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Factbox: The humor of the late Senator Bob Dole

Former Senator and former presidential candidate Bob Dole (L) sits with former President George Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush (R) during the second night of the 2004 Republican National Convention at Madison Square Garden of New York, August 31, 2004. REUTERS / Gary Hershorn / File Photo

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December 5 – The late Senator Bob Dole was renowned for his sense of humor which could be self-deprecating, good-natured or quite sharp.

He wrote “Great Political Wit: Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House”, a book of political humor anecdotes. “Irreverence is in my blood,” he said.

The day after his 1996 presidential election loss to Bill Clinton, Dole appeared on David Letterman’s late-night comedy show, where he got a good laugh. Soon after came appearances on the Jay Leno show, a role on the sitcom “Murphy Brown,” a bit on “Saturday Night Live,” and TV commercials for Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts, and the anti-impotence drug Viagra. .

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Dole said he made appearances to show that there is life after politics and that “losing an election doesn’t mean losing your sense of humor”.

Here are some examples of Dole’s humor:

* “Tomorrow is the first day in my life that I have nothing to do.” – his 1996 concession speech.

* “There they are – see no evil, hear no evil and evil.” – seeing, respectively, former presidents Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon together at the White House.

* “I, Robert J. Dole, solemnly swear… Sorry, bad speech.” – pretending to be sworn in as president when he accepted a Presidential Medal of Freedom from Clinton in January 1997.

* “OK but it would have been better if they had served donuts.” – response to a reporter who asked how things went during a meeting at the White House.

* “I thought I was a conservative, but now we have some in Congress who are so right-wing they’re about to fall off Capitol Hill.” – during a sentimental tour of Kansas in 2014.

* “My main concern about this (2016) election is that, well, I just hope I’m still here to vote then. If not…I plan to vote by mail.” – while touring Kansas.

(This story refiles to correct a typo in “deemed” in the lede)

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Compiled by Bill Trott; Editing by Daniel Wallis

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