My Favorite Bob Strauss Story

Bob Strauss brought joy to politics.
U.S. President George H.W. Bush points to a pair of Texas cowboy boots he gave to Russian President Boris Yeltsin (left) on his 61st birthday, while U.S. ambassador to Russia Robert Strauss (right) looks on, at Camp David in Maryland, 1992. Photographer: David Valdez/AFP/Getty Images

Bob Strauss, even by Texas standards, was larger than life. He died yesterday at the age of 95 after almost a half century as a fixture in the Democratic Party and in Washington.

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