Billionaire H. Ross Perot died yesterday at the age of 89 after an ultimately unsuccessful fight with leukemia. Perot, is mostly known for his two failed presidential campaigns. There are some who blame him for President H.W. Bush’s loss to Bill Clinton. I am not among them. But that’s not the subject of today’s offering. Ross Perot was much more than an “eccentric” billionaire turned politician.
Perot is also a legend in American Military circles. We’ve all heard the old adage: There are 3 types of people; Those Who Make Things Happen, Those Who Watch Things Happen, and Those Who Wonder What Happened. Perot wasn’t someone who things happened to, or who continually wondered, “What happened?” He made things happen.
Today during his morning show, David Webb and I had a conversation about Operation Hotfoot, Ross Perot’s private, personally funded operation to rescue two of his executives from an Iranian prison, just days before the return of Ayatollah Khomeini and the Iranian revolution—a revolution that resulted in the imprisonment of 52 American hostages by the revolutionary “government.”...
In his final public interview, Perot was asked to sum up his legacy. He replied “Texas born. Texas bred. When I die, I’ll be Texas dead. Ha!” https://t.co/Z3hD0OsaxD via @MichaelBD #RossPerot pic.twitter.com/8q61TT0lBK— National Review (@NRO) July 10, 2019
"Life is never more fun than when you're the underdog competing against the giants." --Ross Perot, founder of EDS, RIP— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 10, 2019
Ross Perot exemplified what it means to be a Texan and American.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 9, 2019
He leaves an enormous legacy. pic.twitter.com/aZdOGclSEi
Ross Perot believed deeply in our country and always fought for what he thought was right. His mark on Apple and on America made a difference and will not be forgotten. We’re thinking of his family and loved ones today.— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 11, 2019
"Perot was less concerned about corporations making money in the short term, and more concerned about a sustainable economy, one in which the little guy could still count on well-paying jobs." https://t.co/qnXYzBlyD5— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 10, 2019
"Every day he came to work trying to figure out how he could help somebody." –Ross Perot, Jr., about his father. https://t.co/rxQ8CmLXOv— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) July 9, 2019
The amazing thing about Ross Perot in 1992 is that it wasn't even technically a "third party" campaign. He didn't have a party. It was just him. And he got almost 20 million votes— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) July 9, 2019
Ross Perot Left $100 Million to the Trump 2020 Campaign https://t.co/TgHyzzARZC— Steven Vance (@vances90) July 10, 2019
The NYT obituary for Ross Perot https://t.co/agJAaX3MOH— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 10, 2019
“Perot was a brash, can-do showman who expressed contempt for politics as usual and promised voters that the path to national greatness was to send an autocratic businessman with a touch of jingo to the White House to kick ass in Washington.” https://t.co/scMB5uShbH— John F. Harris (@harrispolitico) July 10, 2019
His quote; "If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes." will remain one of my best mottos in life.— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) July 9, 2019
RIP Ross Perot pic.twitter.com/oPL1Q9aBwZ