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Walter Frederick Mondale (born January 5, 1928) is an American politician and member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. He was the 42nd Vice President of the United States (1977-81) under President Jimmy Carter, a two-term United States Senator from Minnesota, and the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1984. Later, during the administration of Democratic President Bill Clinton, he served as the United States Ambassador to Japan from 1993 to 1996.
Point of Interest: He may or may not have killed a guy.
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Son of a preacher in Minnesota town
Walter Fredrick Mondale, he saw his ups and downs
Political ambition and America he loved this land
Hubert Humphrey's protégé he took his senate seat
Elected then for two more terms he knew not of defeat
Little did he know that devil has the best laid plans
Chosen as the first hand to the good Jimmy Carter
He said I am a democrat but I am not a martyr
A VP should do more than hang around just in case the president should die
He moved his office to the white house and he showed the whole world why
His legacy would fly, it is written in the sky from here to Lawndale
A man destined to be great, but soon it'd be too late, Mondale
The year was 1980 when Ron Regan came to town
An old loveable cowboy, he knocked Jim Carter down
'84 came quickly when Mondale said "I'll join the race"
Be he said he'd raise their taxes, he couldn't do the dance
The camera did not like him, Mondale didn't stand a chance
Not even Ms. Ferraro could shield him from his disgrace
In a cold early November his head buried in his hands
49 to 2 he cried he couldn't understand, just how fall he'd fallen
All across his beloved land
He tried presidency, he just couldn't make it be hoping that Ron fail
It can make a man insane, failure burning in his veins, Mondale
Many years were passing as he practiced the lands law
Til Clinton made him ambassador to Japan, konichiwa
But no appointment could erase his memories of the campaign trail
2002 Paul Wellstone died and left a senate seat
His wife Joan said "Fritz, please don't run you won't live through a defeat"
He said "I belong in Washington and, baby, this time I won't fail"
The night he lost to Norm Coleman he drove up to Coleman's place
He said "Here's my concession" then he shot him in the face
Set fire to the body then left without a trace
He would not take the plea and I'm rhyming randomly ... pond snail
He tried to wrap his hands around the holiest of grails
Now his face is gray a tired, his body old and frail
As he sits there rotting in a Minnesota jail, Mondale
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