Friday, May 23, 2008

Ted Kennedy, Living His Own Words

[A] good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.

- Edward M. Kennedy
Address at the Public Memorial Service for Robert F. Kennedy

Boston Globe: Legions he aided now praise Kennedy
Ordinary people recall his extraordinary help

Kennedy is best known as a legislative powerhouse, a tireless legend at courting allies and cutting deals, and as the battle-scarred face of the nation's most famous political family. But out of the spotlight and behind the scenes, his constituents say, the senior senator and his staff have cut through red tape to change countless individual lives, advocating for even the narrowest personal needs with a ferocity and attention to detail that still inspires awe in those on the receiving end decades later.

Few causes, it seems, have been too small to warrant his aid, be it helping an Ethiopian maintenance man seek immigration papers for his family; encouraging the activism of a young diabetes patient from Plymouth; or calling top officials in the military to stop a Westford stepmother from being deployed to Iraq.

As the well-loved senator begins his fight against brain cancer, people who have benefited from his service said they are praying for the recovery of a man who heard their cries and answered when it seemed impossible amid the din of politics.


tubesteak said...

I heard the short list of Kennedy's successors has been named! looks like a decent group!

The Light said...

Can't read that sentence from his Brother's eulogy without tearing up.