“The Last Lion” – Ted Kennedy

(Left: AP Photo from 1962 of the three brothers. Ted is in the middle.)

This week Senator Edward Kennedy found out he has a malignant brain tumor. It appears this is inoperable, but can be treated with chemotherapy. As a Kennedy admirer I want to wish him well.

For all their faults this is a remarkable family. They are all rich enough that public service is not something they have to do. Despite their advantaged position in life, they have sacrificed much in public service for the United States,

  • Joseph Kennedy, Jr. killed on a high-risk, volunteer bombing mission during World War II.
  • President John F. Kennedy assassinated while serving his presidential term. JFK also served 12 years in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives before becoming President. He also served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.
  • Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassinated while running for higher office. He was serving the people of New York as one of their elected senators at the time of his death.
  • Senator Edward Kennedy has served as the United States Senator from Massachusetts since 1962. He is one of only three senators to serve over 40 years in the United States Senate. Ted is considered one of the most effective senators ever based on the amount of significant legislation he has helped enact.

All of the Kennedy brothers were advocates for the disadvantaged. Whether you admired them or despised them, few families have given as much of themselves in the service of their country.

Like everyone the Kennedy’s had their faults and problems, but they continue to persevere.

(Right: Ted Kennedy leaving hospital May 21, 2008 – AP Photo)

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4 Responses to “The Last Lion” – Ted Kennedy

  1. stamperdad says:

    Thanks for taking time to read and the comments

    Steve

  2. Yes, his poor health is really too bad. He’s done a lot of good things over the years. If nothing can be done I hope his time will be as comfortable as possible.
    Nice tribute.

  3. stamperdad says:

    Thanks for taking the time to read Kip. If you ever need a pal to talk to email me directly.

    Appreciate the comment. Keep busy. Enjoy the kids.

    Steve

  4. Kip de Moll says:

    I’m so glad for your comment. In my distraction, I have only said a silent prayer and then moved on to my issues. But Ted Kennedy especially has continued to give his time and energy to those in need long after the ambition of President was set aside. He has earned the right to live his final days in rest…and I bet he won’t.

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