MINNEAPOLIS – President Joe Biden plans to collect with different dignitaries in Minneapolis on Sunday to recollect former Vice President Walter Mondale at a memorial service that his household delayed for a yr because of the pandemic.
Mondale died in April 2021 at age 93. White Home press secretary Jen Psaki stated Biden wished to attend the memorial as a result of he had “an necessary private relationship” with Mondale.
Biden has described Mondale as a “one in every of our nation’s most devoted patriots and public servants.”
Admission is by invitation solely, however the service will probably be livestreamed for the general public. It’s scheduled to run from 1:30 to three p.m. CDT.
Different audio system for the occasion on the College of Minnesota embody Gov. Tim Walz, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, and Larry Jacobs, a political science professor on the college’s Humphrey Faculty of Public Affairs. Presidential historian Jon Meacham will ship the keynote eulogy.
Mondale was a graduate of the college and its legislation faculty, and the legislation faculty constructing is called after him. The service plans a efficiency of “Tomorrow” from “Annie,” and a closing by the college’s marching band, which can ship folks away with the “Minnesota Rouser” battle track.
Mondale adopted a path blazed by his political mentor, Hubert H. Humphrey, serving as Minnesota lawyer normal earlier than changing Humphrey within the U.S. Senate. He served as vp beneath Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981.
And he misplaced one of the lopsided presidential elections ever, to Ronald Reagan in 1984. He carried solely Minnesota and the District of Columbia after bluntly telling voters to anticipate a tax enhance if he gained. However he made historical past in that race by choosing Rep. Geraldine Ferraro, of New York, as his operating mate, turning into the primary major-party nominee to place a lady on the ticket
Mondale remained a revered liberal elder, with a protracted listing of accomplishments, and went on to function ambassador to Japan beneath President Invoice Clinton. However he wasn’t finished with politics. In 2002, at 74, he was drafted to run for the Senate once more after Sen. Paul Wellstone was killed in a aircraft crash shortly earlier than the election. Mondale misplaced the abbreviated race to Republican Norm Coleman.
Biden paid tribute to Mondale on the time of his loss of life final yr, saying: “There have been few senators, earlier than or since, who commanded such common respect. … It was Walter Mondale who outlined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped present a mannequin for my service.”
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