Outgoing Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) got some particularly high praise Monday from President Obama.
“It was Dick who took me on my first foreign trip as senator,” Obama reminisced at an event commemorating a program to deal with nuclear weapons in the former Soviet Union.
The trip was to Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. “We were there to see the . . .program in action,” Obama said, “and the first thing I learned is that when Dick Lugar travels overseas, it’s not a junket.
“You know, we didn’t stop and look at a lot of beautiful sites and sort
of lounge around on a lot of shopping excursions,” Obama recalled, implying that this is somehow the usual routine on such trips.
And “the more remote the place is,” Obama said, “the bigger a rock star Dick Lugar is. They love him in these places.”
Hey, that’s what we wrote back on Feb. 8.