By MARK MOONEY and RUSSELL GOLDMAN
Aug. 26, 2009
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“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.” Read more on the Official website of Senator Ted Kennedy
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2009 AT 7:18 PM
Posted by Jesse LeeIt is no coincidence that for all of the diversity in President Obama’s Cabinet, virtually every member has been touched in a profound way by the life of Senator Ted Kennedy. Below is a sample of statements that have been issued today.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:
"Today I join all Americans in mourning the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of our nation’s finest statesmen and a dear friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Senator Kennedy’s wife Vicki, his children, grandchildren, and all the members of the extended Kennedy family.
"For five decades, Senator Kennedy was at the heart of our greatest debates, serving on the front lines of democracy. With optimism and courage, he helped us meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of our times. He was a champion for women and families, for health care, education, civil rights and the environment. He inspired generation after generation of young Americans to enter public service, to stand up for justice and to fight for progress. And he was a legislator without peer, who understood both when to stand his ground and when to seek out the common ground on which compromise and progress is built.
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Today, with the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, the American people have lost a great patriot, and the Kennedy family has lost a beloved patriarch. Over a lifetime of leadership, Senator Kennedy’s statesmanship and political prowess produced a wealth of accomplishment that has improved opportunity for every American.
Senator Kennedy had a grand vision for America, and an unparalleled ability to effect change. Rooted in his deep patriotism, his abiding faith, and his deep concern for the least among us, no one has done more than Senator Kennedy to educate our children, care for our seniors, and ensure equality for all Americans.
Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration. Read complete article by Speaker Nancy Pelosi - THE GAVEL
Brown pays tribute to Ted Kennedy
Gordon Brown and other UK politicians have paid tribute to US Senator Edward Kennedy, highlighting his role in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Mr Kennedy, who has died aged 77, was admired around the world and would be mourned everywhere, Mr Brown said.
Predecessor Tony Blair said Mr Kennedy had shown a "passionate commitment" to a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
Tory leader David Cameron said Mr Kennedy was one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate.
Mr Kennedy, brother of John and Robert Kennedy, was a leading figure in US and international politics for more than 40 years.
He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour last year but remained active in politics and campaigned on behalf of Barack Obama during last year's US presidential election.
Mr Brown said Mr Kennedy was admired around the world for his efforts to help the under-privileged. Read complete article on BBC NEWS UK Politics