Al Franken says goodbye to comedy writing partner Tom Davis on Senate floor

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I was glued to C-Span late last night as Minnesota Democrat Al Franken spoke on the Senate floor.  It wasn't a policy speech.  It was a tribute to his writing partner Tom Davis. 

It's not often that you see a US Senator in tears,  much less waxing nostalgic about near death canoe trips.  I've never heard anyone explain to a C-Span audience how the famous Julia Child sketch  on "Saturday Night Live" was staged.  It's  must-see TV.

If you missed it, here's the link:

And here's a copy of his remarks:

Remarks offered by Senator Al Franken of Minnesota on the Senate floor.

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012:


Today I come to the floor to talk about a personal loss to me and to so many of his friends and family and fans--a Minnesotan who brought so much laughter and so much joy to his fellow Minnesotans and to millions and millions of Americans. My friend Tom Davis died last Thursday after he was diagnosed 3 years ago with cancer.