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Life and legacy of Vice President Walter Mondale celebrated in Washington, D.C.


Not even presidents get this kind of treatment.

Some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party are raising their glasses to Walter Mondale in not one, but two events honoring his "life and legacy" in Washington, D.C., all on the same day.

This comes some 34 years after Vice President Mondale, who served under one-term President Jimmy Carter, left the White House, and more than three decades after he lost his bid to retake the Oval Office from Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Organized by the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the events began Tuesday morning with "Walter Mondale: Living Legacy," which the school describes as a symposium on "domestic and foreign policy issues central to the legacy of Vice President Mondale."

But it was also the chance for vice presidents current and past to have a chat.

Vice President Joe Biden, who may or may not be running for president himself, took the stage with Mondale, and shared a story about how he arrived at his decision to join then-Sen. Barack Obama's White House campaign in 2008.

"The first person I called was Fritz," Biden said, using Mondale's nickname, according to the Pioneer Press.

But the most poignant moment may come Tuesday night during "Celebrating Fritz: An Evening with Walter Mondale" at the Four Seasons Hotel – with a visit from Mondale's former boss, Jimmy Carter.

The 91-year-old Carter "is going out of his way under adverse circumstances" to be at the event, a reference to the president's recent brain cancer diagnosis, the Pioneer Press says.

The Star Tribune quotes Mondale as saying that "with President Carter attending, it adds a special level of significance.”

The event website says Carter will speak during the dinner. Joining him is a who's who of Democratic Party notables, including Minnesota Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar, Gov. Mark Dayton, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and former Secretary of State Madeline Albright.

Mondale is expected to take to the podium for some post-dinner remarks as well.

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