POTUS on Jack Kemp

May 3, 2009 11:33am

Former quarterback, 1996 GOP vice presidential nominee, and Congressman Jack Kemp died last night.

A statement from the Kemp family stated that "Jack Kemp passed away peacefully shortly after 6 o’clock this evening, surrounded by the love of his family and pastor, and believing with Isaiah, "My strength and my courage is the Lord." 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."

"Jack Kemp’s commitment to public service and his passion for politics influenced not only the direction of his party, but his country," President Obama said in a statement. "From his tenure as a Buffalo congressman to his ascent in national politics, Jack Kemp was a man who could fiercely advocate his own beliefs and principles while also remembering the lessons he learned years earlier on the football field: 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."

- jpt

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