Father Hesburgh celebrated in U.S. Capitol

by 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.