Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
"After 4 years as Vice President to Truman, Barkley retired from politics, seemingly forever. But he longed to return to this Chamber which had seen his greatest successes and his most ignoble defeats. So he ran for and won reelection in 1954, ousting Republican John Sherman Cooper.
Alben Barkley died on April 30, 1956. He left this world doing what he loved--giving a speech.
In his final moments, he explained to a crowd of students at a mock convention at Washington and Lee University that as a newly elected Senator, he had refused a seat in the front row of this Chamber, despite his decades of service.
"I am glad to sit in the back row," the 78-year-old Barkley said. "For I would rather be a servant in the house of the Lord than to sit in the seats of the mighty."
Those were Senator Barkley's last words before he collapsed. The crowd's applause was the last thing he would hear, before suffering a massive heart attack."
--Senator Mitch McConnell, Rep., KY
Just thought that was cool -- what a way to go! We found on Wikiquote a list of famous people's last words before dying, too, and some of them were pretty funny! A few:
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
- D - Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. Philippians 2:14-15
- L - Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips. Proverbs 27:2
- M - Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you. 1 Thessalonians 4:11
- W - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for man. Colossians 3:23