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PostSubject: Senator Ted Kennedy R.I.P.   Thu Aug 27, 2009 1:20 pm

Mourning the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy



President Obama spoke this morning from Martha's Vineyard on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy:
I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy.

Over
the past several years, I've had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a
counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was
coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread.

Since
Teddy's diagnosis last year, we've seen the courage with which he
battled his illness. And while these months have no doubt been
difficult for him, they've also let him hear from people in every
corner of our nation and from around the world just how much he meant
to all of us. His fight has given 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. 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 myself.

The Kennedy name
is synonymous with the Democratic Party. And at times, Ted was the
target of partisan campaign attacks. But 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 could
passionately battle others and do so peerlessly on the Senate floor for
the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintain 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.

His extraordinary life on
this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did
lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the
defender of a dream.

I spoke earlier this morning to Senator
Kennedy's beloved wife, Vicki, who was to the end such a wonderful
source of encouragement and strength. Our thoughts and prayers are
with her, his children Kara, Edward, and Patrick; his stepchildren
Curran and Caroline; the entire Kennedy family; decades' worth of his
staff; the people of Massachusetts; and all Americans who, like us,
loved Ted Kennedy.







"For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die." -- Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009
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