Tributes to Jack Kemp from both sides, starting with President Obama
JACK FRENCH KEMP, 1935-2009
(UPDATE: An update on the memorial service has been added below.)
Former Southern Californian, Representative, Cabinet secretary, presidential and vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp died Saturday night of cancer at age 73. We published a detailed political news item at that time here.
His family issued this statement:
During the treatment of his cancer, Jack expressed his gratitude for the thoughts and prayers of so many friends, a gratitude which the Kemp family shares.
Today, others began issuing tributes to the son of a Southern California motorcycle messenger who turned a bike into a substantial trucking company. Here are some of the tributes. We'll add more as they become available.
We start with President Obama, who like Kemp attended Occidental College:
that bitter divisiveness between race and class and station only stood in...
... the way of the 'common aim of a team to win.' Michelle and I extend our prayers and deepest condolences to the entire Kemp family.
Michael Steele, chairman of the Republican National Committee:
For over three decades Jack Kemp was a standard-bearer for economic conservatism and lower taxes within the Republican Party. From his 18 years spent representing upstate New York in the United States House of Representatives, to his four years as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President George H. W. Bush, to his work with Empower America, to his selection as the 1996 Republican vice-presidential nominee, Mr. Kemp was a tireless proponent of America’s entrepreneurial and political spirit.
On a personal note, Jack was a dear friend and mentor. He would often remind me what it meant to be a ‘Lincoln Republican.’ Through his words and deeds, he inspired a new generation of Republican activists.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Joanne and their children, Jeffrey, Jennifer, Judith and Jimmy and the entire Kemp family as we thank them for sharing the life of Jack Kemp, with the American people.
Like millions of Americans I was saddened to learn of Jack Kemp’s illness, and I am saddened by news of his passing. Jack Kemp inspired a generation of conservatives with his unyielding commitment to freedom and free-market policies. He articulated a vision of America that placed opportunity and freedom for all ahead of government and bureaucracy.
Jack Kemp was a thinker, a doer, and an American patriot who lived an extraordinary life. He was a champion football player, a Member of Congress, a Cabinet secretary, and a vice-presidential nominee. I send condolences to Jack’s wife Joanne and their children and grandchildren.
The most recent former President George W. Bush:
Secretary Kemp will always have a special place in the OCGOP community.
He was a frequent visitor to his beloved Southern California. He spoke to RWF units, College Republicans and worked phone banks with grassrooters. He lectured at local universities and often met with activists to give a helping hand.
In his bid for Vice President in 1996, he chose to call Orange County home and spent Election Night with his OCGOP family & friends.
Secretary Kemp passed away Saturday, May 2, 2009, at his home in Bethesda, Maryland. He was survived by his wife Joanne and four children (Jeffrey, Jennifer, Judith and Jimmy) and seventeen grandchildren.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger:
(The service is closed to media; however, media organizations are allowed outside, near the west end entrance to the Cathedral for arrivals and departures. Since all Cathedral schools are in session, no surface parking will be available. Media are asked to drop off at Wisconsin Avenue and South Road.)
-- Andrew Malcolm
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