While mourning the loss former U.S. Sen. Edward Brooke, President Barack Obama and others praised him as a giant who left an outsize footprint on America’s political landscape.
“Michelle and I were saddened to learn of the passing of former Senator Edward Brooke,” the president said in a statement. “Senator Brooke led an extraordinary life of public service, including his time in the US Army.”
As the first African American elected as a state’s Attorney General and first black U.S. Senator elected after Reconstruction, Brooke stood at the forefront of the battle for civil rights and economic fairness, President Obama said. “During his time in elected office, he sought to build consensus and understanding across partisan lines, always working towards practical solutions to our nation’s challenges.”
The president was not alone in his sentiments.
Source: The Root