Edward Moore “Ted” Kennedy died just before midnight on Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. He was famously known as “The Lion of the Senate” and served nine terms as US senator representing Massachusetts. It is likely that he will continue to influence public policy as the Obama administration works to pass health care reform–an issue that was always at the center of Kennedy’s agenda.
Here is a collection of quotes from those remembering the famed politician…
“For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. … An important chapter in our history has come to an end.” –President Barack Obama
“Sen. Kennedy was a passionate voice for the citizens of Massachusetts and an unwavering advocate for the millions of less fortunate in our country.” –Former President Jimmy Carter
“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.” –Former President George H.W. Bush
“In the current climate of today’s United States Senate it is rare to find opportunities where both sides can come together and work in the middle to craft a solution for our country’s problems. Ted Kennedy, with all of his ideological verbosity and idealism, was a rare person who at times could put aside differences and look for common solutions.” –Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah
“No words can ever do justice to this irrepressible, larger than life presence who was simply the best–the best senator, the best advocate you could ever hope for, the best colleague, and the best person to stand by your side in the toughest of times.” –Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass
Video: May 28, 1964 TV Interview
British journalist Reginald Bosanquet interviews Senator Edward Kennedy on May 28, 1964, about six months after the assassination of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy describes plans for the memorial library to President Kennedy, the President’s contributions in his lifetime, how the President’s wife and children are faring after his death, and his own career as Massachusetts senator.