Archive for Saturday, December 17, 2005

Sen. Bob Dole’s Christmas cards on display

Holiday greetings from Dalai Lama and Billy Graham among lawmaker’s archives

December 17, 2005


Here's a riddle for you: Who gets holiday cards from the Dalai Lama and Billy Graham? Need a clue? He's a native Kansan and two-time presidential candidate. As you may have guessed, former Sen. Bob Dole's mailbox is full of interesting holiday cards each December.

"I'd never realized that the Dalai Lama would send a holiday card," said Jean Bischoff, Dole Institute of Politics archivist.

The Dole Institute of Politics at Kansas University has put the cards on display for the first time.

Bischoff sorted through hundreds before narrowing it down to about 15 for the display. She picked the cards that she found the most interesting and "human."

Liz Johnson, a student intern at the institute, said one of her favorites was Arizona Sen. John McCain's from 2003.

"He's with his whole family in a T-shirt and jeans. We always see him in a suit," Johnson said.

Some of the cards had personal messages inside, including a card from George H.W. and Barbara Bush, which was signed "Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Peace on Earth, Goodwill to All."

"A lot of the cards did have a spiritual component to them and that did surprise me a little bit," Bischoff said.

The institute is holding a white-glove tour of the archives at 10:30 a.m. today. To secure a spot on the tour, call the institute at 864-4900.


Ragingbear 12 years, 4 months ago

Bob Dole thinks people want to see this crap... Bob Dole thinks the Dali Lama celebrates Christmas. Bob Dole has forgotten what he was doing... Bob Dole... Bob Dole....zzzzzzzzz

Boxcar_Bobby85 12 years, 4 months ago

I just want to thank Ragingbear for chiming in on this article. Bob Dole lost the use of his right arm and almost died fighting Nazi Germany so that you can spew your insensitive and ignorant opinions about this innocuous exhibit.

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