Sunday, 5 December 2010

Ike Skelton

Ike Skelton served as a Congressman from 1977, and was Chair of the House Armed Services Committee [He had been the Ranking Minority Member from 1999-2006]. National Journal have described him as a "Harry Truman Democrat". He was taken by his father to see Truman's Inauguration in Washington DC in January 1949. 

On Wednesday he gave his farewell address to the House of Representatives.

His final comments come from Lord Tennyson's Poem "Ulysses"

"Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honoured of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers,
but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Come, my friends.
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world."