Teddy, So Glad We Knew Ye
Teddy Kennedy still had work to do. He wasn’t done yet, fighting for social justice and world peace. Listening to the oratory from both sides of the aisle inspires us to move forward, to keep fighting in his memory. In the words of President Obama:
“Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections. It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow.”
Obama praised Kennedy as “a kind and tender hero,” and “the soul of the Democratic Party; and the lion of the U.S. Senate – a man whose name graces nearly one thousand laws, and who penned more than three hundred himself.”
In death, Kennedy accomplished what he worked to do in life: bringing disparate people together.
Hillary Clinton sat down next to former President Bush, whom she demonized during the 2008 campaign, and Bush listened intently and chuckled at what the secretary of state had to say.
Bill Clinton plopped down behind Obama — and the current president twisted around to hear the former POTUS make a long, finger-wagging point. Obama, a huge smile on his face, then began holding forth as Clinton nodded his head in agreement.
After that, former president Clinton began chatting with Bush, who seemed to be speaking less than the chattier Democrats dominating his pew.
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