Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Goodbye, Senator Edward Kennedy
From Fox News online, this;
When John Kennedy was elected to the presidency in 1960, it appeared the Kennedy clan had the makings of a political dynasty. At the time, Robert Kennedy was attorney general and Teddy, as he was affectionately known, was elected to the Senate in 1962.
But Kennedy soon found himself alone on the political stage after his brothers were killed by assassins in 1963 and 1968.
Shouldering the burden of a grieving family, Kennedy delivered Bobby’s eulogy at New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in 1968, attributing to Robert a quote by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and say ‘why.’ I dream things that never were and say ‘why not.’”
He added: “Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us, and what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.”
But Kennedy’s own aspirations for the White House were dashed in 1969 when his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick on Martha’s Vineyard, killing Robert Kennedy campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne. Kennedy swam to safety and only alerted authorities to the accident hours later.
As Kopechne’s body was pulled from the dark sedan, the senator told investigators he panicked.
“That tragedy will live with me for the rest of my life...every day for the rest of my life,” he said.
Rest in peace.