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Karl Rove Celebrates Heritage; Doesn't Give in to Attacks from Democrats
Karl Rove recently attended the Norsk Hostfest and was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame. While in North Dakota to celebrate his Scandinavian roots, he did not give in to attacks from democrats saying, "I am going to let the comments of the Democrats stand unanswered. Let them say what they want to say. I am going to stay focused on what we share as Scandinavian Americans." He also refused to respond to Dems at a news conference.
"I would rather keep politics out of this," Rove said. "This is about our shared experiences as Americans. It's an honor to be invited. I am honored to be inducted."
Earlier this month, the executive director of the North Dakota Democratic Party called the former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush, a "political attack dog" and criticized the Republican governor of North Dakota, John Hoeven and also Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, for consenting to introduce Rove at the induction ceremony. Hoeven ended up declining because of a send-off for the National Guard troops.
During his seven years in the George W. Bush Administration, Rove was one of two Norwegian Americans in the White House. The other was Navy Rear Adm. Mike Miller, a Minot native who previously was inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.
Karl Rove's Scandinavian Roots
Rove was selected to be inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame because of his Norwegian roots. His great-great-grandfather, Olaf Rove, was a Norwegian immigrant. While living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the early 1900s, he helped other Norwegian immigrants make their way to America.
Karl Rove recounted that when he was in the White House, he had his grandfather's passports and diplomatic certificate as the vice counsel for Norway framed and hanging on the wall. These caught the eye of the Norwegian ambassador who was able to find documents relating to Olaf Rove. These documents showed that when Norway gained its independence from Sweden, Olaf Rove was asked to be the Norwegian counsel in America, similar to ambassador today. All he had to do was move to New York and give up his American citizenship. Olaf Rove's response was that he could not give up his citizenship, "it was too dear a price."
The Scandinavian Hall of Fame
The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame is a way to honor persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have great achievements in their field and/or whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of mankind.
Past inductees include: Buzz Aldrin, Walter Mondale, Charles A. Lindbergh, Eric Sevareid, Byron Dorgan, Charley Pride, Peggy Lee. Ralph Engelstad, and Theodore Roosevelt Association and Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, among several others.
The Norsk Hostfest is the largest Scandinavian Festival in North America. It is a time for Scandinavians to come together to celebrate their heritage and their ancestors' immigration into America. The Festival is usually held during the end of September/beginning of October in Minot, North Dakota. Every year they have great entertainment. This year's line-up included Reba McEntire, Clint Black, George Jones, Ray Stevens and Frankie Vallie. They also have several attractions, shopping and a lot of authentic Scandinavian food.