Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

By Paul Schmelzer
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at 7:34 am
Sen. Ted Kennedy  Photo: WDCpix

Sen. Ted Kennedy Photo: WDCpix

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, died late Tuesday in Hyannis Port, Mass., after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

The Kennedy family released a statement via Kennedy’s Senate office at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. From Playbook:

Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.

The White House released the following statement from President Obama:

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague.  I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency.  And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.

Our hearts and prayers go out to them today–to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

As his family and colleagues react, the New York Times is already asking who his successor will be.



Comment posted August 26, 2009 @ 9:41 am

i guess the kennedy legend died yesterday. to bad, we don’t have enough people in the senate that actually care about the american people. let’s hope the democratic party can come up with someone cut from the same cloth. unlikely, considering the reality of politics. to bad about health care, without kennedy we won’t have one of the few people that could bring something real to the american people. he didn’t carry a gun but one of our warriors just died.

Edwin forprogress.org
Comment posted August 28, 2009 @ 1:11 am

It saddens me to see how little people know about all that he accomplished:


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