Senator Ted Kennedy Passes Away
The “Lion of the Senate” has gone to rest. CNN Reports that Massachusetts Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy died last night at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A Democratic legacy, Kennedy had been battling brain cancer. He was 77.
“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,” said a statement from the family. “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.”
One man who continually stood with him was President Obama, who made a somber statement this morning about “the passing of the extraordinary leader.” He called Teddy “a counselor, a leader and a friend.”
“The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives,” Obama said. “His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws reflected in millions of lives. Seniors who know dignity, families who know new opportunity, children who know education’s promise, and who can all pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just – including myself.”
Kennedy was the younger brother of slain President John F. Kennedy and New York Sen. Robert Kennedy. In 1962 he was elected to finish John’s unexpired Senate term when John became president. He won his first full term in 1964.