The astonishing legacy and story of Senator Wadie P. Deddeh, as he describes and recalls his amazing life, is bigger than any one of us.
Some would say the United States is living out its most disturbing and alienating era in politics, characterized by a gaping partisan divide. This biography of former California senator Wadie P. Deddeh reminds us of the inherent values and principles that this country was founded on and the true meaning of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. We desperately need to hear this story and reflect on the depth of the true meaning of the United States of America and how it inspired a life to do great things.
Senator Deddeh’s career exemplifies the type of leadership that people yearn for and that the world so desperately needs.
“Senator Deddeh, you are not just Wadie Deddeh, a senator. You are the heart of the Senate. Now that you are retiring, you are taking our hearts with you” (Senator David Roberti, president pro tem, 1993).
“Wadie Deddeh has, through all his remarkable and admirable career, been a great patriot and a great teacher, even more by his example than by precept. His personal and political courage made possible the personal and political honesty that I witnessed and so admire” (Former Governor Pete Wilson).
“Senator Deddeh embodies the American Dream: a story of strength, honor, and perseverance. As an immigrant, he overcame great odds to become a California state senator and a role model for this generation. It was an honor to work for him in the legislature” (Sam Attisha, Senior Vice President and region manager of Cox Communications, California).