On Monday, Walter Mondale, who served as vice president under Jimmy Carter, left a heartfelt message to his staff just 48 hours before his passing at the age of 93.
“Well, my time has come. I am eager to rejoin Joan and Eleanor,” Mondale wrote in his farewell message.
His daughter Eleanor passed away at 51 years old in 2011 from brain cancer, and his wife Joan, who was an artist, passed away at the age of 83 in 2014.
“Before I go, I wanted to let you know how much you mean to me. Never has a public servant had a better group of people working at their side! Together we have accomplished so much, and I know you will keep up the good fight,” Mondale’s note continued with a photo of him sitting on a chair by the water with a smile and pup by his side.
Mondale ran for president in 1984, making history with Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman selected for a running ticket. Ultimately, he endured a crushing defeat. But he always had high spirits for the United States. He served 12 years in the US Senate, where he was an influential liberal force, advocating for adequate child care, civil rights, and substantial housing bills.
It’s also worth mentioning that he was a key player in encouraging the Senate to change up the votes needed to stop a filibuster from two-thirds votes to 60 votes, which was progress at the time.
Additionally, in his remaining years in the Senate, Mondale was heavily involved in the Intelligence Committee, playing a significant role in foreign policy within the Carter administration.
He received high marks as ambassador to Japan under President Bill Clinton for his political savvy and respect as former vice president.