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Sen. Edward Kennedy listens to fellow Democrats criticize the House economic stimulus package passed earlier, during a Washington news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. Kennedy has died after battling a brain tumor, his family announced early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP)

Sen. Edward Kennedy during a news conference in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2001. Kennedy has died after battling a brain tumor, his family announced early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP)

Senator Ted Kennedy — liberal lion and liberal lightning rod — died last night at 77.

He was the last of nine children in a storied American political family. The last of a generation of Kennedy brothers who left a nearly incalculable mark on American politics and culture.
JFK. RFK. Teddy.

As senator, Ted Kennedy became, over decades, legend and workhorse. Champion of the disenfranchised. Friend to Republican peers. Key supporter of Barack Obama.

This hour, On Point: the passing of Ted Kennedy and the state of the dream he said would never die.

You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.


Gerald Seib, executive Washington editor and “Capital Journal” columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He’s co-author of “Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power.”

Martin Nolan, former Washington bureau chief and editorial page editor for The Boston Globe. His obituary for Ted Kennedy runs in today’s paper.

Senator Judd Gregg, Republican of New Hampshire.

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic.

Ross K. Baker, professor of political science at Rutgers University and author of “House and Senate” (4th edition, 2008), “Strangers on a Hill: Congress and the Court” and “Friend and Foe in the U.S. Senate.”

Bob Shrum, longtime Democratic strategist. He was press secretary for Senator Kennedy from 1980 to 1984, and served as Kennedy’s principal speechwriter during and after the 1980 presidential campaign. He’s the author of “No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner.”

See full coverage of Ted Kennedy from WBUR, and a timeline of his life from NPR.org.

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  • Diamond Dave

    So long Ted
    Today is the first day of the rest of your life

  • Ed Helmrich

    The Kennedy’s, Ted included, didn’t follow the Catholic Church’s teachings in some areas very well, but in these days of bashing Catholics it must be pointed out that their sense of social justice came from their Catholic faith.

  • Mike

    Thank you for returning from vacation to do the show.

  • Michael

    Sad that he did, he will be missed.

  • NY Cat Mom

    I speak for the countless number of liberal New Yorkers who longed for a Ted Kennedy to represent us. Elected the year I was born, I have come to consider you a hero. You were the voice for millions of people who thought no one cared. To lose you after losing my other hero, Paul Wellstone, is a heavy load to bear. My condolences to the Kennedy family. Thank you for sharing Teddy with us for so long. Let’s hope Senator Brown from Ohio can carry some of the load.

  • Mickey Foster

    Ted Kennedy was able to live a long life, have a career, he was able to have children and grandchildren of his own. The same cannot be said for Mary Jo Kopechne, whose death he his soley responsible for.

  • montarro

    Senator Kennedy always championed and fought for improving the lives of the poor and unfortunate. He valued people rather than corporate profits. President Obama is no Ted Kennedy.

  • Putney Swope

    Senator Ted Kennedy was a compassionate and brilliant politician. The shame of it all is that the democrat’s don’t have anyone who can fill this mans shoes at a time when it is most needed. He fought for the underclasses and the good of the country as a whole. His ability to reach across the aisle and negotiate made him one of the most successful legislators of our time. He will be missed. My thoughts and condolences go out too the Kennedy family.

    Mickey Foster shame on you and anyone else who would use this forum for their own personal gain on the back of a mans death. Have some respect for the departed. Ted Kennedy payed for his transgressions in his life and more than made up for the mistakes he made.

  • Lilya Lopheka

    I saw the Greatest Senator Edward Kennedy in my dream last night.

    He was sitting down, with a white cane in his hand. There was a giant map of the United States, with a red, white and blue background.

    He pointed his cane towards Conneciticut, he softly said to me: “Lilya, I want you to move to Connecticut, run for the Senate and get that Lieberman guy out of the Senate. Be the next Liberal Lioness, please bring justice and integrity to our Foreign Policy.”

    I instantly shook up and said: “Yes, Sir. I will”.

    And then He smiled and said: “I know, you will; but, next time, call me Ted”.

  • wavre

    @ Mikey

    Don’t let a tree make you miss the forest.Ted Kennedy was a giant and a positive force in world politics and in the social issues of this country legislation wise. Maybe his altruism and relentless pursuit of social justice for all, was an attempt to make amend for that unfortunate and regrettable accident? He had since than,gained,ten time over,our respect and gratitude.

    May he rest in peace

  • Martha

    Kennedy “nickle dimed” us to death with usless programs like Head Start, WIC, Earned Income Credit instead of a basic gov. assisted health care insurance.

  • jeffe

    “And, when he shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with night
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

    – William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”

  • aj

    Ted Kennedy King of the Jungle(Senate) Rest In Peace.

    Here, Here! to the Liberal Lioness. Go get him! I volunteer to be on that campaign,..

    ” I feel Chaaaaaanggggee in the air! “

  • Brent

    I feel honored as a resident of this great state to have voted for you, Ted. Thank you for everything you did for us and you will be sorely missed. My condolences to the Kennedy Family, thank you for sharing Ted and the rest of your family with us. God Bless.

  • Brian

    As a proud Union member and Massachusetts resident I am thankful and proud of Senator Kennedy and his service to all Americans.

    May he be in peace.

  • Andrea Eagles

    I feel like I’ve lost a cherished family member. Upon hearing the news this morning I just started crying which is uncharacteristic for me. I voted my first vote for Jack Kennedy and the family has been an inspiration in my life – no one more so in the last years than Ted who grew and shined as a statesman, conciliator and leader of the good fight, the true cause and the just for all. I am heartbroken and yet somehow inspired by his life (and his sister Eunice) to contribute to the positive nature in life by how I live my life.

  • Becky Szymcik

    I grew up in a household with Kennedy pictures and memorabilia, so the Kennedy legacy has alwasy been somehting I’ve respected and loved. During 9/11, I worked for the American Red Cross, and I remember one of the families I worked with from Leominster told me how Senator Kennedy called them to express his condolences personally, and it meant a lot to that family not only that he called, but that he called himself, on his own, not through a staffer or someone else placing the call for him. Everyone has mentioned those personal touches that made ted kennedy such a great man. The end of this era is a very sad day for Massachusetts and the country. Many of us who didn’t know him or ever meet personally are in mourning too.

  • Jennifer Klein

    So Sad! We loved you Ted Kennedy!
    Let’s show support for the health care he spent his life fighting for- and join the national march for health care reform on September 13!!

    Just go to Organizing for America at Barack Obama.com to find an event near you- you don’t even have to set up an account!

  • Ellen Dibble

    Senator Kennedy’s death feels very personal to me. He is one politician who represents me whom I never thought of trying to bend. He’s busy doing his best; let him be, let him go.
    When I came to Northampton in 1964 as a college student, Kennedy had earlier that summer crashed in a plane nearby in Southampton, and I believe was still in the hospital here. And a few years later in 1969, a sharp impression was made when he drove off the bridge in Chappaquiddick, and the young woman died, and Kennedy did not report it immediately.
    It was a lesson that one can survive disasters and also live with errors of huge dimensions and in some ways become a larger character because of it. It made me less judgmental, for one thing.
    Our politics is better because he made his large way in spite of so much.

  • Drew

    “There is no honor in squabbling over cost when literally millions are depending on us. It is a grave dishonor on this body to choose economic interests of power and wealth over the light of compassion. In the long run your denial of compassion will cost you more, much more.” Edward Kennedy

  • David

    He should have resigned when he found out he had cancer.

  • Kate

    I heard Ted Kennedy speak in New Hampshire during his ’79-’80 bid for President. It was an inspiring speech and he could not have been more gracious, allowing a few moments to speak to me as a “reporter” for my high school newspaper. He spoke to me with the respect and gravitas as he would have to any adult (not patronizing me because I was 16), indicative of the way he treated people throughout his political life.

    As one of his constituents, I will miss him dearly.

  • Ben

    I’ll posit that we wouldn’t have seen the heightened level of fierce compassion and the need to “give back” if Sen. Kennedy had not gone through the incident at Chappaquiddick. That incident points to the divide between privileged and unprivileged, but the outcome, regardless of the injustice to Mary Jo Kopechne and her family, is to the greater benefit of the country. The void will remain unfilled.

  • brianna

    “This invasion of Iraq is Cooked up in Crawford”

    What other senator out the 100 had the courage and honesty of telling us the truth, even though the media does not do its job.

    Remember 7 years ago, remember 600,000 lives ago, remember $1.4 Trillion dollars ago, remember 78000 arms and legs ago…..

    When the criminals met up in Crawford under the leadership of Dick Cheney, William Kristol and Richard Pearle, our beloved Ted was the “Only” Senator who stood against them.

    God Bless You Ted, Rest in Peace and watch us withdraw from Iraq in 2074.

  • Dianne Wilkinson

    Do the people referring to Kennedy’s championing of the “little people” realize how insulting and snobbish that term is. One gentleman referred to “insignificant, little people.” By using this term you are implying that you are superior to whomever you are referring to. I’ve heard people refer to “the little nurse” (who happened to be male), “the little nuns”, “my little (insert an ethnicity) friend”. One statesman was proudly “flying coach with the little people.” I don’t think that Kennedy ever thought of anyone as insignificant or little.

  • Gary

    Let’s get this straight…senators do nothing but bloviate. They don’t “set up” OSHA or “enable” healthcare for poor families or “create” the Americans for Disabilities Act. Other people—usually in some existing bureaucracy in the administration–do the heavy lifting and actually implement these orders handed down from Capitol Hill. Senators sit on useless subcommittees, shout orders at their staffs, patronize witnesses who are dragged in front of their feckless Senate subcommittees, play to the camera to look like “they’re doing something for the American people” following whatever is the latest financial scandal or military fiasco (usually a scandal or fiasco in which they had a hand in facilitating via their vote of approval), appear on “Meet the Press” to sound erudite and, well, senatorial, all in an effort to bide their time to become president one day.

    One thing senators do do well is deplete the Treasury of the greatest wealth ever created by past and current generations of Americans in a short 40 year-period and take out a $100 trillion mortgage for future generations to pay. Oh yeah, Kennedy was a senator all that time.

  • Kate

    As a female Gen-Xer politically coming of age during the Clarence Thomas hearings, I learned a lot from Teddy Kennedy. How could a man who was such a champion of the more vulnerable among us (including women) be so flawed in his behavior and attitude towards individual women? Chappaquiddick, Palm Beach, Anita Hill…as I age, it’s a reminder of the complexity of human behavior. You can be utterly flawed and utterly successful at the same time. Life is all nuance. I will always try to remember this before I judge and mentally sideline anyone. Godspeed to Teddy Kennedy and thank you for all your service — service you didn’t have to provide, but provided with gusto and accomplishment.

  • Louise

    God Bless you Senator Kennedy. You will be missed greatly. R.I.P.

  • Michelle

    It’s speaks a lot to the passion the Senator inspired to see the bloviating naysayers out in force on the Internet today. How sad.

    Edward Kennedy had more wit, compassion, intelligence and character in his little fingernail than the “leaders” these people gravitate too.

    He would want us to pray for America to do better.

  • http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com Tom Degan

    n 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

  • http://www.accurate-mortgage.com DJ Shah

    No amount of consolation can make up for our loss.
    We all can only celebrate our living with him during his leadership.
    All individual soul including our own is visiting us for a reason. We all move on to newer life after that. Here is a verse from ‘Bhagvad Gita’ a Hindu holy scripture…
    Na jayate mriyate va kadacin
    nayam bhutva bhavita va na bhuyah
    Ajo nityah sasvato ‘yam purano
    na hanyate hanyamane sarire

    For the soul there is never birth Nor death. Nor, having once been, does he ever cease to be. He is unborn, eternal, ever-existing, undying and primeval. He is not dead when the body is dead. (BG2.20)
    I am sure Ted Kennedy is surviving in our thoughts, values, memories and his happy legacy that changed our life so far and will keep changing ever after. His aura would transform many many young leaders yet to come. Aura of a great leader is eternal and for ever.

  • Sandra Edwards

    I now live in Ecuador, South America, but in the 80s I lobbied on the Hill for the rights of undocumented and political asylees coming in from Central America and Haiti. Kennedy was both our hero and our nemesis. He would push through asylee rights we thought would never get through, but then compromise on other key issues negatively affecting immigrants and refugees, making us feel that he turned his back on us. At the same time, we always knew that we had someone on our side fighting in the Senate – most likely doing the best he could. I am now afraid that there are few if any friends like Kennedy listening to those working to better our country – truly listening. The US will suffer for his absence.

  • Paula

    Just a small request : can someone check to see why the show is not being uploaded to iTunes this week?? I can not listnes online and look forward to the show via iTunes.

    Thank you for you attention to this matter.

  • http://www.onpointradio.org/about-on-point/wen-stephenson/ Wen Stephenson

    Regarding the podcast: we’re looking into it. Very sorry for the delay.

  • Mark Silverstein

    I have a couple of points to make and hope I make them well.
    There was a caller who just had to bring up the unfortunate accident and that Edward Kennedy would be in jail had it not been for his name and money. You and your guests were giving Senator Kennedy the respect that he deserved for his Senate accomplishment. That was his job and he did it well. In an equal example is the recent death of Michael Jackson. Nothing he did in his personal life (and not all of it was negative) could or should take away from his talent and his influence on the music scene. When someone dies it is no time to bring out any shortcomings when they made an amazing difference in our lives.
    Rush Limbaugh. Rush who so many times mocked Edward Kennedy still cannot bring himself to say anything nice about him. He even has what I consider a disrespectful picture of Senator Kennedy on his website.(under Bam’s Run). And what Rush Limbaugh did not state about Edward Kennedy’s health care is that it was probably paid for and provided through our taxes. I would not expect any less from Limbaugh and I would write what I feel, but it would be deleted. Rush should earn some respect and show some respect and apologize to the family of Senator Kennedy.

  • Louise

    His political views were radical and far out of the mainstream. If he had ever become president, I would have renounced my American citizenship and emmigrated.

  • Louise

    I came to that conclusion after learning about certain aspects of his personal life and political career tonight that I had not known prior to his passing.

  • http://www.onpointradio.org/about-on-point/wen-stephenson/ Wen Stephenson

    Thanks for the many thoughtful responses here. Unfortunately, we deleted several recent posts in this thread because they were little more than personal attacks. Please keep the discussion civil, and please do not use On Point’s comment threads to engage in name-calling. Thank you.

  • millard-fillmore

    “What other senator out the 100 had the courage and honesty of telling us the truth, even though the media does not do its job.”


    Here you go:

    Senate vote on Iraq war resolution (which doesn’t include the ex-Senator from NY who was championed by feminists last year, and is the current Secretary of State) -

    * 21 (42%) of 50 Democratic Senators voted against the resolution: Sens. Akaka (D-HI), Bingaman (D-NM), Boxer (D-CA), Byrd (D-WV), Conrad (D-ND), Corzine (D-NJ), Dayton (D-MN), Durbin (D-IL), Feingold (D-WI), Graham (D-FL), Inouye (D-HI), Kennedy (D-MA), Leahy (D-VT), Levin (D-MI), Mikulski (D-MD), Murray (D-WA), Reed (D-RI), Sarbanes (D-MD), Stabenow (D-MI), Wellstone (D-MN), Wyden (D-OR).

    * 1 of 49 Republican Senators voted against the resolution: Sen. Chafee (R-RI).

    * The only Independent Senator voted against the resolution: Sen. Jeffords (I-VT)

  • Putney Swope

    Gee Wen it’s OK to insult a great statesman at the time of his death but not OK for to tell that person they are wrong to use this forum for such ill gotten ideological nonsense.

    I don’t mind you removing my comments, however remove the offending comments as well if you want to play these games.

    I only attacked the sick mentality of this persons post.

  • Putney Swope

    Wen your obviously not from Massachusetts.

    I can only speak for myself but when people like Louise start in with nasty comments on the day Ted Kennedy passed away I take that as personal attack.

    It’s in poor taste, I called a someone a name. They insulted one of our great Statesman and for most in this state one the best there ever was.

    I think it’s good idea to try and understand how people like me would be pretty upset by people like Louise.

    By the way you just gave her carte blanche to post more degrading comments about Ted Kennedy.

  • brianna

    Thank you millard-fillmore for the voting stats.

    What I mean about Ted speaking out was that he was the only senator who was blunt about the “excuse” for occupying Iraq.

    Not voting for and being quiet about it is one thing, and speaking publicly about the “motive” for war/killing/wasting money/thrashing our reputation is something else.

    Since you are good with researching, can you find another senator who talked about the concealed/manufactured “reason” for the occupation.

    Ted was the only one.

    I strongly support the argument that we should be “told” by the “government/former admin” Why in the world we occupied (if it were not Cooked up in Crawford, TX – as Kennedy said)… at least to Honor Ted’s Soul.

  • Lilya Lopheka

    Another wonderful thing about Ted was that he had a black&white yardstick about what is good for America.

    This is good for my country or not. No gray area. Is this action Just or not. He did not care about the lobbyists because he never had “re-election” issues.

    If you look at the History, he never showed up in AIPAC annual meetings in the Wash, DC Convention center, unlike our other 99 senators.

    Ted, we will miss you – everyday!!!

  • Mickey Foster

    I’ll never forget Senator Kennedy’s smear campaign against Judge Robert Bork in 1987 when President Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court.

  • millard-fillmore

    brianna, Ralph Nader and Green Party were quite vocal regarding their opposition to the Iraq war.

    Agreed with what you say about Kennedy, though it’s quite possible that other Senators who voted “No” also spoke out against it. Don’t have time to google.

  • aj

    ” If this man should fall, who will lift the flag and carry on? ” — from the movie Glory

    Without 60, now that he’s gone, I say they make em fillibuster. Whether their right-wing dems or good for nothin republicans. Leave it all on the Senate floor. In honor of the Lion.

    For god sake it’s not even single-payer, it’s a lousy public option… FIGHT FOR IT!!! Win or Lose, just like the Senator would have.

  • Rob

    I enjoyed reading everyone’s comments and would first offer my respect and condolences to the Kennedy family and those who knew the former Senator personally. I sincerely hope that Senator Kennedy’s ardent critics will refrain from public protests at the various services and respect the privacy of his family and friends.

    As a US Senator, I believe Sen. Kennedy’s supporters overlook his most important (and positive)legislative trait, which was that he was a political pragmatist above all else and knew when to compromise (whether one agrees or disagreed with his views). As I noted earlier, Sen. Kennedy will be remembered as one of the last old school dealmakers in the Senate(e.g.along Lyndon Johnson, Everett Dirksen, Bob Dole, Howard Baker, Pat Moynihan, etc…).

    However, when people start referring to Sen. Kennedy as “great”, it is not wrong for us to remember the Senator’s actions at Chappaquiddick 40 years ago in July 1969. I have a difficult time referring to any adult who plead guilty to leaving the scene of an accident where a young lady died as a “great man”. For those not familiar with this incident, after crashing his car off a bridge at Chappaquiddick in July 1969,
    Sen. Kennedy chose to cover his political tracks by leaving the scene of the accident (and left a young lady either dead or to die)without properly notifying authorities until over 10 hours after the accident. As a matter of legal record, Sen. Kennedy plead guilty to the crime of leaving the scene of an accident. This was not simply some “youthful indiscretion” as Sen. Kennedy was almost 40 years old at the time, already a 2nd term US Senator,and a potential Presidential candidate.

  • aj

    That’s about the same amount of time Cheney took to notify authorities about how he shot his buddy in the face. Let me repeat: DICK! … Cheney took the same amount of time to notify authority, that he Shot! his buddy in the face. Ha!

    Ted was a grunt in the Army, Cheney is a coward, the conservatives symbol of patriotism dodged the draft SIX times, because he was scared to serve a 12 month tour in Vietnam. But he had no problem sending some lowly private for 3! and 4!! tours to a war he lied to get this country into. Which, by the way, Senator Kennedy voted against!!! Ha!

  • Putney Swope

    Rob I read this on the other thread. You made your point.

    I think Senator Kennedy payed his debt for his transgression.
    HE has more than made up for this tragic indecent with his public service.

    Enough of the public lashings for this great Senator.

  • aj

    Make them fillibuster!!! The Battle Cry for the fight that lies ahead. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege for every citizen.

    In the name of Ted Kennedy, Make them fillibuster!!!

    (please lower volume before clicking on this link, from the movie Glory)

  • Louise

    “Ted was a grunt in the Army”? The only reason “Ted” went into the Army was because he got kicked out of Harvard for cheating on a Spanish test. Hey aj, Dick Cheney never got in a car after he had been drinking and then proceeded to get someone killed (Mary Jo Kopechne) can Ted Kennedy say that?

  • aj

    How many kids died in the iraq war, both Americans, and Iraqi’s. Huh????????????????? How Many?????? Huh????????????? How Many?????????

    Cheney Lied to get us into that, Cheney has two, let me repeat TWO!!!!!!!!!! Drunk driving arrests on his record. Accidents happen. Wars do not. People intentionally start wars. No comparison.

  • aj

    Make em fillibuster!!!

  • Putney Swope

    So Wen, are you going to “edit” Louise? Or do we have to keep reading her attacks on the deceased Senator like this.

    If I respond to her you’ll delete it as it will be deemed a personal attack.

    Louise, have you no decency?

  • http://ugandans.wordpress.com Tendo Kaluma

    On a trip in Uganda at a remote Island on Lake Victoria, there I met a young man not more than 7, with an old tattered over sized suit jacket that hang well off his shoulders which covered the sides his catenary holed T-shirt and short pants leaving just his ashy legs bare. He was walking through a small village path barefoot and I asked for his name to which he replied Kennedy, I was quite moved-for I did not expect to find the Kennedy name in such a remote place in Uganda. I took this young man’s picture and we continued on with our journey.

    Senator Ted Kennedy, was our champion too; we claimed him to be one of our own because we identified with his many losses and he inspired us by the way he tucked in well his grief. He was spirited in all his endeavors and never disappointed us in all his legislation. He personified well that beacon of hope, of a better tomorrow which had eluded many of us in our countries of birth.
    He showed kindness to many of us better than our own leaders, and our admiration at his political boldness and prowess will never wane. He stood up for those who had fallen out of the grid of America and as a last beacon of hope he rekindled many broken spirits back to the main stream.

    To the immigrant community, his office was always the office of last resort and hope, when our parents were denied entry visas to come to weddings or funerals. Poor immigrants went there to lament about the exorbitant fees charged by the immigration to file for simple paperwork. In a bleak world where immigration has turned into a dirty word, with more and more leaders bent on oppressing their people our lion, our champion will be sorely missed.
    When I fell victim to vehicular vandalism and my immigration ID and social security card were stolen, I could not get them in time to save my new job at a Cambridge pharmaceutical company. I went to Senator Kennedy’s office to get help, much as they couldn’t save my job because it was the law, they showed compassion and were in awe with me that a company could go to such an extent to fire a new worker without exploring other avenues of verification.

    The name Kennedy and the entire Camelot family symbolized an America which seemed kinder and gentler attracting many of us who dared to dream. My brother finished school in Uganda, because he was a brilliant recipient of a Kennedy scholarship, and that fat scholarship touched many lives of our extended family and beyond.

    JFK’s dream that he eulogized so well, kept his engines burning at full capacity for compassion that someday the people of the world would live in a better place. His work on South Africa, Ireland, Kosovo- and the raising of the minimum wage, and immigration reform was indeed larger than life in our eyes. We will never forget his endorsement of Barack, when hopes were low and heads were bowed, he provided a timely lift like a light arrow of hope from Zeus to re-launch Obama’s audacity of hope.

    As a Massachusetts resident I will miss his office of compassion and the guidance that he provided to us on every piece of immigration legislation. It is scary to know that I can no longer refer a woman whose adopted child is caught in a visa wrangle or a friend whose paper work for asylum has taken more that 20 years to process or a husband who has waited for more than 4 years for his wife to try Ted Kennedy’s office.

    The fact that the people’s lion was on the Judiciary committee-gave us unimaginable relief and comfort, knowing that he wouldn’t throw any curve balls at us in any legislation that he co-authored.

    May his soul rest in eternal peace, and may we find other compassionate champions who care as deeply about other people of the world to keep the Camelot family dream alive.

    Tendo Kaluma

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