R.I.P. Sen. Kennedy
Another chapter in American politics came to a close yesterday when Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy passed away at age 77 after a battle with brain cancer.
“We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives,” a Kennedy family statement said today, “but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.”
In a statement, President Barack Obama said: “An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time.”
Kennedy was one of six senators in U.S. history to serve more than 40 years – he was known as the “Lion of the Senate” – and played a major role in civil and voting rights, as well as healthcare reform.
For decades, the Kennedys have transcended Americana, and not for nothing they are referred to as American royalty.
Camelot has lost one yet another of its MVPs – Sen. Kennedy’s sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, died Aug. 11 – and for that today I am sad.