Father Hesburgh celebrated in U.S. Capitol

Author: Jane Morrow

Vice President Joe Biden shakes hands with University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.

University President Emeritus Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., enjoyed a reception at the U.S. Capitol in honor of his 96th birthday. Following a 20-minute visit in the White House with President Barack Obama, Father Hesburgh received well wishes from Vice President Joe Biden, top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi and many others.

Pelosi co-hosted Father Hesburgh with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who was expected but could not attend the 3 p.m. gathering. Both members of Indiana’s split-party U.S. Senate delegation, Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly, offered appreciative reflections. In all, it was a genuinely bipartisan affair that brought politicians and staffers from “both sides of the Capitol, both sides of the aisle and all sides of Pennsylvania Avenue,” Pelosi said.