Edward Kennedy Obituary


Edward Kennedy dies at 77; ‘liberal lion of the Senate’




The Massachusetts Democrat was the last surviving son in a legendary political family. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008.


By Rich Simon and Claudia Luther
Los Angeles Times
August 26, 2009


Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Democrat and icon of American liberal politics who was the last surviving brother of a legendary political family, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Mass., his family announced. He was 77.


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2 Responses to “Edward Kennedy Obituary”

  1. Tom Degan says:

    In a life that is littered with ironies, here’s the biggest one of all: His three older brothers – Joe, Jack and Bobby – are eternally frozen in our imagination as the personifications of youth and vigor (or “vigah”). How poignant that our final image of the baby of that family will be as an old man, frail and mortally ill.

    His was the most impressive evolution in American political history. Let’s be honest; in 1962 the guy was a lightweight. He ran for the Democratic nomination against another young man, Edward McCormick, whose uncle was the speaker of the House of Representatives. During a debate McCormick told him that were it not for his name, his candidacy would be viewed as a joke. It was a point well made. It is obvious when looking at film of that campaign that our boy Ted is in way over his head.

    Who would have dared dream all those years ago that this punk kid would one day evolve into the greatest senator ever to walk those halls?

    An incredible realization just came to me: Teddy represented the state of Massachusetts for forty-six years, eight months and nineteen days. That is nearly three months longer than all the years his older brother Jack lived on earth. Forgive the cliche that is so overused it has become trite through repetition, but this really is the end of an era.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

  2. Roast Coffee says:

    Teddy will be greatly missed, he stood by the things he stood for. You may not have agreed with him all the time or thought him to liberal, but for a man with all the money he has he worked on what he thought was best.

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