The gay LGBT community lost a powerful ally late Tuesday night, when Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate and final bearer of the Camelot torch after his two brothers were assassinated, died at his home in Hyannis Port, losing his valiant battle with a brain tumor. He was 77.
Serving nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy worked alongside 10 presidents—his brother John Fitzgerald Kennedy among them—compiling an impressive list of legislative achievements on health care, civil rights, education, immigration and more. To the American public, Kennedy—known to friends and foes alike simply as Ted—was the last surviving son of America's most glamorous political family, father figure and, memorably, eulogist of an Irish-American clan plagued over and over by tragedy.
This January 28, 2008 photo shows then US Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, and Senator Edward M. Kennedy, D-MA, looking towards US Senator Hillary Clinton, D-NY, shortly before US President George W. Bush delivered his 7th and final State of the Union address in Washington, DC, a glorious day indeed!
Ted Kennedy's family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday. "We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," the statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all."
Ted Kennedy at the Democratic National Convention 2004 photo
Rather than me carrying on without end about Ted Kennedy’s achievements, watch the following videos that demonstrate more in pictures than I could ever say in words alone. You can read more at theMSNBC website, if you like.
Watch this NBC video of President Barack Obama at Martha’s Vineyard as he pays tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy:
Check out this video as NBC’s Brian Williams looks back on the life of Senator Ted Kennedy:
Take inspiration from this MSNBC video of Teddy Kennedy’s best speeches:
Also visit http://www.galechesterwhittington.com/ for free humor, short stories, poems, and book excerpts from the award-winning gay author