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A Tribute to
Congressman Bob Michel


Bob Michel was honored for his public service and advocacy on behalf of veterans on April 21, 2011. A crowd of several hundred attended an event naming the Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic after the former Republican Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives. The three-minute, 22-second video clip provides basic biographical information about Michel.

A Tribute to Congressman Bob Michel

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Voice of Experience

When you are the Leader, you have to be able to take the heat. There are too many nervous Nellies around. - Robert H. Michel
Chicago Tribune, August 16, 1982

I've come to learn that it [leadership] doesn't mean two hoots in hell to most of the folks back home, if it tends to distract you in any way from your primary concern for them.- Robert H. Michel
Journal Star, January 11, 1987

...You make a decision one day and then you forget about it. The next day the sun comes up, it's a bright day, and you go on.- Robert H. Michel
Journal Star, March 23, 1989

If you go too far out ahead of your troops without looking back, they'll eventually pull you back.- Robert H. Michel
Journal Star, March 23, 1989