Exactly one year before he died:
On my drive up from New Orleans this morning, I was thinking about health care and how meaningful it would be if Senator Kennedy could live to see the passage of health care reform. I didn’t know he had already passed away.
This is a sad day for America and for the State of Louisiana, whose native daughter Vicki lost her husband yesterday.
I wasn’t in the room when Ted Kennedy delivered his speech at last year’s DNC; I was camped out in the blogger’s tent, watching the entire event with bloggers and journalists from all over the world. And I can vividly recall how his presence and his speech deeply moved so many of the people around me, some of whom openly wept as Kennedy spoke.
This summer, I read The Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, which I highly recommend, and today, I am particularly struck by the truth of the book’s central thesis: That Ted Kennedy fell before he rose, that he redeemed himself in our country, and that, because of his redemption, tens of millions of Americans, myself included (he sponsored the Americans with Disabilities Act), benefit from a country with less tolerance for bigotry, with more opportunities for minorities, the disabled, the working class, and the poor.
We are a better country because of the contributions given to us by Edward Moore Kennedy.