WASHINGTON, D.C. A portrait of former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., will be unveiled today during a ceremony in the historic Old Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol.
The portrait, painted by New York artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, is part of the U.S. Senate Leadership Portrait Collection. Dole will attend and speak at the 3:30 p.m. EDT "invitation only" event, said his spokesman, Mike Marshall.
"To my colleagues who have waited years for the opportunity to nail me to the wall, I would remind you of the old axiom, 'Beware what you wish for ...,'" an advance copy of Dole's speech said. "In fact, I understand that I am to be hung in the Senate lobby, not far from where distinguished members have been known to lie down and take a nap. So if nothing else, I'll be there to disturb your sleep."
Dole was in office 45 years as a Republican, including terms in the Kansas Legislature and both houses of Congress. He was his party's nominee for president in 1996 but was defeated by incumbent Bill Clinton.
In his speech this afternoon, Dole will mix humor with praise for leaders from both parties, including Democrat Hubert Humphrey and Republican Barry Goldwater: "Each of them a patriot before he was a partisan."
Kinstler has painted more than 1,200 portraits. They include five presidents and 50 Cabinet officers, including Elizabeth Dole. His portraits of Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan are the official White House portraits.
Dole also will mention his life after the Senate, saying the electorate decided his future.
"In their wisdom they decided they'd rather see me in commercials than in the Oval Office," he will say, according to the text of his speech.