- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

President Obama paid tribute Tuesday to the late Abner Mikva, a mentor and former White House counsel who died Monday at age 90.

“When I was graduating law school, Ab encouraged me to pursue public service,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “He saw something in me that I didn’t yet see in myself.”

The president said Mr. Mikva, a former lawmaker and federal appeals court judge, “represented the best of public service himself and he believed in empowering the next generation of young people to shape our country.”

Mr. Mikva also was an adviser to then-President Bill Clinton, serving as his White House counsel.

“In every position he held, Ab’s integrity and wisdom consistently put him on the right side of history, from fighting against prejudice and discrimination and for free speech and civil liberties,” Mr. Obama said. “Like so many admirers, I’ve lost a mentor and a friend.”

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