Florida Sen. Bill Nelson's seeming silence about the death of Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye was surprising yesterday, but he was travelling and didn't just want to send out a written statement. So Nelson took to the floor today and gave quite a eulogy.
Mr. President, I want to speak about my friend, our friend, Danny Inouye.
It’s been a week of emotion, and when you look at that black-draped desk with the white flowers, it’s hard to believe that so much a part of this institution is gone as a living, breathing part of the institution. But, as a part of its history, its memory, its institutions, its values, Danny epitomized all of that.
That is particularly true that he was first a gentleman. I guess you’d have to say first he was a patriot. And, all you need to do to see how much he was a patriot was the fact that he had one arm missing when he charged, single-handedly as that Army Lieutenant, that German machine gun nest and took them out and lost his arm and ended up 20 months in the hospital. Of course we all know he got the Medal of Honor years later, recognition well-deserved.