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opposite way, and it has two gears on top of each other. it can go forward and it can gauge one at a time and go forwards and backwards. you can try it out. president obama: are you sure? >> yeah. just click forward. president obama: i think it came out. it is too loose. >> then, you can look at this one. this isn't on the chair right now, but basically it rolls in one direction. we can put this one on. president obama: i get a sense of it that this will work. what is amazing is that you can
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save so much money compared to the current costs. >> it is basically less than 1%. president obama: how did you get the idea? >> through our schools we were given the challenge to hack a wheelchair and so we were researching. at first we wanted to make some thing that would help wheelchairs go up and down curves, but those with require a new wheelchair somewhat we ended up doing was deciding to make attachments for because that was accessible to everyone, so we basically came up with the attachment to make it cheap. president obama: excellent. let's take a picture. come on over here. she is really working hard. [inaudible]
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congratulations. how are you, what is your name? what have you got here? >> the title of my project is latency passwords. president obama: i was reading about this. the idea is each would have a unique way of typing. >> correct. the project was to improve the strength and security of passwords. the goal wasn't to get rid of passwords and clement a new system, the goal was to improve the security by adding a secondary form of education. what i wanted to do was make a secondary form not cumbersome are hard diplomat. -- or hard to implement. when i decided was the keystroke stage. the server would first check your password and then check your typing style. president obama: to the people that have a different typing
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style -- the whole -- i don't know if people learn how to type anymore. there is a accommodation a lot learned how to do, is it the rhythm? -- there is a combination that a lot of people learned how to do, is it a rhythm? >> that was some of the research that i did. the different ways to verify. i used three factors. one was the action time, how long you pressed keys. then caused time, the pauses you take in between. and a third was pressure, how hard you hit the keys. these are the factors i used. there are a couple more than i could have chosen the use but these are the ones i used for the project. president obama: and you are finding they are sufficiently distinct shovel -- distinguishable?
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>> it would work with passwords. it is not just this alone. the password would be checked first. i have a feature goal to add more factors so i can get closer to 100%. >>president obama: excellent. where are you from? >> pennsylvania. ninth grade. president obama: you guys are doing a lot of stuff in ninth grade. >> tonight on "q&a," andrew ferguson on his writing career. the gop presidential candidates for 2016 and what voters are looking for. >> they want somebody who looks like he has stood up for them. i am amazed, the degree to which
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riemer he voters on both sides -- primary voters on both sides are motivated by resentment. the sense of being put upon. those people don't understand us. here is a guy who will stick it to them. that happens on both sides. hillary clinton will give her own version of that kind of thing. i don't think that was actually true 30 years ago. resentment has always been a part of politics. the degree to which it is also exclusively the motivating factor in truly committed republicans and democrats. >> tonight on c-span's "q&a." >> coming up next, a recent congressional gold medal ceremony for retired official golfer jack nicholas.
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later, american medical association president, dr. robert wah talks about health care issues on "newsmakers yuriko -- "newsmakers." jack nicklaus was a recipient last month of the professional gold medal. he was recognized for his contributions to the game in a ceremony on capitol hill. this is just under an hour and a half. >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome our honored guest. members of the united senate and the speaker of the united states
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house of representatives. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the speaker of the united states house of representatives, the honorable john boehner. rep. boehner: welcome to the united states capital. a special thank you to the united states marching band for being here. i guess they have more time on their hands after the round of 32. speaking of the buckeyes pursuant to hr223 today, when will present a gold-medal to jack nicklaus for excellence good sportsmanship, and philanthropy. the tradition of the gold-medal goes back to 1776.
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the first recipient was then-general george washington. what makes this award so american is that anyone can win it, whether you are in architect, in innovator, or even someone who played golf. the golden bear is is all of those things. and today we give him the highest honor we can bestow. we're joined by many representatives of the world of golf. the king, arnold palmer, is here with his wife. [applause] the commissioner of the pga tour. the voice of golf, mr. jim nantz, and many members of the
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nicklaus family. that includes the first lady of golf, please join me in welcoming mrs. barb nicklaus. >> please stand for the presentation of the colors, the performance of our national anthem and the retiring of the colors. >> forward. ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the invocation. >> let us pray. we are always to acknowledge the blessing of the almighty god over our nation. we thank you for your blessing all these years. we honor those who have sacrificed to preserve our freedom and we pray for your protection for our men and women who battle and preserve that freedom today.
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we thank you for the honor to be here to honor a man, a true champion, a man of character and courage, a man who has made a commitment of his life to courage and excellence in all that he does. a man who has great compassion and has brought everyone along with him on this journey and added great value to his life. may your blessing be on jack nicklaus. he is a role model for our nation. father, we continue to play that they will be one nation under god, with liberty justice for all. we ask for your blessing on this ceremony in the name of the father, the son, and the holy spirit we pray. amen. announcer: please be seated.
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ladies and gentlemen, cbs sports commentator mr. jim nantz. >> thank you. that is the first time i have ever been applauded in the capital. that felt really good. hello friends and distinguished guests. what a special day this is. i am not going to hold back because i know i speak on behalf of of millions of americans. millions of people around the world and i get the chance to say i love jack nicklas and i love jack nicklaus' family. i first met jack nicklaus when i
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was a local sports commentator. i was asked to be his caddy for a day. that day, under my stewardship -- [applause] [laughter] jack did something he probably had never done. he had a birdie-free round. 17 pars and a three put bogey thanks to his caddy. for the record -- this was a man who birdied the first tall. 48 years later, fittingly his last appearance, he birdied the final hole in competition in a major.
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but he did not, that day at port meadow's country club, make a single birdie -- [laughter] i have been around jack a lot these past 30 years and i'll is wanted to apologize for that first round. i always wanted to do that. plus, i thought maybe on a beautiful spring day would need up in the capital rotunda in and i would tell him. so jack, i want you to know, i am so sorry. so sorry. [laughter] just 10 days after that first day i met jack, we would meet at again. somehow, i had been called up to cbs sports and it was that epic masters of 1986 in on sunday seemingly out of nowhere, jack was making this remarkable run. and sure enough, it the bear
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came out of hibernation and one the green jacket for the sixth time in and his 18th major title. i think that is fair to say it would rank right up there if not the single stand-alone greatest triumph in golf history. there he was, arm in arm, father and son with jack. a sight as sweet as anything i have had the honor of watching. no one thought it was possible. as i made my way back to the compound that day, he pulled up a side in a golf cart and he said, young man how old are you? and i said, i am 26. and he said, you may be fortunate enough to say one day you broadcast 50 masters tournaments but i can tell you you will never live to see another greater day they are in
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than this at national agusto. folks, i thought a lot about what i'm going to say in my short time appeared. i think it is fair to say in the next 50 years we will never see another champion golfer like jack nicklas again, if ever. most people have defined him by that number 18. 18 titles. the most in history. but i look at the man for far more the and just that. that is not the only reason we are gathered here today. we in sports broadcasting use the term grades far too often. -- word great far too often. all of us do in society. but true greatness is when you do the best and you have done it the best than anyone before you and then you do something powerful with your platform. that is greatness.
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jack realized he had an audience a long time ago and he did something with it. his philanthropic victories are more spectacular than his golf conquests. it is a long list. raising money for cancer helping men and women in our military. national trustee of the first tee. these are just a few of jack's of birdies and eagles on his scorecard of life. he has been an american treasure. as well known in american americana as he is in europe and south asia. he has spread the virtues of the sport to millions around the globe. who else but jack could find his picture printed in the united kingdom on a note?
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the first living person, outside the royal family, to be featured on british currency. who else could take a boyfriend club's christi texas named james reagan, fighting terminal cancer, bring him to the village, give him hope for more gears the and doctors ever expected. i saw that loving touch firsthand. there are many others. jack and barbara reemphasized their true calling. children's health care. they have raised, over the last 10 years, $35 million for the nicklaus children's health care foundation. [applause] just five days ago, they made a
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$60 million pledge to the miami children's health system. as of friday, the flagship hospital into the eight patient centers are newly named nicholas children's hospital. that is greatness. [applause] i have always thought at a time like this, when you reach the pinnacle, those who shaped the recipient really need to be remembered. so in closing it is the privilege to be the first man up her today, the son of charlie and helen. the brother of maryland. the husband of an amazing living angel named barbara. the father of many, the proud devoted grandfather of 20 two grand children.
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if i may, i am not sure if this is protocol, i would like to have the nicklaus family stand because they are so special. [applause] thank you, jack, for being the most prolific when her of the greatest part of all time. -- winner of the greatest part of all time. and for showing us what it looks like when one dedicates a lifetime of service to others and a lifetime of devotion to family. you have let us all see it up close. may god bless jack nicklaus and his family, and may god bless the united states of america. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the united states representative from the state of ohio. [applause] >> a tough act to follow. jack, ohio is proud of our native son. growing up in columbus in the 70's and 80's, we did not have a professional sports team. but we had our hometown hero. all star, all pro, all world golfer jack nicklaus. i remember playing in the driveway, football, basketball coming in when the golf tournament started. this is pre-espn. network tv. watching jack make that great
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run or holding on to that great lead. the 1986 masters was -- well. i can remember it like yesterday. jumping off the couch acting like 12-year-old schoolboy's cheering you on. it was a great, great experience. but as jim said, jack parlayed that success. not every successful athlete performer, business person does that. he parlayed that to success. he helped others through the health care foundation that jim nantz talked about. out of that total, 5.5 million dollars raised for nationwide children's hospital in columbus ohio. in fact, today, we are lucky to have one of those nicklaus spirit award winners with us. eight-year-old addie mcgeary. please stand up.
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[applause] that is what this is all about. it has been in honoring and a privilege to sponsor the house resolution, not because of jack's greatness on the course but because of what he has done for young people like addie mcgeary. jet, thank you for being a role model for those inside and outside athletics. you and barbara have done it right. i want to thank my friend and colleague speaker john boehner we would not be her today if it were not for his extraordinary efforts. thank you, sir. god bless you, jack.
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god bless, barbara. >> ladies and gentlemen, united states senator from ohio, the honorable rob portman. [applause] portman: thank you all, it is a proud moment to be here to pay tribute to my friend jack nicklaus as he excepts the highest honor we can't bestow on anyone here in the united states capitol. thank you for making this possible in the house and thank you to our lead democrat sponsor, sherri brown. thank you. pat is right. a little nudge from leadership helped out quite a bit. a nod to john boehner. people say that playing golf with jack nicklaus and me is pretty much the same, it is a religious experience. for jack, it is like being in heaven, and for me you see your life flash before your eyes whenever you get in front of my slices.
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but we do not show much there. -- so, we do not share much in common there. i am so proud of him. i think about what has made him the most celebrated golfer ever. jim talked about the record 18 majors. he also has a closet full of six green jackets from the masters. 73 pga tour wins. unbelievable. some say he just had god-given ability. that is true. when he was 10 years old, he went to a country club to play his first nine. it was on the front nine that he shot a 51. i cannot shoot a 51 today. people said, well. let us watch this sky. other people talk about his work ethic. no question about that. his focus. his intensity. his nerves of steel on the green. all true.
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but i think what people miss sometimes is that self-confidence and competitive edge that sets him apart comes from something else. i think it comes from a remarkably strong partner who gave him strength and nurtured a wonderful family that provided him the support and love that gave him that unseen advantage that we all saw play out on the course. to this day, barbara at nicklaus is jack's inspiration and strength. she has been with him every step of the way on the course and off the course and shares the honor with jack today. [applause] she was with him at all those tournaments. my favorite is the stories about grandkids running out on the green with them and some of you
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have seen, even on today's program on the ticket there is a photo of jack with i think gary. she has been with him at his side as they pursued their passion for children's health. jim mentioned the nicklaus health care foundation for children. in columbus ohio, it is something we are proud of in central ohio. they have now contributed over $20 million to central ohio charities, with the children's hospital being the top recipient. this has made a difference in people's lives. and now the nicklaus children's hospital. let me tell you about the jack nicklaus i know. not long ago, my wife and i were friend jack's home. as you can imagine, there is some interesting memorability
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there. trophies, photographs with presidents, royalty, celebrities of all kind. the photos he was most out of an excited to show me were the ones on the refrigerator of his kids and his grandkids. his eyes lit up when he showed me those and when he talked about their successes. that might be one reason, jack that every single one of your kids and every single one of your 21 grandchildren from oliver the country are here with us today. that is the jack nicklaus i know. a man who understands he is been blessed with a remarkable career and talent but the blessings he counts first are his family, his deep faith, his ability to help others, and, yes, his abiding love for this great country. so, i feel blessed to know you jack. i feel blessed to honor you today. congratulations as you celebrate this very high honor with your wonderful family and your many
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friends. [laughter] [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, mr. jack nicklaus the second. >> i would like to start by thanking my family and our many friends who have traveled here to support my father. i would also like to thank the honorable john boehner and other distinguished members of the house and senate. it was june 15th, 1980, i had just completed my second round at a local junior golf tournament. the phone rings as i am signing my scorecard.
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it's dad. he asked me how i played. i proceed to tell him my entire round, hole by hole, shot by shot, i must've gone on for 20 minutes. as i finish, there is a short silence. i am about to think dad for calling me and say it by and he says, would you like to know how your dad did today? a little embarrassed, i quickly say, yes, how did you do today? and dad says, well, i just won the u.s. open. that was then. [applause] [laughter] no name is more synonymous with the sport of golf then the name jack nicklaus. his competitive career spanned five decades. his legend has been built with
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120 professional tournament victories worldwide as well, a record 18 major championships. five pga championships. three british opens. jack nicklaus is the man. his records speak for themselves. putting those records as side i believe he has truly transcended the game of golf and perhaps sports in general. he is most admired by his competitors and sports fans worldwide by the way he has carried himself. he has worked hard and let others shout his accolades. he has always taken
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responsibility for his actions in and results. he is gracious in both victory and defeat. his father, charlie nicklaus taught him early on that when someone has done better than you you give them credit and you mean it. while he is fair, he has remained a fierce competitor. i remembers several years ago sitting in the car with my dad. i was a struggling young golfer and i asked 10, how is it you never seem to choke? dad's answer was simple, i am not afraid to win. i responded, don't you mean you are not afraid to lose? dad quickly corrected me, he said no, i am not afraid to win. anyone can lose. it takes courage to win. he went on to say, in winning it you separate your self from your competitors. these success -- with success
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comes great responsibility. people will expect more from you. it takes courage to win. dad's championship victories occurred when preparation met opportunity. in his words, there is no excuse not to be prepared. his idol, bob jones, remarked after watching dad dominate the 1965 nationals, nicklaus plays a game with which i am not familiar. a friend and fellow competitor tom watson, was quoted, anybody who played in jack's air a new that he was the leader board name to watch. we had to beat that man. he commanded that respect. records may fade and people may forget them, however, we will always remember the name, his character, how he carried himself, and mostly, the lives that he has touched. behind every great man there is
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a great woman. it was 1957, dad's first week as a freshman at ohio state university, on the steps in front of the hall he was touched by in angel and his life will be forever pressed. he met my mom. she has man in continues to be the guiding light to her husband for the past 55 years. she is truly the wind beneath his wings. we would not a here today honoring this great and american had it not been for barbara nicklaus. [applause] giving back is that the core of mom and dad.
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it is a little repetitive following the speakers before him, but i want to mention the children's health care foundation. it is a foundation that provides health care to children that otherwise could not afford health care. just recently, a hospital in miami, and some outpatient centers, eight of them, are bearing my family's name. that is truly a legacy built in love. a philosophy of mom and dad, and i quote my mom, if we can impact one child's life, we have been successful. as a father, he is the best. dad worked in a different city and-or country every week.
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travel was a very necessary part of his life, yet dad mentioned to be dad -- yet dad managed to be at our games, my youngest brother's basketball games -- they were fully committed. mom was usually working the clocks and the scoreboards. dad would be wearing a headset and helping to call the plays. dad made family his priority. a quality he learned from his parents. it is a quality they have passed on to us. it continues today. mom and dad have 22 grandchildren. they do not miss a thing,. a sporting event, grandparents day, teaching the young ones how to properly cast a fly rod swing a golf club, birthdays confirmations, on in and on.
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they do not miss a thing. a question that to i have been asked throughout my life, what is it like to be jack nicklaus us son? my quick response has always been, he is just my dad. honestly, i have never really. back in and understood my response until now. to share some of my clarity with you, let us go back to a time in sports history that many of us remember. the 1986 masters. we have heard about it earlier but i will tell about it from a different perspective. it was a beautiful spring day and at best, georgia. masters sunday. i was a 24 year old kid carrying the bad for dad. will run the ninth green and dad had just backed away for the second time from a slippery downhill burning at.
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there had been back-to-back rows from the eighth grain where tom and another had each made eagles to extend their lead. i stood with a gallery of the ninth-grade, there was tension in the air. we are caught up in the moment of nervous energy of golf history. it was a moment that seem to his arrest. all of us. except dad. unexpectedly, dad turned to the surrounded gallery, flashed a boyish grin and says in his high-pitched voice with a certain level of levity, and hey, let's see if we can make some noise of our own p are. -- up here. he then studied his hand, walked to the hall, the crowd erupted. the game was on. it was those final nine holes forever etched in my memory. i remember that fluid yet powerful swing. i remember the precision. the concentration and intensity. i remember each well at putt ichiro a shot. -- each heroic putt.
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each heroic shot. above all, i remember the emotion. dad clearly had a mission to give everything he had left to manage the only thing that he could truly manage, himself. yet, i watched him struggle. i can still see the tears in his eyes and feel those in mind. it was the encouragement and the elevation from the fans that was unforgettable. sure, the enthusiasm was fueled by the events of that day. but i knew it was more the end that. the cheers represented in a appreciation for a lifetime of accomplishments and the way he had done it. they embraced a good man with good character. dad was on the 18th at green. i stood, holding the flag as dad butted out for a final round 65 to complete his unlikely come from behind victory at the age
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of 46. as his final putt drops, the crowd interrupts. dad picked the ball from the cup and faced the crowd to greet their chairs. there i was, completing the monday task of placing the flag back into the cup. for me, time was standing still as the cheers continued. i was thinking, wow, dad really played right today. it was more than that. so much more. this man, this wonderful man had accomplished so much. he is jack nicklaus.
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he is arguably the greatest golfer in the history of golf. the golden bear had just won his sixth green jacket in incredible fashion. his fans a door at him. it was his moment in time. a moment so i earned and a moment so deserved. now, let's go back to that question that i am so often asked, what is it like to be jack nicklaus son? there i was, turning from the flag, all i saw was my dad. in the midst of this moment, i was all about jack nicklaus. their dad stood, waiting for me with the most wonderful smile. his arms were outstretched to embrace me. [chuckle] dad had made me part of it.
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i knew i had dad's full focus. i felt part of it. i felt part of it. that is what it is like to be his son. [chuckle] [applause] as we walked arm in arm from the 18th green that sunday afternoon, i was so proud of my dad. today i have that same pride. i'm truly honored and privileged to see them before you in our nation's capital, representing our family, as we all present the congressional gold medal to dad. thank you for allowing me to share some of my memories and stories about my father, and dad, mostly, i would like to thank you for being such an amazing role model to all of us. may we all stand to recognize and honor my dad, jack nicklaus. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the ohio state university marching hand. ♪
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♪ [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the democratic leader of the united states house of representatives, the honorable nancy pelosi.
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sen. pelosi: thank you for bringing us all together today it is an honor to be here with leader mcconnell and later rain, -- leader reed, senator portman and senator barry. thank you all for making this possible through the legislation awarding the congressional gold medal to jack nicklaus. what a thrill for all of us to be here. when i first had the privilege and the excitement and the joy of meeting jack nicklaus was when we had the gold medal ceremony for all nor palmer and that was pretty thrilling for all of us. jack spoke that day. when i met barbara and jack, i had the privilege of having a conversation with them and
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people came up to me afterwards and asked me what is my impression of jack nicklaus? i said, in a word, saintly. faintly. and of course, meeting barbara i knew why. hearing jack nicklaus the second's comments today reinforced that an impression of this great man. as jack ii said, we're arguably in the presence of the greatest golfer of all time. jack nicklaus never ceased to all of his audiences, as an amateur, or a pro, the golden bears unparalleled 18 major championships, those victories are a benchmark that other victories are measured by and seek to achieve. jack nicklaus is without a doubt one of the greatest individual sportsmen ever.
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that is an applause line. [applause] here we are in the rotunda of the capital to celebrate much more than his golf greatness. we are here to honor his goodness as well. jack nicklaus is a champion simply not because of his staggering excellence but because of his excellence through the game itself. time and again, jack nicklaus has sought to grant the gifts through the game to others. the focus and the full settlement that golf afforded him. he has been generous with his vision and today american veterans can find relaxation on a course jack nicklaus designed especially for him. thank you jack, for your courtesy to our men and women in uniform. [applause]
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he has been generous with his value it and today, we have been brought the character-building lessons to more than 9 million participants since 1997. he has been generous with his philanthropy as well. the nicklaus children's health care foundation and other causes strengthened by his aunt barbara's support. a few years before ending his 44-year broker out, nicklaus came to the capital to testify before the education and workforce committee. there he shared the cherished blessing his instructor taught him at an early age. he said to the committee, it was
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not what you achieved in sports that mattered so much as what you achieved in sportsmanship. few sportsmen have been so dedicated to those beyond the reach of their game as the golden bear. in the afterword to his autobiography, jack nicklaus wrote, it is not those inside the ropes who control golf's future, it is those many thousands, millions indeed outside the reps who are the future of the game. today we celebrate a champion who is accelerated on the grain and embrace leadership far beyond the links and outside the reps. we herald a long and storied career of courage, discipline, generosity, success. we honor a man whose love of the game is exceeded only by his love for his beautiful family. his wife brooke, his five children, his 25 grandchildren. we thank his family for sharing
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him with america. thank you to the nicklaus family. [applause] if you ask anyone, as i did for today, to tell you one thing about jack nicklaus, they only say the same thing. that man loves his family. for his achievements philanthropy, contribution to some aspects of our family, for being in every way one of the greatest sportsmen in history as a privilege indeed, it is thrilling, right, my colleagues? thrilling. to join in honoring jack nicklaus with the congressional gold medal. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the leader of the united states senate, the honorable harry reid.
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>> jack, i am sure you would appreciate this, i have to stand up for somebody who is not here. saint nicolas has already been named. nancy is trying to give you that name, but saint nicolas already has that name. a wise man once said, a perfectly straight shot with a club is a fluke. the wise man that said that was jack nicklaus. his life has been just that. plumbing it drives off the tee that stayed straight and true. each drive was no fluke. jack nicklaus status as an american icon is because of his hard work and dedication. what an amazing athletic career
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even from the days of his youth. in high school, he not only excelled in golf, here is also a talented basketball in football player. he was all-state in basketball and was recruited to play college basketball for all ohio state university. on the football field he was a quarterback. in those days you played both ways. he was quarterback, linebacker he could kick a field goal 50 yards. on the golf course, we all know what he is stunned. 63 career victories. we have heard about the 18 major championships. for me, it is a great thrill to be her today. i can hardly wait to get home and call each of my boys separately and say i had the pleasure today to sit between two of the greatest americans ever. almost palmer all learned -- arnold palmer and jack nicklaus.
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jack nicklaus, his greatest faith, came here when he married barbara. i was going to outdo him with grandchildren. i only have 19. he has 22. when thinking of jack and barbara, i think i am going to recall a poem by mark twain. the poem is called "the marriage." a marriage makes of two fractional life's a whole. it gives two purposeless lives a work. it doubles the strength of each. it gives to two questionable nature's reason for living and something to live for. it gives no gladness to the sunshine, new fragrance of the flowers, a new beauty to the earth. together, barbara and jack have certainly brought a new beauty to the earth and i am not just referring to the five children and 25 grandchildren.
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it is exemplary what they have done. the nicklaus children's health center they established, since its inception, has helped provide children and families with much needed medical care. one example, the young lady who stood today. 10 years later, jack and barbara show no signs of slowing. as you pledge of $60 million to the miami children's health system. so while golf has made jack nicklaus spam is his and barbara's work to save the most vulnerable among us has made them a mortal. you have done so very, very much to make the world a better place. thank you. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the
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majority leader of the united states senate, the honorable mitch mcconnell. [applause] >> jack nicklaus has seen a lot of success in his life, and not just in the golf course but in business and on the charitable front with his warm smile and grace. the golden bear makes it look absolutely effortless. but jack nicklaus has worked hard to scale every demanding peak. his story is one that deserves to be told and today we are. jack had a brush with polio as a teenager.
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he calls it, just a memory now. but aching joints continued to hunt him. as a fellow survivor of this terrible disease i know how difficult the road to recovery can be. so you might not have expected this young ohio and to become a golf legend. for a while, i do not think he would have, either. he originally land to follow his dad into the pharmacy business. that is what he studied at the -- yes i know -- the ohio state university. jack has a lot of fond memories from back then. like the time he ate a goldfish. and while jackie eventually found his true calling on the links, he still loves the buckeyes and the feeling appears to be mutual. there is a jack nicklaus museum on campus, after all, and he was once granted the rare honor of
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dotting the i in the osu marching bands script formation. the same marching band here with us today. i know how much this means to a buckeye like jack. perhaps as much as winning the presidential medal of freedom. it is a rare honor. jack nicklaus was proud to receive it way back in 2005. that was after he gave president bush the following golf advice: quit. [laughter] luckily, jack, -- got the award anyway. luckily, for us, we never asked the golden bear for golf tips,
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we might just get the truth. jack is already a legend, and he has not stopped. care is about honoring children and veterans. he is in his talent and celebrity to work to help. they have hebrew continued to do so. -- we hope he will conitnue to do so. it is dozens and many others congress honor stec nicklaus today. [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, this beaker of the united states house of representatives, the honorable john boehner. rep. boehner: jack was worried
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about having a boehner moment appear. [laughter] in a few moments, we will have the presentation of the gold medal. first, i want to take all of you today for being here. there are so many stories to tell, everyone usually wants to go back to the 1986 masters. you heard about it today. people ask you, where were you when it happened? that is how big of a deal it was. i remember the chair i was sitting in in west chester, ohio watching that 86 masters. you know, if you transcend sports to achieve that kind of a moment or this kind of an honor, with jack it was the
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game of gold standard. that is true on and off the course. jack was so good that he was the best in both figtree and defeat. we have heard a lot about victory today, but the thing to learn in golf is not the swing of the short game, it is losing. no matter what, you have to shake the other man's hand at the end of the match. then, you have to face the man in the mirror. when jack came up short against ernie in denver, ben hogan said, i played with the kid today coup could have won by 10 shots if he had known how. jack, worked harder, and he learned how. when he fell short, he was just
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as classy. watching his favorite story and 19 1977, he will say jack was congratulating him saying i gave it my best shot, but came up short. it's not the trophy or the triumph. it's the respect that jack's rivals remember the most. that is what gives the 1986 masters in size. to win that day, jack had to overcome. not a slouch on the list. that day, we were a part of something special.
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something bigger, just as we are today. engluf, as in all other things it's not if you win or lose it's how you play the game. no one has played better for longer than jack. in the words of cbs announcer vern linguist, yes sir, the congressional gold medal goes to the gentleman from ohio, the golden bear, jack nicklaus. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, mr. jack nicklaus. [applause]
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jack: that is a wow. mr. speaker, leaders mcconnell reid, other testing was members of the house and senate, reverend tom mullins your words have always inspired our family and we appreciate you being here today. jim nance, a great friend for many years, i enjoyed working with you. you are the best. the osu marching band, a little larger the last time i saw it. [laughter] thank you for being here. i much appreciate it.
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so many family, friends who took time out of their busy schedules to be here today, i am humbled. a special thanks to my son jack . i don't have the words to say thank you for what you said from your heart on behalf of you and our family. that was fantastic. two and a half years ago, i had the privilege to be here to say words about my good friend, arnold palmer. what it privilege it was to be here that day. ap, you have been a great friend. and you will continue to be so. my son jack, at about six years
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old, someone asked him, what does your dad do? he said, nothing, he just plays golf. [laughter] i did just play golf. i played the greatest game of all. somehow over the course of 60 years playing it, i ended appeared today. my parents family came over to europe -- from europe in the 1980's. they were a hard-working family a living example of the american dream. my mother's father worked on the bno railroad, he was a conductor. my father's father worked on another railroad. one day, my grandfather to my dad and his brothers down to where he was working, in the boilers, well over 100 degrees. he said, boys, i want you to see this because i don't want you to have to do this. i want you to make a better life
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for yourself. my dad and another brother became pharmacist. this is the entrepreneurial spirit that has made america the greatest country in the world. [applause] my father owned several grocery stores in and around columbus. in fact, his first was on the campus of ohio state university. safe to say, i was destined to be a buckeye. when i was about six my father was a multi sport athlete. he injured his ankle playing volleyball. i will never forget the image of folks carrying my father into the hospital. he was diagnosed with a sprain. four years later, they
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determined that he had broken it in several places. he had to have surgery. he took up golf again after surgery. i was 10 at the time. he took a long at the time. every few goals, he would stop and i would hit some shots. that is when i was introduced to my longtime life mentor, jack grout, what a great man. and that is when i began to play golf. my father and mother sacrificed so much for me. the opportunity to pursue my career. they same can be said about my sister here today. as my only sibling, i think she got the short end of the stick. i love her today and always, and thinker again. [applause]
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using golf as a vehicle, my father taught me so many valuable lessons, among them sportsmanship, value and integrity. more important, i let learn to deal with adversity. my father always said the basis think -- greatest thing about sports is graciousness and victory. my father always taught me to treat others as i would want them to treat me. i know it is simplistic, but sometimes doing the right thing is simple. the late dean smith, who i knew and my son jack got to know well in his ears at north carolina said, you should never be proud of having the right thing, you should just do the right thing. i honestly completely humbled to
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be here today. i guess you could say that i am floored to be standing here. if you look at the past recipients of the congressional gold medal, a reads like a chapter in a history book. in 1973, the first announced seven athletes were honored. joe louis, and i think his son is here an audience. is that right, joe? [applause] jesse owens, jackie robinson. sports icons that i have the privilege to meet. they were men who transcended sports by crossing racial
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barriers. they fought racial dissemination and sacrifice so much, including their lives, in the case of roberto clemente. for the other athletes, they were to be coffers, including my good friend, arnold palmer, and now me. [applause] i think that speaks volumes about the game that we are so proud to be associated with. ap, hopefully he will agree, we just play golf, and we enjoyed it and loved it. being here in washington standing in the rotunda of the capital, and hearing our national anthem, you can't help but swell with nationalistic
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pride. i want to thank our military men and women. i was married with the first of our five children what i was told i would be exempted from the draft. i have never served the country, but i have been able to serve those who have. as a friend likes to remind me, they are the 1% who defend the freedom of the other 99%. there is nothing free about freedom. no matter how divided our country seems at times, one thing has not fraction or weekend are admiration for our military men and women. golf has been a wonderful outlet for men and women of our military, returned from combat many of them who are disabled.
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i have heard countless stories of how golf has helped these veterans transition back into the mainstream and how the healing powers of golf have given these soldiers purpose and allowed them to regain their lives. i have seen the jens of war being on the verge of taking their lives, yet golf has spared them. as vietnam vet and double-amputee, jim martin say once told me, if you cannot stand up, at least stand down. these veterans play for real. i just play golf. when i first became -- the end playing the game professionally, i had a strong desire to play the game internationally. i wanted to learn about the rest of the world. at the same time, i wanted the rest of the world to learn about
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this great game. i played the game wherever i could, and i tried to design courses where the game could be played. we are proud to have introduced golf into 39 countries. using golf as a vehicle, i had the fortunate opportunity of meeting leaders of other countries. i have been able to meet seven u.s. presidents, and even further bless, i golfed with three of them. i will never forget when president ford called be to ask me to play golf with president clinton and him and discuss my opinion on nafta. really? i just played golf. i have an audience, and people occasionally listen to me. that humbles me beyond words. it also provides be a window at
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how amazing our game is at crossing borders and bridging generations. five years ago, this month, i traveled to morocco for a trip to see how we could use golf to embrace that country. i was to meet the prince, and little did i know, instead of a meeting, his royal highness had plans to play golf. we played nine holes at a course . there was not a soul on the course, and it was immaculately maintained. we had a wonderful round, and later that night, we gathered at the palace. the crown prince's father was an avid golfer. he loves the game. the king had died 11 years earlier.
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no golfer had stepped foot on the golf course since the king's death. yet, it was maintained every day just in case. on that day, the course was played again because that crown prince wanted to make the connection to his legacy. we just played golf, but to so many others, it is so much more. for many others, golf does much more. many of you know this, but it is worth repeating, the game of golf as a whole has given more to charity than any other sports combined. every year, it generates some $4 billion in giving. please allow me to take a moment to congratulate congratulate her tim fenton and others of the pga tour. last year, the pga tour
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generated 100.4 over $100 million in contributions. [applause] we just play golf, and boy, are we proud that we do. let's see if i can get through this last part. the last part of the game of golf has everything to do with why i'm standing here today. on the back of the gold medal, there are six stars. five represent my children. then, there is one larger singular star that represents my wife, barbara. i'm not can get there -- not going to get there. yes, -- i can say with
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conviction, my timing was never better on that september day in 1957 on the campus of ohio state, i met barbara jean. after a couple of weeks, she were to be interest schedule and we began dating. i have dodge for years the question of what victory is most important, and i don't know if i have a more important one then went barbara jean became barbara nicklaus in 1960. [applause] where it not for barbara, i would have been just another golfer. people have asked me to quantify barber's importance to my career, i would have to say, she is responsible for at least 15
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major championships. i will give myself credit for three. i'm very proud of what i have been able to publish in my career and life, and you know, the good the about being 75 is that anything that i may not likely be proud of is before it the internet was invented. this metal will not paying around my neck if it were not for the importance of barbara. not long after we were married, and incident happened with our daughter. at that time, barbara and i decided at the young age that if we were ever going to give back it would be for children. that became our priority. all the while, barbara has been the guiding light of everything that we have accomplished. it is her vision, and her reality that our foundation has
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been able to tea touch the lives of children all over the country. just five days ago, we announced that we would open the nickla us hospital in miami. [applause] barbara's importance in my life far transcends might golf career or our charitable work. she has been an incredible wife and mother, and grandmother of 22 all of whom are here today. she has made many personal circumstances -- sacrifices in order to help me a college what i have in my career. all i ever wanted was for my five children to grow up to be good citizens and say that they
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knew their dad. today, the are great citizens and parents, and i think it is safe to say, they do know their dad. for the 22 grandkids, n none of whom ever saw me swing in a victory,. yes, i just play golf, but my whole life work with to make you proud of me, hopefully i have. [applause] thank you. [applause] ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please stand as the chaplain of the united states senate gives the benediction. chaplain black: let us pray. no into him who is evil to keep us without stumbling or some slipping, and to present as without fault or blemish before the presence of his glory with unspeakable ecstatic delight in triumphant joy and exultation. to the only wise god, the shepherd of our destiny, be glory majesty, and might dominion, and power.
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and lord, in all of their tomorrows, bless and keep jack and barbara nicklaus and their loved ones, make your face shine upon them and be gracious to them. list the light of your on them and give them peace. we pray in your great name. amen. >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen please remain in your seats for the departure of the official party and until your bro is invited to depart by an official representative.
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♪ [ohio state marching band]
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