Sen. Ted Kennedy passed away last night. He was 77.
From his family’s statement:
“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.”
President Obama summed up his legacy well:
“For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.”
This was a man born into privilege who could have lived his life with never a thought for those who were struggling. He made terrible and tragic mistakes when he was young, but he turned himself around and spent the balance of his life working to help others. He will be missed.
My sympathies to his family in the loss of sister and brother in such short order. We won’t see their like again any time soon.