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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Dear Senator Inhofe: Condolences are Not Political in Sympathy for Your Loss

Interesting commentary from NBC pundit David Gregory.  
My sincere condolences to the family of Senator Inhofe and to the community in Tulsa, OK, who have lost a valued physician.

From Gregory's "David's Take"

Conservative Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma, lost his 52 year-old son Perry in a plane crash last month. David Gregory, pundit and moderator of "Meet the Press", spoke to the senator about his loss and his attitude about politics as a result. 

“The differences are still there,” he told Gregory during an interview with tears welling up in the corner of his eyes. 

When his son died, he was moved by the number of Democrats who reached out to comfort him- even more, he admitted, than fellow Republicans. “Your attitude changes. And I can’t help but think when I’m confronting someone on something in which we disagree that I know how they responded to my loss and how we got closer.”

A friend thought Inhofe’s story was a sign of how bad things have gotten around here, that a Senator finds it notable that Democratic colleagues would be nice after his personal loss.

Yes, but what have we all learned from Pope Francis this year about the power of small gestures. Maybe this is a start. 

The son of Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) has died in a plane crash, a person close to Inhofe and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's office confirmed Monday.

The plane crashed near Owasso, Okla., on Sunday afternoon, reportedly killing the pilot.

Reports on Monday traced the plane to a company that Dr. Perry Inhofe is associated with, but the victim has not officially been identified. KOCO-TV was the first to confirm that the younger Inhofe was indeed the victim.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Jim and Kay and their family as they mourn this terrible loss," Hagel said in a statement, according to multiple reports.

Perry Inhofe was an orthopedic surgeon who worked in Tulsa. His legacy obituary is posted at

We can only imagine the emotional pain felt by the Inhofe family during their bereavement. Condolences are not political.

From a sincerely sympathetic Democrat.

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