President Barack Obama praised the late, former U.S. Representative Tom Foley for his decency at a memorial Tuesday in Washington D.C.
Obama said Foley, a Democrat from Spokane, had the ability to find common ground with his colleagues across the aisle.
Obama: “Thanks to Tom, more children get a head start on success in school and in life. More seniors receive better health care. More families breath easier because they know there country will be there for them in times of need. And all of them, all of us, are indebted to that towering man from Spokane.”
Foley served for 30 years as a U.S. Representative from eastern Washington and was the first speaker of the House from west of the Rockies. Foley died at his home in Washington D.C. October 18th after suffering a series of strokes. President Obama ordered flags at half-staff Tuesday in Foley’s memory. A memorial will take place in Spokane this Friday, November 1, and is expected to attract thousands.
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