I never called him Bob. He was a fellow who saw the world clearly and "made stuff happen" oftentimes not taking credit. Long after he left the Senate and ran for the Presidency, laws would pass and calls would be made.... I took a certain pride in knowing the guy who made that stuff happen. He took great pleasure in progress and worked for change in agriculture, education and healthcare....and of course veterans benefits. I got to know him better when I did the book on the WWII Memorial in 2002-2004. He supported my being on the construction site and wrote the introduction to the book. He then encouraged my participation in Honor Flight and from then on we saw a lot of each other!
I was the only photographer present when he invited all the Senators and Congressmen who were WWII veterans to lunch in April 2004 at the World War II Memorial a week before it was opened. It was a beautiful Spring day and we sat in the warm sun on the plaza and they told jokes. I suppose it was his way of thanking them for their service and also for the site location which was a hotly debated location. He knew the real cost of war and was a sensible force.
And yes...He would come down to the Memorial for most of a day and often.
I'll miss you Bob.