D. C. Remembers Peoria's Bob Michel
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined Bob Dole, James Baker, Dick Cheney, Speaker Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi and a slew of former and present Washington all-stars to pay tribute to Bob Michel at a Memorial Service on Capitol Hill. They said he embodied the highest ideals of democracy.
Bob Michel was pictured as a down home Peorian who ironed his own shirts, whistled while he worked and set a tone that made Washington work. Senator Dick Durbin was mentored by Michel.
"He showed us that consensus is not weakness, and principled, intelligent compromise is not capitulation. It's how a democracy works," said Durbin.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was also among those whom Michel mentored.
"Our leader was never known to make a disagreement personal, or let opposition give way to hostility that show the signs of injured vanity. And, forget holding a grudge. Bob wouldn't know how to acquire a grudge in the first place," said Cheney.
Nancy Pelosi honored Michel for as she put it, "teaching us all about civility."
“WGLT depends on financial support from users to bring you stories and interviews like this one. As someone who values experienced, knowledgeable, and award-winning journalists covering meaningful stories in central Illinois, please consider making a contribution.”