more recently delighted his 264,000 followers on Twitter with biting commentary and wit - died Thursday at home in Dearborn. His first date with his wife, Debbie, a former prominent Democratic activist whom he affectionately introduced as "the lovely Deborah", was a performance of the American Ballet Theater.

"He will be remembered for his decades of public service to the people of Southeast Michigan, his razor sharp wit, and a lifetime of dedication to improving the lives of all who walk this earth", the statement added.

John David Dingell Jr. was born July 8, 1926 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

He helped draft numerous nation's important environmental and energy laws, reported The Detroit News.

"I've gotten more death threats around here than I can remember", Dingell told The Associated Press in a 1995 interview.

Elected in 1955, following the sudden death of his congressman father, he had a front-row seat for the passage of landmark legislation including Medicare, the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act, all of which he supported, as well as the Clean Air Act, which he was accused of stalling to help auto interests.