What they're saying: Obama leads messages of support for John Lewis.

If there's one thing I love about @RepJohnLewis, it's his incomparable will to fight. I know he's got a lot more of that left in him. Praying for you, my friend."

— Obama's tweet

The big picture: Obama presented Lewis, 79 with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011. He helped lead the 1963 civil rights March on Washington and has served in the House since 1987.

  • Per Axios' Zachary Basu, Lewis' endorsement of an impeachment inquiry in September "was seen as one of several significant turning points in the impeachment of President Trump."

What they're saying:

  • Former President Bill Clinton tweeted, "If there's anyone with the strength and courage to fight this, it's you, John. Hillary and I love you, and we join with millions of other Americans in praying for you and your family."
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a Twitter post, "we are all praying for you following this diagnosis. John, know that generations of Americans have you in their thoughts & prayers as you face this fight. We are all praying that you are comfortable. We know that you will be well."
  • Democratic presidential candidate and Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg tweeted, "John Lewis is a living example of strength that America needs now more than ever. We will be pulling for him and praying for him and his family as he battles cancer with his characteristic grace and courage."
  • 2020 candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said on Twitter, "My heart is with Rep. John Lewis and his family. He's always been a fighter, and I know he'll continue making good trouble. Stay strong, John."
  • Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Andrew Yang tweeted, "You can fight this and win ... like you have fought so many times before."
  • Former Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who was on the receiving end of a warm tributefrom Lewis when he retired this year, tweeted, "Praying for my friend, @repjohnlewis as he begins his fight against cancer. They don't make them stronger or braver, and I'm confident he will take on this challenge as he has every other he's faced: with courage and determination fueled by his strong faith."

Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) said on Twitter, "I'm keeping the Conscience of the House, @repjohnlewis, in my thoughts and prayers tonight. You're not alone in this fight, my friend. The whole nation, which owes you an incredible debt, is with you.

Go Deeper.

Axios, December 30, 2019

December 30, 2019
Voices4America Post Script. This Post talks a bit about who he is and what others say.
Honor him. Think of him. Pray for him. #RepJohnLewis #GreatMan #GoodMan

Here are a few more tributes.

Here is the original Axios coverage of Representative John Lewis's illness. Zachary Basu, December 29, 2019

Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) is undergoing treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer, his office announced Sunday.

The big picture: The 79-year-old Lewis is a civil rights icon who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and is often referred to as "the conscience of the House." He helped lead the 1963 March on Washington and has served in the House since 1987. Lewis' decision to come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry in September was seen as one of several significant turning points in the impeachment of President Trump.

What he's saying:

"I have been in some kind of fight — for freedom, equality, basic human rights — for nearly my entire life. I have never faced a fight quite like the one I have now."
This month in a routine medical visit, and subsequent tests, doctors discovered Stage IV pancreatic cancer. This diagnosis has been reconfirmed.
While I am clear-eyed about the prognosis, doctors have told me that recent medical advances have made this type of cancer treatable in many cases, that treatment options are no longer as debilitating as they once were, and that I have a fighting chance.
So I have decided to do what I know to do and do what I have always done: I am going to fight it and keep fighting for the Beloved Community. We still have many bridges to cross.
To my constituents: being your representative in Congress is the honor of a lifetime. I will return to Washington in coming days to continue our work and begin my treatment plan, which will occur over the next several weeks. I may miss a few votes during this period, but with God's grace I will be back on the front lines soon.
Please keep me in your prayers as I begin this journey."
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