Ted Kennedy, the man upon whose shoulders was foisted the Kennedy family for better or worse. In spite of all his flaws he was rock solid. The fact that he faced his demons head on was remarkable.
He could have easily folded up his tent and gone away yet he withstood the barrage of blows after experiencing the deaths of his three older brothers.
While a young boy he lost his brother Joe to WW I I, then as we all know that ideological assassins killed his brother John and then Robert. He also lost his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver just a few weeks ago.
When he drove his car off of Dike's Bridge and the resulting accident took the life of Mary Jo Kopechne, one would think that such a regrettable action would have certainly doomed this man, leaving him to broken to carry the unimaginable tragic burdens still to come at him and his family.
In spite of his personal frailties and surviving a plane crash, he still managed 47 years of untiring and unwavering service to his country. He worked very hard for the less fortunate and he was well respected by his opposition.
George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, released a statement early Wednesday morning on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.
"While we didn’t see eye-to-eye on many political issues through the years, I always respected his steadfast public service - so much so, in fact, that I invited him to my library in 2003 to receive the Bush Award for Excellence in Public Service," President Bush said. "Ted Kennedy was a seminal figure in the United States Senate - a leader who answered the call to duty for some 47 years, and whose death closes a remarkable chapter in that body’s history."
Kennedy was the first American to receive the Bush Award. In November 2003, the Massachusetts Democrat received the honor from the former president at the Texas A&M-based library.
"We are not here to celebrate a partisan ideology," Mr. Bush said that evening, "but rather, the steadfast public service of a seminal figure in the U.S. Senate, and by extension, his remarkable family."
The widow of another president, Ronald Reagan, was one of the first to speak out from the Republican Party.
“Given our political differences, people are sometimes surprised by how close Ronnie and I have been to the Kennedy family,” Nancy Reagan said in a statement from Los Angeles.
“But Ronnie and Ted could always find common ground, and they had great respect for one another. In recent years, Ted and I found our common ground in stem cell research, and I considered him an ally and a dear friend. I will miss him.”
I too will miss Ted Kennedy, if you look at any piece of legislation over the past 50 years and if it had anything to do with the advancement of civil rights, education, equal pay, health or economic issues for the everyday man and woman it will also have his name attached to it.
Thanks for all that you have contributed to this country not only in mind but in blood too. "RIP" Ted.