News outlets in Massachusetts today are focusing on the same story: The death of our senior Senator, Ted Kennedy.
Kennedy died Tuesday night (Aug 25, 2009) at his Cape Cod home, after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. Accolades are pouring in from around the world for the 77-year-old statesman known as: “The Liberal Lion of the Senate”.
• Kennedy family: We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives.
• President Obama called Ted Kennedy: One of the greatest senators of our time…one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy. His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream.
• MA governor Deval Patrick: A giant of social progress…one of the Commonwealth’s brightest lights went out last night.
• British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown: Kennedy was admired around the world for his efforts to help the under-privileged…a man who “will be mourned not just in America but in every continent.
• Brown’s predecessor, Tony Blair: Kennedy showed a “passionate commitment” to a lasting peace in Northern Ireland.
• British Opposition leader, David Cameron: Kennedy was one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate.
• Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd: A great American, a great Democrat, but also a great friend of Australia…a robust and continuing supporter of the alliance between the United States and Australia.
• Former President, George H.W. Bush: 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.
• Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen: America had lost a great and respected statesman and Ireland, a long-standing and true friend.
• Nelson Mandela (South Africa’s first black president): He made his voice heard in the struggle against apartheid at a time when the freedom struggle was not widely supported in the West.
• German Chancellor, Angela Merkel: An extraordinary personality in American politics” who had demonstrated a firm and resolute commitment to peace and justice.
• Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi: A role model for politicians.
• French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner: A dogged fight for democracy, social justice, civil rights and peace.
• Afghan President, Hamid Karzai: Deeply saddened by Kennedy’s death.
• Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: A great friend of the Jewish state.
Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, where his two older brothers, President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert “Bobby” Kennedy are also buried.