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Obama Remembers Kennedy in E-Mail to Supporters

By Michael D. Shear
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- After making his public statement on Sen. Edward Kennedy's death, President Obama offered similar thoughts in writing to his 13 million-strong e-mail list.

In an e-mail from "President Barack Obama" sent late Wednesday night, members of Organizing for America got a note by a "heartbroken" first couple about the passing of the senator.

"His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives -- in seniors who know new dignity; in families that know new opportunity; in children who know education's promise; and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including me," Obama wrote.

The president made no mention of the health-care battle that is consuming Washington. That will come later, as Obama and his allies again turn to the massive e-mail list to garner support for the health-care end game.

For the moment, though, Obama's message to his most loyal supporters only took note of the loss of a storied political legend.

"Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values," Obama wrote. "And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still."

Posted at 8:33 AM ET on Aug 27, 2009  | Category:  Democratic Party
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My, my, the detractors seem always to be edging to get attention. As is said in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar-- "Their curses are like the praises of undecerning people." This too shall pass!

Posted by: Victoria5 | August 28, 2009 6:15 PM

I got the email...The Kennedy men have very full, thick hair! There hair greys but stay thick and full. Just an observation.

Posted by: bobby20 | August 27, 2009 8:37 PM

Would that the world were just, and that people would speak words just as ugly as those used by the commenters here, after said commenters die.

Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

Have some dignity if not any respect.

The president' comments were most appropriate and helped deepen my understanding of a man who served his country in the legislature longer than all but two of his predecessors.

With respect,
Alex Brant-Zawadzki
Organizing for America

Posted by: beezling | August 27, 2009 7:39 PM

Only a nitwit college boy dumbo would call a slug like Kennedy great.
Just one more illustration of the incompetence resident in the Odumbo White House.

Posted by: LarryG62 | August 27, 2009 7:21 PM

Somewhere in DC, a restaurant is missing the fat, drunk, obnoxious portion of a waitress sandwich!

Posted by: HopeForChange | August 27, 2009 5:11 PM

Every single email that comes from OFA has a link at the bottom where you can unsubscribe.

So if you continue to receive emails you are welcome to continue to complain about it, or you could actually read the email and unsubscribe, which would take less time and effort than actually commenting on your frustration.

Posted by: beezling | August 27, 2009 3:23 PM

I received the e-mail from Obama. I really don't know why he thinks he has the right to send spam. I don't want his e-mails and have indicated that... but still get them, which makes them spams. Obama should know better and do better than this!

Posted by: mihalick | August 27, 2009 1:44 PM

Geez...I saw Kennedy different than Obama. I see Mary Jo,s parents with never justice served, I see Robert Borque being ridiculed, and other supreme court nominees the same. I see the FLA rape case where Teddy was claimed to stand in a doorway watching with just a white oxford and a woody. And I see a senator who gave away good hard earned tax money for free rides......but never paid any taxes of course. Wait....niether does the treasury secretary !!!!

Posted by: livefreeordie2 | August 27, 2009 1:09 PM

Good riddance. Let's hope this signals the end of the Kennedy legacy.

Posted by: lingering_lead | August 27, 2009 11:41 AM

I too was very struck by the fact that the president did not mention the current healthcare debate in his e-mail. This was a gracious and appropriate decision.

We haven't even had the funeral or interment yet. The president's comments should be, as they were, about the Senator's legacy and his family's and the nation's loss, not the battles of the day, which will return in due course. Well done.

R.I.P. Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | August 27, 2009 9:59 AM

Gee....some "lion":

Mary Jo was in the back seat and, while he claimed he was just giving her a lift back to her hotel, it was widely thought that he had picked her up for sex. Kennedy swam ashore to save himself, but left Mary Jo to drown - in fact, it was even worse than that.

It was nine hours before he reported the accident. In the meantime, he walked back to his motel, complained to the manager about a noisy party, took a shower, went to sleep, ordered newspapers when he woke up and spoke to a friend and two lawyers before finally calling the police.

Posted by: moonchild64 | August 27, 2009 9:52 AM






OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

RE: "GESTAPO USA," "Zap. Have You Been Targeted by a Directed Energy Weapon?"

Posted by: scrivener50 | August 27, 2009 9:33 AM

The e-mail sent by President Obama was meant to be a testament about a person that tried to help all americans no matter what social, economical, or beliefs they harbored. This was NOT meant to be a political statement; however, they were forward-thinking enough to send it out under a campaign document to minimize complaints.

Yes, I believe that the President will get back talking about health care but the time now is to salute a great american. For the media's sake, I'm sure that politicians will again talk about the rough and tumble of health care.

Maybe it is time for the media to slow down a little and give everyone a chance to catch our breaths before we attempt to re-energize the health care debate. In my opinion, now is not the time as we make plans to honor Senator Kennedy. His contributions were too great to just package it as health care.

Unlike some, Senator Kennedy has a sterling track record of ensuring all americans a better quality of life. Thanks Senator Kennedy!!!

Posted by: ronhamp | August 27, 2009 9:24 AM

Touching...Teddy will be sorely missed. One of the commentaries that I heard yesterday summed up his life completely..."he was a giver and not a taker." RIP Edward Kennedy, we will miss you in this sometimes mean old world; you're in God's hands now.

Posted by: Beingsensible | August 27, 2009 8:53 AM

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