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.
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)