DETROIT (FOX 2) - In retirement former U.S. Rep. John Dingell's rapier wit had a fitting platform in the social media age.
Dingell lost his battle with cancer Thursday evening, dying at 92 and leaving the nation - and Twitter - a little less joyful, wise, and at times, hilarious.
The "Dean of the House" was an unabashed sports fan who also cracked wise on everything from President Donald Trump to his beloved University of Michigan teams - but also took time to make poignant political rants and observations as well.
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One of his most recent tweets was a classic insight for new members of Congress.
As this Congress begins, a bit of advice for new Members that I received back in 1955:— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) January 3, 2019
For the next six months you're going to wonder how the hell you got here. Then one day you'll come on to the House floor, look around, and wonder how in the hell all the other fools got here.
Here is a small sample of Dingell's work:
The universe is trying to make me watch this OSU-MSU game, but I am old and wise.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) November 10, 2018
Two years ago, after Trump was declared the winner, I gave a talk and said, "I think I speak for everyone, including my Republican friends here, when I say that I’m still trying to figure out what the hell happened.”— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) November 7, 2018
Today, I know exactly what the hell happened: America won.
The Marco Rubio field goal tweet is bad because it’s yet another lame and deceitful attempt to undermine democracy, not because he also doesn’t understand sports.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) November 15, 2018
The best job in America is the guy who gets to tell Trump he misspelled a bunch of words in his stupid tweets.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) December 13, 2017
I’d come out of retirement if you promised me I could do that every day.
LET’S GO BLUE— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) October 20, 2018
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 92.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) July 8, 2018
Thank you all for the kind birthday wishes.
Sit on it, you imbecile. https://t.co/R4jOyjxsqv— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) December 21, 2018
Lighten up, nerd. https://t.co/SZxWbB2iTm— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) April 13, 2018
Lions gonna Lion.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) September 30, 2018
I’m breaking out of this place. Thank you for all of your kind words and prayers. Thank you @HenryFordNews for your phenomenal staff. And thank you @UMichFootball and the @Lions for not further complicating my health this weekend. Blessings on you all. pic.twitter.com/YiFbTXUnOx— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) September 25, 2018
I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I'll do it again if I have to.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) August 12, 2017
Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country.
I do not accept the results of the 2016 Detroit Tigers season.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) October 20, 2016
99% of you people don’t even deserve 140 characters.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) November 7, 2017
Of course his last tweet, which sent from hospice with the help of his wife Rep. Debbie Dingell, was a classic as well.
The Lovely Deborah is insisting I rest and stay off here, but after long negotiations we've worked out a deal where she'll keep up with Twitter for me as I dictate the messages. I want to thank you all for your incredibly kind words and prayers. You're not done with me just yet.— John Dingell (@JohnDingell) February 6, 2019