Former Kansas Senator Bob Dole was the Republican Presidential nominee in 1996, eventually losing the election to former President Bill Clinton. A former Senate Majority Leader, Dole was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 as a tribute to his character and contributions to the nation. Dole is also the author of two best-selling books on political humor: “Great Presidential Wit, I Wish I Was In The Book” and “Great Political Wit, Laughing (Almost) All the Way to the White House.” Following the attacks of September 11, Dole joined forces with former rival President Bill Clinton to serve as Co-Chair of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, assisting the educational needs of the families of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93. In January 2003, he was appointed Honorary Co-Chair of the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, part of President Bush's USA Freedom Corps. In 2004, Dole began, along with Senator George McGovern, the George McGovern-Robert Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to combat child hunger and poverty by providing nutritious meals to schoolchildren in developing countries. For their efforts, Senators Dole and McGovern won the World Food Prize in 2008.
As the Clinton School's inaugural lecturer, former Kansas Senator Bob Dole discusses his life during and after leaving politics. Dole tells stories of his interactions with presidents throughout his years in politics and jokes about his campaign for president in 1996. In covering the topic of public service, Dole says that party lines don’t matter when it comes to giving back to the world. He talks about leaders and the importance of living with consequences.