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High Fives: Rob Koenig

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 3, 2013 - For the Beacon's fifth birthday, we've asked people to share five favorite things from over the years.

In the form of quotes:

  1. "Winning may not be everything, but losing isn't anything ... Experience is what you get when you expect to get something else.” – former Missouri governor and U.S. Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, in a 2010 Beacon story about his Senate retirement.
  2. "It is disgusting to think that nearly a third of the billions and billions we spent on contracting was wasted or used for fraud.” - U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo, on the findings of a commission that probed wartime contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  3. “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act; we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect.” - President Barack Obama, second inaugural address, 2013.
  4. "If you understand Missouri politics, you have a better view of the politics of the country than you would from almost any other state. Missouri really is where the country comes together, politically and economically." - U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in a 2010 Beacon story about his transition from the House to the Senate.
  5. "Sometimes it takes a long time to reach fairness and justice, but we do get there." – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., in a 2011 Beacon story about his advocacy of a DREAM Act path to citizenship for young people brought to this country without legal documents.

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