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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 09:59 PM
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End of an era: America says goodbye to Sen. Edward Kennedy
End of an era: America says goodbye to Sen. Edward Kennedy

Sen. Ted Kennedy's funeral

Brian Snyder/Abaca Press/MCT

Funeral services for Sen. Ted Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Mass.

By David Lightman and Silvia Spring | McClatchy Newspapers



BOSTON America Saturday celebrated the passion and legacy of the late Sen. Edward Moore Kennedy as President Barack Obama whom Kennedy helped propel into the nation's highest office pledged at a funeral mass: "We carry on."

The Senate's liberal icon, scion of a political family whose style and views influenced policy-makers for half a century, died Tuesday night at age 77 after a 15-month battle with brain cancer. And true to his heritage, the funeral mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston combined a remembrance of his storied life with a vow to keep the spirit alive.

As a panorama of American political figures looked on, including three former presidents and their wives, dozens of U.S. senators past and present and three generations of Kennedys, Obama and family members recalled Kennedy's ability to overcome daunting obstacles and eagerly and good-naturedly champion the causes he cherished.

"We can still hear his voice bellowing through the Senate chamber, face reddened, fist pounding the podium, a veritable force of nature, in support of health care or workers rights or civil rights," said Obama.

Kennedy's endorsement of Obama early in the 2008 primary season was an important boost to his candidacy, and nowhere has Kennedy's bid for a legacy been more evident than Obama's struggle this year to overhaul the nation's health care system.

No one was talking hardball politics Saturday, but there was an undertone to the eulogies by family members: Pass the health care legislation. Exactly one year before he died, Kennedy told the 2008 Democratic convention that health care was "the cause of my life," and it has become the cause of the first year of Obama's presidency.

Obama and family members suggested that Ted Kennedy would have striven to avoid public displays of rancor, as the health care fight got uglier.

"While his causes became deeply personal, his disagreements never did," said Obama. "While he was seen by his fiercest critics as a partisan lightning rod, that is not the prism through which Ted Kennedy saw the world, nor was it the prism through which his colleagues saw him."

He recalled Kennedy as "a product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect, a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots."


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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 10:03 PM
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1. You've given us in the bold type that very potent quotation about
adversaries still seeing each other as patriots.

It is a quotation that lifts all boats.

Obama was the soul of graciousness in his comments, a very able speaker for a departed giant.

Recommended.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 10:07 PM
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2. Off to the greatest..
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 10:12 PM
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3. Bipartisanship is fine if both sides are true patriots
But that's simply not the case right now. When you have one party just saying no to everything, then lying about how they want bipartisanship and who have actually said out loud that they want to destroy Obama and who spread what they know are out and out lies to scare everyone what you have is extreme partisanship. And it isn't on our side.

They create an illegal war based 100% on deliberate lies and unfortunately that did happen. Sometimes bipartisanship is plain wrong, such as in torture, crimes against humanity and wars for oil. Any bipartisanship over these issues is plain unpatriotic.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 10:19 PM
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4. It's not good, and that's not what is being encouraged.
Edited on Sat Aug-29-09 10:20 PM by babylonsister
Standing up for principles and ideals is what's being encouraged.

But a eulogy isn't the place. I think Teddy's words speak volumes.
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 11:24 PM
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7. lol, and this is exactly what the President was talking about. NT


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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-29-09 10:21 PM
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6. Ha! Have you been bored? All these principles and stuff? nt
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