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Obama Issues Statment on The Passing of Senator Kennedy

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

For nearly 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.

His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity; in children who know education’s promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me.

In the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth and good cheer. He battled passionately on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintained warm friendships across party lines. And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

I personally 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 benefited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

His fight gave us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye. The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives.

For America, he was a defender of a dream. For his family, he was a guardian. 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.

Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama

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The Lion Of The Senate: Edward M. Kennedy 1932-2009


…”Beneath it all, he has tried to engender a social conscience. There were wrongs which needed attention. There were people who were poor and needed help. And we have a responsibility to them and to this country. Through no virtues and accomplishments of our own, we have been fortunate enough to be born in the United States under the most comfortable conditions. We, therefore, have a responsibility to others who are less well off.”…

– Edward M. Kennedy, address at the Public Memorial Service for Robert F. Kennedy.

Early this morning news reports of the death of Senator Edward M. (Teddy) Kennedy started filtering through the media. Senator Kennedy passed quietly on Cape Cod after fighting brain cancer for more than a year.

Over the next few days and weeks many will eulogize Senator Kennedy for all that he and his family have meant to this country, but I don’t think anyone will come close to honoring Teddy’s memory in such a way, as he did when he stood in front of mourners and eulogized his bother Robert Kennedy after his assassination in 1968.

Senator Kennedy spoke both passionately and strongly about his brother that day, his voice, only quivering at the end when he quoted his late brother:
“My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life; to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.

As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

“Some men see things as they are and say why.
I dream things that never were and say why not.”

Much of what Edward Kennedy said about his brother Robert that day can be echoed and applied to himself.
Edward Kennedy spent much of his life fighting in the US Senate, for the princles that he and his family believed in and he will be sorely missed by all, whether you like him or not.

Listen to the eulogy of Robert F. Kennedy >>>Here

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>Kennedy returns to decide Medicare vote

>Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) returned to the Senate Wednesday to break a stalemate on stalled Medicare legislation, making his first appearance in the chamber since he was diagnosed two months ago with brain cancer.

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Kennedy returns to decide Medicare vote

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) returned to the Senate Wednesday to break a stalemate on stalled Medicare legislation, making his first appearance in the chamber since he was diagnosed two months ago with brain cancer.

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