- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec 21, 2012) — A Reuters photo shows Obama apparently in deep conversation with Sen. Harry Reid during the funeral of Sen. Daniel Inouye, a World War II veteran and longest-serving U.S. Senator on Friday.
Inouye, a Democrat from Hawaii, which is Obama’s alleged birthplace, passed away on Monday at the age of 88. Inouye served as president pro tempore of the Senate because of his seniority.
Because of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Inouye, a Japanese-American, was initially prevented from joining the U.S. military. However, he and other Japanese-Americans convinced President Franklin D. Roosevelt to change the policy.
He attended college on the GI Bill and obtained a law degree from George Washington University.
He was elected Hawaii’s first representative after it became a state in 1959. In 1962, he was elected to what would be nine six-year terms in the U.S. Senate.
Inouye is survived by his second wife, a son and daughter-in-law, a granddaughter and step-daughter.
Inouye received the honor of lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda prior to his funeral today, during which Obama could not refrain from talking. Whatever happened to “tact and sensitivity, such as “Do not converse with those around you”?
Was Obama fit to “lead those “paying tribute” to Inouye? Joe Biden reportedly commented that Inouye had been “a better man” than he is.
Inouye has been called a “true son” of Hawaii.