Edward M. Kennedy 1932 – 2009

The death was announced Wednesday morning in a statement by the Kennedy family.

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port,” the statement said. “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.”



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61 responses to “Edward M. Kennedy 1932 – 2009

  1. TempeBev

    So very sad – what a loss. As I read on another blog, what a fitting tribute it would be to have healthcare reform called “the Kennedy Bill.”

  2. dog's eye view


    Thought of you, Brian, on hearing the news. Know how much you admired Senator Kennedy.

  3. Yeah it’s pretty sad news for me, I’m hoping that this moment won’t be lost and his passing will strengthen our reserve to push for immediate universal health care for all Americans.


    Its hard to think of a family that gave more to this country than the Kennedys.He will be missed.

    One of my favorite Kennedy speeches.I think its more relevant today than ever.

  5. dnd

    Sad day.

    Interesting that his DNC speech was one year from the day he died.

  6. eProf2

    RIP: Edward “Ted” Kennedy!

  7. nannymm

    We all knew that Teddy was gravely ill and, I suppose, we also knew that he would soon be leaving us, but I wasn’t ready for this day. I doubt many of us who grew up in the Kennedy era were.
    I never met him, yet I feel as if I’ve always known him. May he rest in peace.
    And may we, as a country, be more like him. May we set aside our political ambitions and learn to work together for the good of all. That would be the best tribute we can give him.

  8. nannymm

    Joe Biden has just given a beautifully moving tribute to Ted. Clearly, this is a tough day for many of us.

  9. Statement from Judy Shepard on the Legacy of the Late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy

    August 26, 2009

    “Today, Dennis and I and the board and staff of the Matthew Shepard Foundation send our heartfelt condolences to the family of U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, who passed away this morning after a valiant struggle with cancer.

    “In the years since Matthew was taken from us, Sen. Kennedy proved himself a true friend, reaching out to us countless times, first to share in our grief, and as time passed, increasingly to partner with us in a cause that was dear to his heart — advancing America’s unfinished work to end hatred and bigotry.

    “Gay and lesbian Americans, their families, friends and neighbors have never had a stronger friend in the United States Senate than Sen. Kennedy, and today we are among the millions of citizens reflecting on the sheer volume of his contribution to equality. Be it protection from hate crimes, or from workplace discrimination, or from the AIDS epidemic, he was always at the forefront of every effort.

    “Sen. Kennedy was the leading sponsor of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act when we started work so many years ago to enact this vital protection, and he remained a leading sponsor all throughout the many years of debate, which continue today.

    “For his death to come at the very moment that the Senate is struggling to address critical health care reforms underscores the role he has always played in bringing both parties together. We share in the sorrow of everyone whose well-being was improved by Sen. Kennedy’s decades of work, and salute him for his unmatched spirit of public service.”

    Judy Shepard
    President, Board of Directors, Matthew Shepard Foundation

  10. NAACP Mourns the Passing of Senator Ted Kennedy

    The NAACP Mourns the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, stalwart and courageous leader for civil and human rights. He championed more civil rights initiatives of the NAACP than any other senator in U.S. history. He was a fearless and passionate advocate for the heath care reform that our country critically needs. Our prayers go out to Senator Kennedy’s family, he will be profoundly missed.

  11. dnd

    “Heated partisan debate over President Obama’s health care plan, erupting at town hall meetings and in the blogosphere, has more to do with our illogical thought processes than reality, sociologists are finding.”


  12. nannymm

    I didn’t need a sociologist to tell me that, dnd. I suspect none of us in the reality based community didn’t. 😉

  13. nannymm

    Bob Cesca is my new hero.

    Healthcare Reform Named After Ted Kennedy Must Not Suck

  14. dnd

    Ted Kennedy was the master of compromise and consensus building. He frequently said that the perfect is the enemy of the possible. The Senate Finance Committee and gang-of-six should keep that in mind while crafting a health insurance reform bill.

  15. I’m not sure we’re really going to get a bill out finance d.

    Mike Enzi, Gang Of Six Republican, Admits He’s Simply Blocking Health Care Reform


  16. nannymm

    Mike Enzi is another pig.

  17. Perhaps the new mantra/slogan/catch-phrase/sound bite to honor Sen. Kennedy should be : MEDICARE FOR ALL ! don-aldo

  18. dnd

    Yeah, but Sen. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico is pondering reconciliation.

  19. nannymm

    Hey, Mesa, welcome!
    Eprof and I have been screaming Universal Single Payer Healthcare as our mantra for a very long time! Welcome aboard.

  20. eProf2

    Yes, Mesa, Medicare for All!

  21. nannymm

    Yeah, Baby!!!

  22. eProf2

    Congress should pass HR 676 and rename it: The Kennedy Universal Health Care Act of 2009. Medicare for All in layman’s terms.

  23. nannymm

    We need to march on Washington to get that message home.

  24. eProf2

    Here is a home page for HR 676:


  25. dog's eye view

    Senator Kennedy personally intervened to bring a Russian child, with her family, to the US for medical care. Her father is now a prominent researcher at MIT. And the daughter?

    “Inspired by Kennedy’s life of public service, Jessica Katz works at finding housing for the homeless in New York City. She says she has no choice but to look after those less fortunate than she is, because Kennedy proved to her how much it means, and that it can work.

    Jessica Katz lacks the cynicism about the government that many others in her generation may have. Kennedy, she said, proved that some politicians have a desire to accomplish good things and fight injustice.”


  26. I had three occasions to meet with the senator when I worked with the American Liver Foundation, every time our meeting went far longer than scheduled and on our second and third visit the senator not only remembered about my liver disease but was up to date on the current state of treatment and also inquired as to what the state of my health was.

  27. President Obama will deliver a eulogy at Sen. Kennedy’s funeral in Boston this weekend, a White House official said.

  28. dnd

    Breaking news: NM Gov. Bill Richardson not indicted in pay-for-play charge. Maybe now President Obama can use his diplomatic skills.

  29. dnd

    That politico piece is so full of it. Citing people like Rush Limbaugh as a conservative is like citing Monty Python as Shakespearian.

    Wingnut Republicans may be worried of the “Wellstone effect” as well they should, but conservatives, not so much. Didn’t Rush see partisans like Hatch and McCain sing praise to Kennedy?

    Oh, and BTW, didn’t the Republicans politicize Reagan’s death?

  30. There’s another type of repug?

  31. dnd

    “There’s another type of repug?”

    Yes there is. Kennedy showed us that. And in the bipartisan spirit of Ted Kennedy, I’d suggest we quit referring to them as “repugs.” That’s as offensive as those right-wingnuts like Rush referring to the “Democrat party.”

  32. Yeah but they all seem to been struck mute as of late!

  33. dnd

    It was one year ago, on a beautiful evening at Denver’s Mile High Stadium, Barack Obama accepted his party’s nomination to be their candidate for President of the United States.

  34. Where has the time gone d!

  35. nannymm

    If it was right (just) Teddy championed it.

  36. Well that’s the first time I’ve actually enjoyed what came out of Orin Hatch’s mouth.

  37. dnd

    That was the only Irish wake I’ve ever seen that didn’t have an open bar.

    Or maybe they did and it was just off camera…

  38. dog's eye view

    caught some of service on CSpan, without benefit of anchor-babble.

    Where was GHW Bush? Was he or Barbara ill?

    Thought son Ted’s eulogy was just perfect.

  39. Both sons did an outstanding job and yes I was struck by 41 and his heffer’s absence.

  40. d didn’t you get invited to the after party? Damn the place was swimming in Bushmills.

  41. dnd

    Memo to GHWB:

    “If you don’t go to other people’s funerals, they won’t go to yours.”

    — Yogi Berra

  42. Exactly d, if Carter could show up 41 has no excuse. BTW at first I was a little disappointing that Teddy wasn’t going to lie in repose in the Capitol rotunda, but I’ve really enjoyed the Boston quality to the entire funeral.

  43. dnd

    Ya know, after a month of the press giving coverage to nothing but the wackjobs at town hall meetings, it was very refreshing to see coverage of normal, respectful Americans this week.

    Just out of curiosity this morning I tuned into Fox, and they had Shep Smith, probably the only moderate they employ, covering the Mass. And he was singing the praises of Kennedy. I don’t know if this was out of decency from Fox, or if Smith’s agent is trying to get him a job at CNN, but either way, it was nice to see.

  44. “Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

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