This past week, DC media and political luminaries came together at the Newseum in Washington, DC to celebrate the life of Andrew Breitbart.
Speakers included Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI); as well as Citizens United’s David Bossie, National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, conservative activist Sonnie Johnson, and Breitbart.com CEO Larry Solov. Also in attendance were Representatives Mike Pence (R-IN) and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) (NE).
The program lasted a little over an hour and was filled with deeply moving and personal accounts of Andrew, to whom Congressman Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) so aptly and eloquently attributed the following trait: “Testicular Titanium.”
There were common themes throughout the evening: Andrew’s jovial and larger-than-life personality; his innate ability to connect with people, and to connect those people with others; and, most importantly, the passion and love he exhibited for his family, friends, and colleagues. All the speakers shared a profound commitment to continue Andrew’s work, and issued a challenge to those in the audience to do the same.
Congressman Gohmert put it this way:
The greatest memorial that could ever be constructed for Andrew Breitbart is what we do from here. It can’t just be lip service. We go after truth. We go after bullies. We set the record straight.
The evening concluded with a video tribute (below) by filmmaker Andrew Marcus, with exclusive footage from his upcoming documentary, Hating Breitbart, and set to the song “American Heart.”
Not only did Andrew have an American heart, but as Steve Bannon so poignantly stated, he was also “an American original and a true American hero.”