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
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