Clinton hails Inouye as remarkable American

Clinton hails Inouye as remarkable American

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: Ben Nelson and Daniel Inouye speak before the Senate General Aviation Caucus meeting at The Capitol Visitor's Center on October 18, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 8:56 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Bill Clinton is hailing the late Democratic Sen. Daniel Inouye (ih-NOH'-way) as "one of the most remarkable Americans I have ever known."

At a National Cathedral service filled with dignitaries, Clinton called Inouye courageous without being sanctimonious, and a friend to both the former president and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
 
On the biggest and toughest moments for America, Clinton said Inouye was "telling us what we needed to know."
 
During his time in office, Clinton presented Inouye, a war hero, with the Medal of Honor.

The Hawaii lawmaker was the second-longest serving senator in U.S. history. He died Monday of respiratory complications at age 88.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were also speaking at the memorial.

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