Back now, with fair welts of note, 64 members of congress are leaving capitol hill for good. Some after decades in the house and senate. This week, jokes and tears as some familiar faces said... See More
Back now, with fair welts of note, 64 members of congress are leaving capitol hill for good. Some after decades in the house and senate. This week, jokes and tears as some familiar faces said good-bye. To find yourself in this place with a time that should be a time of sadness but all I can feel is actual joy, it's quite amazing. These past six years have been extremely full of exciting milestones. I'm often asked what I'll miss most about the senate, and the answer is very easy, I'll miss my friends. What can I say about my colleagues? Maybe I should say what can I say about my colleagues that they haven't said about themselves before. My personal staff. I just have this problem. You know, thankfully, the speaker has it a lot worse than I do and he gets all the attention. The privilege that I have is being a link on a chain that's gone on for hundreds of years. I stand right here on the soil, in the square feet that are the freest square feet in the world. The most important member of -- the most important number of the senate is one. One senator. That's how it was set up. That's how our founders designed it. And with that, comes tremendous amount of responsibility. There's still no other place in America where one person can do big things, for good or for ill. For our people and our nation. Boy, this was going to be harder than maybe I imagined. To my family, Erin and John, thanks for weathering this storm for a member of congress who is more often gone at time they should be home. And a thank you to each of you. For the privilege of having been able to work for a better country for all us. And with that, Mr. President, for the last time, I yield the floor. And back now with the roundtable. Want to start with you, speaker Gingrich, you have been there before, any reflections? Aw; It's always deeply personal and always emotional. Senator Coburn has been a model. I'm glad that he's going to stay active in public life. When you have been there, in the middle of it, it's a different experience than almost anything else you have ever do. When you look back on this past session. You know, Harkin is somebody I think who's always been there for the fight for the average person. Just looking out for them and I think all of the speeches were moving. But his was particularly moving for me. Senator Coburn and Bachmann, truth telling on the budget something that we haven't seen in recent days. They deserve a lot of credit for standing up against the establishment. Mike Rogers is a good guy -- For him wanting to become a talk radio host speaks to the outside power and influence of talk radio hosts. Talking about that as well. Thanks to all of you, back in
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