Sen. Duckworth on resilience, fear, and being ‘at peace’ in new memoir | USA TODAY

Sen. Duckworth on resilience, fear, and being 'at peace' in new memoir | USA TODAY 1


Sen. Tammy Duckworth's discusses childhood poverty, losing her legs in combat, and becoming a U.S. Senator in her new memoir 'Every Day is a Gift.'


In her memoir, "Every Day Is a Gift," Duckworth describes an astonishing life journey. At age 3 or 4 in Bangkok, she ran to check that the family had a store of rice the instant she heard her American father was returning to the United States without her and her Thai Chinese mother. As a teenager in Hawaii, she scavenged pennies and sold roses on the roadside to raise money to buy food for her family.

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53 Comments on "Sen. Duckworth on resilience, fear, and being ‘at peace’ in new memoir | USA TODAY"

  1. She’s nuts.

  2. Brian Lawson | March 28, 2021 at 1:14 PM | Reply

    Ya people do take this nation for granted… thats why we need to finish our border wall and tell all these activists to shut the hell up and leave us alone!

    • Jaime Stardust | March 28, 2021 at 3:09 PM | Reply

      @Pluntch Gunster I mean it’s not so simple as all that. They were even constructing pretty crucial levees for flooding as well. Now it’s all stopped, and in all likely hood will be a major disaster when the floods come. But I know, orange man bad and so’s his evil racist wall!

    • Pluntch Gunster | March 28, 2021 at 3:17 PM | Reply

      @Jaime Stardust Again, you say wall, its a fence. A fence with massive gaps that blows over in the wind. I thought you were against mislabeling things? Also mexico isnt paying for it. You are, for the fence.

    • Sam Jacobs Junior | March 28, 2021 at 5:41 PM | Reply

      @Pluntch Gunster im confused, would you rather pay for a wall that deters and makes it harder for people from coming in or pay for illegal immigrants to live here?

    • @Sam Jacobs Junior How ignorant. You don’t realize that the majority fly in via airlines?

    • Sam Jacobs Junior | March 28, 2021 at 6:22 PM | Reply

      @Sun Shine how they get here makes no difference our tax money are still going to them.

  3. Tom Dibattista | March 28, 2021 at 1:24 PM | Reply

    Glorifying racists and slandering heroes. Classic USA TODAY. Textbook BLUE-ANON.

  4. See my playlists | March 28, 2021 at 1:40 PM | Reply

    “Lets create a tragedy and have them write a book about it every single week”

  5. Trevor Noah trashes humans for their human error…

  6. Lisette Lehner | March 28, 2021 at 1:46 PM | Reply


  7. Illinois would like to apologize for Tammy, she is an embarrassment to the state.

  8. A senator who refuses to confirm WHITE PEOPLE who are nominated to cabinet and administration positions. No chance of that federal job because of the color of your skin. A lawmaker who doesn’t respect or understand the fundamentals of Equal Opportunity law — or maybe EEOC just doesn’t apply to her. Some of us are more equal than others, I suppose.

    • @Peter Van Horn You need to take just one look at the majority who represent this diversified nation — that’s where you’ll see racism.

    • Octavio Tapatío | March 28, 2021 at 6:01 PM | Reply

      @Sun Shine You’re still a racist and support racism though.

    • @Octavio Tapatío Requesting a government that is reflective of all people in this nation is racist???

    • Octavio Tapatío | March 28, 2021 at 6:18 PM | Reply

      @Sun Shine Are you saying the best person for the job shouldn’t be the goal, but make our government diverse even if the less qualified are put in positions that require the best?

    • Octavio Tapatío | March 28, 2021 at 6:22 PM | Reply

      @Sun Shine You’re Racist for assuming minorities like me aren’t smart enough to qualify because of our diversity. Do you even realize how ignorant you sound when you say government should be reflective of its population? You do realize the US is almost 3/4 white. According to you, we’d be represented less.

  9. Congratulations! Sen. Duckworth has moved to 3rd place in the dumbest senator award. Right behind Durbin and Hirono. Fyi Trump Won

  10. Tammy Duckworth being celebrated for racism. Good job USA Today

    • How’s that?

    • Really isn’t hard to find.

      Earlier, Duckworth told CBS News, “I’m voting no on all non-diversity nominees until they figure that out.”

      Racism is racism regardless if its antiwhite, antiblack, antinative, antiasian

    • @Bnic5 Have you given a look at the people who represent this diversified nation?

    • Octavio Tapatío | March 28, 2021 at 5:57 PM | Reply

      @Sun Shine I agree with you that Joe Biden is a racist. What do you expect from a man and a Democrat party that eulogized a Democrat Senator KKK member and called him a “mentor” and an “example “

    • @Sun Shine Qualifications matter

  11. The Watchman | March 28, 2021 at 2:26 PM | Reply

    Jesus Christ Is King Of Kings And Lord Of Lord’s…

  12. 🤨 When killers use guns against people that Don’t have guns, do they stop the killing with guns or laws? 🤔🤔
    And if people have to give up guns to stop people that are killing us with guns, how do you protect people if you don’t have weapons… And why do you want the police and military to give up their guns? 👀
    You don’t just want average at home jane doe to be home alone without protection, do you?

  13. She is a shining example to the kids today that literally anyone can become part of the us government. Even if you are terrible at it.

  14. I think USA Today has lost its mojo. Look at the ratios every day. Nuff said. That’s what happens when you turn into a full on propaganda rag for one party. I used to read USA today every day. Now it’s not even worthy for litter boxes.

  15. Everyone has their own problems, even those not in the public eye.

  16. Pauly Huipio | March 28, 2021 at 4:13 PM | Reply

    Virtue signalling, race hustler.

  17. Walter Heisenberg | March 28, 2021 at 5:12 PM | Reply

    Why is she such a race baiter?

  18. At least you survived unlike my brother when his was shot down

  19. This is Tammy’ s personal problem and opinion .
    The asian community or Thai community never appointed her to speak for or represent all asians. There are many wealthy,middle class asians too and many asians Prefer asian spouses.

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