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Patrick Kennedy leaves note for Ted on gravesite: "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

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(Photo: Courtesy John Dicker)

By Philip Rucker and Eli Saslow
The political odyssey of health care reform in many ways is the story of Ted Kennedy, and as President Obama signed the historic bill into law Tuesday, Kennedy's gravesite was a place of quiet celebration and poignant reflection.

The late senator's widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, spent hours Sunday at the simple white cross at Arlington National Cemetery marking where her husband was laid to rest only seven months ago. Ted Kennedy's youngest son, Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), visited on Monday morning and left a hand-written note that read: "Dad, the unfinished business is done."

And on a dreary Tuesday morning, dozens of school children and health care advocates paused at Kennedy's tombstone to commemorate the man who for decades made overhauling the nation's health-care system his life's mission.

Kennedy's legacy was not lost on anyone who filled the East Room of the White House for Obama's bill-signing ceremony. Members of Congress wore blue "TedStrong" wristbands in his honor and posed for pictures with Patrick Kennedy. Caroline Kennedy, the senator's niece, sat in the front row, with other members of the storied family. Vicki Kennedy walked into the room with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

Obama received a thunderous applause when he evoked the ghost of Ted Kennedy near the climax of his speech.

"I remember seeing Ted walk through that door in a summit in this room a year ago, one of his last public appearances, and it was hard for him to make it, but he was confident that we would do the right thing," Obama said.

When Obama sat to sign the bill, Patrick and Vicki Kennedy stood behind him. Finally, Ted Kennedy's dream became the law of the land.

By Philip Rucker  |  March 23, 2010; 12:31 PM ET
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Kennedy understood how to be bi-partisan. Most don't know that his friendship with Dan Quale yielded great benefits for Mass.
Obama is a radical Marxist, just now coming out of the closet. I doubt Ted could have been a good influence on him.

Posted by: jblosage | March 28, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@dixongentyahoocom - your comment is NOT becoming of a gentleman whatsoever. Did you really think that was appropriate.

In the end, we'll all have the last laugh because this bill WILL positively impact someone close to you, and you'll be left to eat your words.

Such a fool.

Posted by: reliford | March 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

The pink & white roses were there on Sunday....they have a burlap topped path ringed with roping so you can only get so close to the grave. I asked before visiting if i could leave a flower but i couldn't find an open florist near the rosslyn station. Just as well B/c you would be too far away to put a rose down unless you trew it. But I did pluck the red clover buds and blew them towards his grave, probably at about the same time as the vote (no telling though b/c cell phones must be off at Arlington). I must have just missed Mrs. Kennedy and only she would've been allowed through the rope line to leave the flowers...being there then was the least I could do. For all those flame-throwers, do you recall "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". He sinned. I sinned. We all have sinned. Let us move on. Because while he lived imperfectly as do we all, he lived large. Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. His goal is now realized by those whom his final illness forced him to pass the torch to. The man died but his dream did not. As of Sunday, he achieved greatly. Shortly before he died RFK was asked by David Frost how he would like his obituary to read in what they then thought would be printed decades later. RFK said "Something about the fact that I made some contribution to either my country, or those who were less well off. I think back to what Camus wrote about the fact that perhaps this world is a world in which children suffer, but we can lessen the number of suffering children, and if you do not do this, then who will do this? I'd like to feel that I'd done something to lessen that suffering." He did. But for a bullet, he would have done more. But his brother carried on as had his brothers before. As of Sunday , via efforts culminating well after his passing, The youngest brother did the most of all to lessen the suffering of our children. Violence breeds violence, repression breeds retaliation and hatred only corrodes the souls of the hater. So on the day, being that I had the opportuntity I paid my respects to Ted Kennedy "MR. Liberal", his Brothers Robert And President Kennedy and (also at Arlington) President Taft.....and in the center of D.C. I went to the Taft Memorial, which does not honor President Taft. It honors his son, Sentor Robert "Bob" Taft known in his time as "Mr. Conservative" , who , but for his untimely death from cancer, would have creamed Nixon for the 1960 GOP nomination. EMK and RT..both great leaders, both great thinkers, followers of different lines of thought but both great legistlators who knew they were sent to GOVERN first, that their true line of work was GOVERNING not politics. They were statesmen and like Clay, Webster, Vandenburg, Dirksen Douglas LaFollette and Goldwater all in the mist of memory, they all desrve a note of grace, a tone of civility and thanks to them all from a grateful nation.

Posted by: danieljsnow | March 24, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Dear Dad,
I bet it's hot down there, especially without any water. The rest of us will be there soon enough.
Patty-boy

Posted by: dixongentyahoocom | March 24, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

to BrianX9: a relative of mine was in the hospital 9 days before he died and the bill exceeds $80,000. Fortunately, he had health care--otherwise, the bill would exceed the amount he left to each of his children. (This total doesn't include the cost of the ambulance that took him there, and, because of his living will, no extreme measures were taken. The bill was much lower than the family expected.)

Would you--or your children after your death--really be able to pay your medical bills in such a case? Who do you think would pick up the unpaid portion after your family declared bankruptcy? If hospitals didn't have to treat people who can't pay, hospital bills in general, and thus insurance bills, could be lower.

Maybe you think if your wife or daughter finds a lump in her breast she could hide that fact until she got medical insurance. I personally worked with three people who had physical problems that could have been serious and put off going to a doctor so they wouldnt't have a pre-existing condition when the company insurance policy became effective. Or maybe you know that you and your family will never get sick. If so, let the rest of us in on the secret. Don't forget, just 7 months before his first seizure, when Sen. Kennedy had extensive MRIs for a blocked carotid artery, the doctors found no evidence of a tumor, and he had no symptoms until he collapsed with the seizure. Can you be sure that right now you don't have a tumor forming somewhere in your body?

And by the way, do you have fire insurance on your house, even though you don't know that it will ever catch fire? Do you pay for taxes for police protection, even though you have never been robbed and don't expect to? Do you pay taxes for roads in general, even some you have never heard of, or do you pay each jurisdiction your share of the wear and tear on the road when you drive?

Posted by: sideswiththekids | March 24, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that is truly amazing dude.

Lou
www.ultimate-privacy.net.tc

Posted by: clermontpc | March 24, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Old Kennedy is dead,
from the cancer in his head
deep in the ground
at Arlington.

Posted by: FHavensjr1 | March 24, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Love ya, Teddy! Thanks for everything!

Posted by: gui_lo | March 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Teddy didn't get the note. Too busy doing the Devil's bidding. Remember Mary Jo???

Posted by: bobheb | March 24, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Did he also leave a note on the grave of Mary Jo Koepeckne? Or just crash his car onto it?

Posted by: CubsFan | March 24, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

[Speaking for myself, I'm not dancing on Teddy's grave.]

Of course not. Denial is just a river in Egypt, after all.

[Just because I don't buy into the hero-worship of a man whose evil deeds I find to have outweighed the good does not mean that I am full of hate]

You can "find" whatever you want to try to justify the black, evil, virulent hatred coming from your fellow righties. Unfortunately for you, reality doesn't stop existing just because you refuse to believe in it.

Posted by: edta | March 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

I stopped liking rich white Teddy Kennedy when he start supporting illegal aliens and illegal immigration. You see, Teddy Kennedy was white, rich, and he lived in an upscale gated community as most in Congress do. I am black and I've seen my black middle class neighborhood turned into a Salvadoran ghetto thanks to the influx of illegal aliens. I hope Teddy is getting what he deserve in hell along with Senators Jesse Helms and Strom Thrumond.
Posted by: cancer1
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Michael Steele is that you, LOL...you friggin' a.s.s hole. I am Black, middle class and live in a gated community and I support the rights of others to seek American citizenship which is basically what this country was founded on. I'm sure you are that one Black spot in the teabagger crowd thinking you belong, but only being "tolerated" to show that Black(s) are a part of the teathugger movement too. You should feel real proud of yourself...after all, no one else will--fringin' Uncle Tom; BTW know that you are referred to as the N-Word in the crowd when your teathugger comrades gather to talk about the event, LOL!

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 24, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see P. Kennedy on TV last night? The kid has lost it. There is something seriously wrong with him.
Posted by: waterfrontproperty
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Something seriously wrong like perhaps just having lost your dad...a man you've respected and admired all your life...that kind of "something seriously wrong?" I'm guessing you've never lost a parent...perhaps you've never had a parent that you know of...perhaps you were left on a long and lonely road at birth; that would explain why you'd have to question whether something was "seriously wrong" with a guy who just lost a loving parent.

Posted by: Beingsensible | March 24, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

teacherlady wants to know: "What has happened to common civility in our country."

What happened is anti-incumbancy and anti-intellectualism. When all Senate and House members hoped to stay in office for a lifetime (or get elected president), they were much more civil to each other because they knew they might be on the same side of an issue in the future. Now they figure they aren't going to get re-elected anyway, so they'll never need to get along.

And this country has gotten to the point where "he reads books" is a reason to vote against someone--look at the first George Bush trying to make fun of Clinton for being a Rhodes scholar and Sarah Palin deliberately using poor grammar and diction when we know she knows better (former beauty contestants, whatever you think of their intellect, at least are well-spoken). And even the mainstream press is willing to hire reporters who can't use the correct word.

Let's elect candidates who know what they're doing and want to learn more about the issues, and keep them in their long enough to know each other--and let's vote them out for some of their comments. (Remember when Earl Butz had to resign? Today, someone would see that joke as a reason to run him for President.)

Posted by: sideswiththekids | March 24, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm definitely finding the spam comments for sunglasses and shoes more enlightening than the hysterical insults comparing Kennedy to Hitler and celebrating the notion of public defecation at Arlington National Cemetery.

Posted by: vvf2 | March 24, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Ted, I am sure that the devil is waiting for you have a good time.

Posted by: OLDFORTMAN | March 24, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

"Joe Kennedy the Hitler lover wanted to be the ruler of America, it seems his dream has come true, we are now "ruled" by fascists/socialist/Democrats."
Joe Kennedy was like most Republicans of his day, not fascists but isolationists. He believed that Britain was doomed. Wrong, but not a "Hitler-lover."
After this counter-factual rant, you then say that it's Democrats who are spreading hate and so on. Well, reread your own letter, sir. Democrats fascists? Going to gas the Jews/Republicans? Please, get some counseling. Or you can obviously sell your storytelling talents to FOX.

Posted by: jimhass | March 24, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Joe Kennedy the Hitler lover wanted to be the ruler of America, it seems his dream has come true, we are now "ruled" by fascists/socialist/Democrats. And there's more to come. If you oppose their policies you are a racist/sexist/homophobe/hillbilly/bitter/
clinger etc.
That's what you'll be called if you oppose anything. I think that how the Jews were labeled in Germany when Hitler took power. What's next the gas chambers for political opponents. Since they make up the rules as they go along, don't be surprised.

Posted by: kalamere | March 24, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't anyone else think it is wrong and disrespectful to read a private note left on a grave?!?!

Posted by: graytigeress | March 24, 2010 5:22 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it isn't done, cuz I haven't been up there to shat on his grave yet.

Posted by: hymenclimincom | March 24, 2010 4:23 AM | Report abuse

I would have thought "unfinished business" would be Mary Jo Kopechne at the bottom of the lake in an Oldsmobile Cutlass.

Posted by: gary4205 | March 24, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

"The evil that men do..lives after them, the GOOD is often interred with their bones" (Julius Caesar).
Ted Kennedy you are missed. Hopefully and with confidence one can join the refrain on health care reform-- that the DEED is Done.
Thanks to the late "Lion of the Senate" for his contributions that made this possible. http://www.zipinpolitics.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | March 24, 2010 2:55 AM | Report abuse

Speaking for myself, I'm not dancing on Teddy's grave.

Just because I don't buy into the hero-worship of a man whose evil deeds I find to have outweighed the good does not mean that I am full of hate -- in fact, it is my fondest hope that he repented of that evil before he died and so was right with God when he met his end.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | March 24, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Remember, folks, these Reich Wingers dancing on Mr. Kennedy's grave claim that *liberals* are full of hate.

Posted by: edta | March 23, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the unhinged ramblings of wingnuts stamping their little feet because they lost the health care battle. Stay classy, losers!

Posted by: Gutavo | March 23, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 23, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm having trouble understanding what was so "great" about Ted Kennedy. Was it his involvement in the death of Mary Jo? Was it his alcoholism? Was it his numerous bouts with infidelity? I'm not name calling or trying to judge the man; these are just the facts. Yes, he was a public servant as the Senator from MA. But the man was filthy rich and he still took the government salary. He was filthy rich and he still took the congressional healthcare provided. A healthcare program that is exempted from this new law.

Posted by: craig44 | March 23, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Teddy, and thank you for never giving up. May your family never see this site. I've no idea why Republican mistakes are relegated to the distant past, even those that occurred this week, but Democratic ones must never be forgotten.

Posted by: dailykos2 | March 23, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

The unfinished business is not done until Teddy's rotting corpse is dug up from the hallowed ground of America's most important military cemetery and dumped into the Potomac for his treasonous efforts to influence a presidential election on behalf of a foreign power in 1984.

http://rhymeswithright.mu.nu/archives/291538.php

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | March 23, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Ummm,

I thought Christianity was about forgiveness of sins and redemption of souls.... There's a difference between teaching Jesus and preaching Jesus... HELL NO, YOU DON'T (Minority Leader John Boehner)

Posted by: fefsofdl | March 23, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Some of the comments posted for this article are atrocious. If you have nothing good or constructive to say, keep your comments and thoughts to yourself. Those who judge are also judged.

Posted by: classicskins | March 23, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

How is that so many of these posters are sure Teddy is down below shoveling coal? Perhaps their bible is missing something I found in mine: "Judge not lest ye be judged."

Teddy had his flaws. Perhaps all these posters are without flaws . . . if so, that's really great. But I doubt it. In any case, despite his numerous flaws, he was able to do a lot to improve this country. And for that reason I honor him.

Posted by: collins1 | March 23, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The bill has been signed, and the war of words goes on.
And the administration is going on the road to 'sell' the new law.
It's an interesting take on democracy: pass the landmark legislation, and then gain the public's support.
Other landmark legislation has had bi-partisan support, reflecting a majority voice of American will. This includes civil rights, which a swelling majority of Americans demanded in the early 1960s, but Congress was slow to enact. (And please child, don't dispute me, I was there.)
This one is different. Congress acted first, without broad citizen support.
It's an interesting difference. One that needs close watching.


Posted by: mtpeaks | March 23, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Yea right . . . go peddle that line to the Marxist tyrants running your government.

Posted by: rplat | March 23, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Does rplat or anybody else posting this blather have any idea what Marxism is? I wish they'd have a conversation with someone who actually lived under Marxism.

If we had "Marxist tyrants" running our government, guys, you wouldn't be able to post your screeds . . . and none of this discussion would be allowed.

Get real.

Posted by: collins1 | March 23, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Gag me.

The greatest thing about Sen. Scott Brown's amazing victory is that it freed our country from the stifling stench of all the dead Kennedys, once and for all.

This latest travesty won't bring them back, thank God.

Posted by: thebump | March 23, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"The hatred of some the writers scares me for my country. We can and must be more civil.
Posted by: retiredinAZ |"


Yea right . . . go peddle that line to the Marxist tyrants running your government.

Posted by: rplat | March 23, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh good lord, give us a break . . . enough of the Kennedys.

Posted by: rplat | March 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I never knew so many SAINTS read the WP. Christ said: " Let he is who without sin cast the first stone". Ted Kennedy is dead; let him rest in peace.
My mother used to say: "If you can't say something nice, keep your big mouth shut."

The hatred of some the writers scares me for my country. We can and must be more civil.

Posted by: retiredinAZ | March 23, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope that Ted Kennedy rests in peace. He led a tumultuous life and his varied accomplishments were marred by the death of MaryJo Kopechne and his alcoholism. He is dead.For heaven's sake stop the media's worship of this family, and give it some privacy. Photos of his grave, stories of his wife, his son's drug abuse, his brain cancer have monopolized the news for far too long. As to the healthcare bill, many, many people worked for this healthcare bill---Hundreds of dedicated people. It belongs to the nation, not the Kennedys.

Posted by: drzimmern1 | March 23, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Teddy, no one cares about you. We're hoping it's really hot down there for you.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | March 23, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

I stopped liking rich white Teddy Kennedy when he start supporting illegal aliens and illegal immigration. You see, Teddy Kennedy was white, rich, and he lived in an upscale gated community as most in Congress do. I am black and I've seen my black middle class neighborhood turned into a Salvadoran ghetto thanks to the influx of illegal aliens. I hope Teddy is getting what he deserve in hell along with Senators Jesse Helms and Strom Thrumond.

Posted by: cancer1 | March 23, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I stopped like rich white Teddy Kennedy when he support illegal aliens and illegal immigration. You see, Teddy Kennedy was white, rich, and he lived in an upscale gated community as most in Congress do. I am black and I've seen my black middle class neighborhood turned into a Salvadoran ghetto thanks to the influx of illegal aliens. I hope Teddy is getting what he deserve in hell along with Senators Jesse Helms and Strom Thrumond.

Posted by: cancer1 | March 23, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, alcoholic, murderer, perjurer, womanizer, what else we got?

Posted by: jhr1 | March 23, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Ted Kennedy worked his entire life for a bill like this - that shows how major this law is.

I'm very glad it passed. Ted would be proud.

Posted by: Vanguard08 | March 23, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

I support freedom of speech whether it's good or bad. We all have to reap what we have sowed on earth. Senator Teddy Kennedy is reaping what he sowed on earth and maybe he's seated at the right hand of the Devil for being white rich and thinking you can kill and get away with it.

Posted by: cancer1 | March 23, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Good evening folks, I decided to read the comments associated with this article thinking that there will be some moving, interesting and well thought words. Instead, I was astonished by a great many comments that were base, derogatory, malicious, disgusting, and evil. What is happening to us? Can we not disagree with the subject matter in a civilized manner without getting at each others throats? I will not come back to this area again. Perhaps there may be a better forum within the Washington Post.

Posted by: eddietm | March 23, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Fact, nothing to do with the Insurance Scam.

"We're able to access that health care 24 hours a day when we're in Washington," Graham said, leading us to the Attending Physician's Office, a clinic inside the U.S. Capitol. They don’t even have to leave the office.

About half of the members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, use the Attending Physician benefit. For $42 a month, they can get all the primary care they need - physical therapy, X-rays, minor surgery, specialists and a pharmacy for emergencies - no appointment needed.

They also get VIP hospital treatment from the best doctors at Bethesda Naval Hospital. And they have a reserved spot at the elite Ward 72 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where the late Sen. Strom Thurmond spent a lot of time.

Outpatient care is free. Well, free for them. Your tax dollars pick up the cost."

This is what this Insurance Scam was all about:

"Unlikely ally of health care reform: business
Insurers, drug companies came on board early and may profit from it"

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35989945/ns/business-us_business/

Just the way it is. Politicians (all Political Parties) do not do anything for altruistic reasons.

Posted by: nakamuradavid | March 23, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

TO: " jasm917" @ 6:07 p.m.

The hateful blog-spamming on display here appears to be part of a well-orchestrated paid campaign to force The Washington Post into strict blog moderation...

...which, this correspondent can testify, apparently is used as "cover" by authoritarian agencies and commands of the U.S. government to impose a covert and draconian censorship on political speech in America.

In fact, I have documented how these forces exploit The New York Times' blog policy to do exactly that. They apparently don't want comments like the one I posted here at 2 p.m. (see below) to see the light of day.

Here is a link to my article that exposes China-like political censorship of the internet, apparently at the hands of agents of the U.S. government:

http://nowpublic.com/world/how-u-s-spy-ops-censor-web-political-speech
http://nowpublic.com/world/govt-fusion-center-spying-pretext-harass-and-censor
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Posted by: scrivener50 | March 23, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

What a touching gesture. When Senator Kennedy died, he left a gaping hole in the Senate.

Posted by: MNUSA | March 23, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

ZZm, I do thank you for correcting my tea bagger comment. I had no idea. Guess I have been teaching primary to long. I will call you a Tea Party member from now on.

Posted by: VAlady56 | March 23, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

It really is sad that the Washington Post refuses to enforce any kind of standards of civilized discourse on its "comments" blogs. See, in contrast, how the New York Times filters out below-the-belt, ad hominem insults. All in all, typical of how the Washington Post's standards are slipping, along with the quality of its editorial page and the drain of good reporters.

Ted Kennedy was a giant, both in his virtues and his faults. But, as "VALady66" says, he acknowledged and made amends for his failures, while continuing to the end of his life to work for a better, juster, and more compassionate world.

Would that the many spewers of hate lurking here could acknowldge that--and do likewise.

Rest in peace, Ted. You served with honor and decency. Health care reform is your memorial. Thank you for your service.

And by the way, quoth the Post: "User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site."

Posted by: jasm917 | March 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Ted.
We all miss you.
America thanks you for your dedicated service.

This article and picture made me cry.
I am so happy that we finally live in a civilized country that helps everyone stay healthy.

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND TED.

Posted by: mattp1 | March 23, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace Teddy. One down (health care) one more to go (immigration).

Posted by: instinct227 | March 23, 2010 1:14 PM

Yeah, Ted as you look up from hell, you see all the loser Hopetard scoialists praising what you started. And, yes maybe there will be a reform of what you f'd up in 1986. The libs will need the votes. Illegal aliens=undocumented democrat!

Posted by: 65apr | March 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

twelvestring1

ditto, ditto, ditto!!! Great comment. I would just add that they can all move to Costa Rica with Rush Limbaugh. I'm sure they would all be happy together.

Thank you Teddy!!!!!

Posted by: VAlady56 | March 23, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

It's always a good day when a Kennedy leaves the gene pool.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | March 23, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I come from a long-standing Republican family. Everyone in my family has voted Republican in all contests, presidential and gubernatorial, since 1856. But lets face historical reality: the GOP has been on the wrong side of EVERY major issue for the past 100 years, at least since TR's administration. They opposed American participation in the League of Nations; their pro-Wall Street policies in the 20's produced the Great Depression; they then opposed every effort to reduce the consequences of the Depression; they opposed every New Deal reform, including Social Security, banking reform, unemployment insurance, collective bargaining; 40 hour work week; and public works; they opposed FDR's efforts to fight fascism; they opposed health expansion plans proposed by Gov. Earl Warren AND President Harry Truman; they opposed Medicare in 1965 (Ronald Reagan predicted the end of freedom over THAT one, the End of Days itself); they staunchly opposed all Civil Rights legislation, including for African Americans, women, and gays and lesbians; and they've opposed Health Care reform since at least 1935. They've played the Race Card in just about every election since Reagan's 1966 gubernatorial crusade. Oh, don't forget their creation of massive deficits through tax giveaways to the super wealthy in 1981-82 and 2001-2002. Great track record, there. They've really put their "Country First" -- as was their slogan in 2008. No doubt they'll have much to campaign on in 2010.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | March 23, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I come from a long-standing Republican family. Everyone in my family has voted Republican in all contests, presidential and gubernatorial, since 1856. But lets face historical reality: the GOP has been on the wrong side of EVERY major issue for the past 100 years, at least since TR's administration. They opposed American participation in the League of Nations; their pro-Wall Street policies in the 20's produced the Great Depression; they then opposed every effort to reduce the consequences of the Depression; they opposed every New Deal reform, including Social Security, banking reform, unemployment insurance, collective bargaining; 40 hour work week; and public works; they opposed FDR's efforts to fight fascism; they opposed health expansion plans proposed by Gov. Earl Warren AND President Harry Truman; they opposed Medicare in 1965 (Ronald Reagan predicted the end of freedom over THAT one, the End of Days itself); they staunchly opposed all Civil Rights legislation, including for African Americans, women, and gays and lesbians; and they've opposed Health Care reform since at least 1935. They've played the Race Card in just about every election since Reagan's 1966 gubernatorial crusade. Oh, don't forget their creation of massive deficits through tax giveaways to the super wealthy in 1981-82 and 2001-2002. Great track record, there. They've really put their "Country First" -- as was their slogan in 2008. No doubt they'll have much to campaign on in 2010.

Posted by: osullivanc1 | March 23, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

I would just like to remind all the screaming, hysterical Republicans out there that if Obamacare really reduces you to living in caves and eating grass as you predict, then Sarah Palin will sweep to victory in 2012 and she can repeal it (assuming she can spell "repeal")... Oh wait, no, John Boehner already announced that the GOP only wants to amend it, not repeal it. So, it to took less than 24 hours for the GOP leadership to reveal themselves as directionless, hypocritical halfwits.

Posted by: twelvestring1 | March 23, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Yup. Congress did its business.

Posted by: clankie | March 23, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Not a surprise to see the mean spirited sour grapes, after the vile comments and spitting at Congressmen this past week. The party of NO will soon be the party of no more votes for them.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | March 23, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Its not to hard to identify the teabaggers here. They all sound like a bunch of ill mannered hoodlums. If I believed all the sore loser Republican leaders and their lies I guess I might be acting the same way.
Thank God for poor sinners like Ted Kennedy who used the better part of his life to try to make this a better world. He admitted his faults and suffered the rest of his life for them, but he didn't give up. He treated other people, even his opponents, with respect. That's what he deserves now. Thank you Teddy!!

Posted by: VAlady56 | March 23, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

what a crock of drivel...... typical wapo ubber/lib spew...

ted.. what a piece of work he was... good thing that the liberals were absolutely in love with all things kennedy back then > you would not have survived to the extent you did with people knowing the scoundral you really were... you got way too many passes > because you were a kennedy..

fortunately > ole Caroline opened her mouth "you-know.. you know" and hopefully that's the last bit we see of her... and john-john took himself out of contention with his superior airmanship..

Posted by: kglkgl06 | March 23, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

heaven or hell........what a crock

Posted by: Micholina1 | March 23, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

You attack him because he was effective, a real legislator, not JUST a politician. And, yes, he was that as well. But being a Senator is (or at least used to be) about learning the innerworkings of parliamentary procedure and compromise and alliances. The biggest shame of the current climate was that in the clamor for a political toppling, the Republicans abandoned the hard work of actually crafting policy. That's what Ted Kennedy's legacy was (for anyone with half a brain). He brought disparate legislators together to actually pass legislation vital to the country. And no, he wasn't a perfect man -- it seems many legislators aren't (and I was just about to take the bait and start bringing up the LEGIONS of Republican failings). This is not a tribute to Ted Kennedy the man, but to Ted Kennedy, The Lion of The Senate. Ah, if it had only been a week earlier -- Irish eyes would truly have been smiling!

Posted by: Omyobama | March 23, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

A very large number of Retirees and Seniors on Medicare and Social security are relieved now ! The new benefits of the health care reforms Law will provide a long awaited relief .There is no doubt that after Medicare , this is a land mark bill for Seniors . President Obama and Democrats deserve kudos and congratulations for a job well done. As for the GOP , for being obstructionists for health care reforms Law , in the hope of gains in the midterm elections , this will back fire . There will be grave consequences for the GOP , particularly from Seniors , independents and other voters in November elections .

Posted by: dmfarooq | March 23, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Not one of you know the true story behind MaryJo and yet you condem..You that are so perfect, are hiding behind something ... so clean out your closet .. the filth that is spewed by the rep party is taking us back 100 years and erasing all we have done to get this far... you do not have to agree, but filth is not going to get you anywhere, just like the world sees what this party is doing to try to keep people from having health care.. and you have the audacity to call another to rot in hell

Posted by: flowymac | March 23, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Kennedy:
Thank You for teaching my children that dreams do come true.
Thank You for telling me not to give up, and above all thank you for allowing me and my family to live a better life. What was accomplished sets a precedent in history and now we have once again proven that those who fear and oppose are in reality ignorant. "The only thing to fear is fear itself".
Sincerely,
A Citizen of the United States

Posted by: apollostar2001 | March 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

fr tjhall1:

>Patrick, your father ...(snipped because of pure HATE)

You've been reported for pure hate speech. Grow UP and get a life. Move out of mommy's double-wide and get a REAL job.

Posted by: Alex511 | March 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

fr tjhall1:

>Patrick, your father ...(snipped because of pure HATE)

You've been reported for pure hate speech. Grow UP and get a life. Move out of mommy's double-wide and get a REAL job.

Posted by: Alex511 | March 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What did they tell him about Scott Brown being elected to finish his term and that Brown, Republican, ran on an anti-health care stance?

This whole thing is beyond maudlin.

Seriously, the family can do what they want but for the press to carry this story as having some kind of meaning especially after the Scott Brown victory is just tasteless.

Posted by: hz9604 | March 23, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Many of you guys' comments are inappropriate and mean, especially attached to a story like this.

Posted by: Bertilak | March 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, you people who are still talking about death panels and the like are absolute, certified, IDIOTS!!!!

It never stops amazing me that those on the right consider themselves patriots and above Christian, yet they condem folks to hell. For all you who are making nasty remarks about Senator Kennedy and the good that he has done for this country, who died and made you GOD?

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | March 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I voted for John Kennedy, the only Kennedy who was ever worth anything. Let's hope the Kennedy offspring will soon get off the national stage the press provides them and make something of themselves. They have begun to embarass themselves.

Posted by: mhr614 | March 23, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The notion that people are sick or poor because they are simply lazy, is a notion born of ignorance and lack of empathy.
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Lazy has nothing to do with it. You think only Dems get cancer, pal? We all do. Its how we respond as individuals that define who we are.

Posted by: zap123 | March 23, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

It's all about the Kennedy's. I wonder who the reporter was that saw the note first. I am sure he/she will win the big price for that one. Ted was a fighter, but not all fighters are good fighters. He never had a job where he paid out a paycheck or had to balance a company budget in his life. He was very good at spending other peoples money and then taking credit for the money he spent. He took over for his brother and never looked back. I feel for him as he lost many of his family in tragic ways but that alone does not make him a giant figure in American politics.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | March 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

All the hate and vitriol on this site will not help Patrick and his mother Joan as they struggle daily with their sobriety.

Posted by: wagtdn | March 23, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the horrible and disgusting words of some of the people commenting here. I listened to the comments made before the vote on the Healthcare bill Sunday night and some of them sounded almost as bad. What has happened to common civility in our country. Why can't we disagree anymore without acting like a bunch of unmannered morons. You people commenting on Ted Kennedy's faults must be saints. Is that right? How would you like to prove you are worthy to go to heaven.

Posted by: teacherlady | March 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

No doubt that Ted Kennedy was a prime mover of health care reform. Someday the obsession w/ the Kennedys in this country might actually end. The whole dynasty was built by the elder Joe's dirty money, earned from stock manipulation, bootlegging and assorted other nefarious acts. Sure Teddy championed health care, but he was the privileged youngest child of a completely corrupt scoundrel....

Posted by: randysbailin | March 23, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I left this message on several comments pages on Sunday evening at the time of the healthcare legislation's passing:

Hurrah, and thank you, Senator Kennedy!

Again, sir, your tireless work brought to fruition the efforts of almost a century's worth of leaders from both parties. America thanks you.

Posted by: talitha1 | March 23, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Blessings and gratitude to Ted and the Kennedy family--champions of social and economic justice.

Ted, you continue to inspire!

Posted by: org2 | March 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This is not the time or place for the vitriol on this site. Those who are spewing such disgusting and venomous remarks on this site have probably never done one thing during his or her lifetime to better this country, or contributed to community service. Yes, Ted Kennedy wasn't perfect, but he did spend the rest of his life trying to make your lives better. And if you had half a brain you would realize this. What have you done?

Posted by: carolgolds | March 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"a Repub will learn the value of hard work, and though he or she may get knocked off the horse 100 times, they get right back on."
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Well, that's all well and good if you are healthy and strong. Then that is what happens in your life.

But if you are born crippled, or with a disease that causes companies to refuse to insure you, or you are a crack baby, or lose your job and can't find a new one - or if you get cancer and suddenly find out that your insurance won't cover all the costs to keep you alive - then government HAS to assist you, if you want to live in a civilized society.

The notion that people are sick or poor because they are simply lazy, is a notion born of ignorance and lack of empathy.

Posted by: asoders22 | March 23, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments, I think about what my Dad once said, "Even though some people are of age, they act like children." Too many of the Republicans are not behaving like adults--with wisdom and having put foolishness aside. The healthcare bill is a step in the right direction, and some of the same folks knocking it will be reaping the benefits. Let's pray for the nation-that wisdom and common sense will rule the day; not nonsense and foolishness.

Posted by: collinsbs | March 23, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long the late Sen. Kennedy would have survived under OBAMAcare? Would he have gotten the late life brain surgery? Or would GOVERNMENT limitations have said tough luck old man? Time will tell what the 'death panels' have in store for all of us.

Posted by: iphony

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The Senator would not have had to resort to Obamacare. Countries like Britain and Canada have informal channels of control that ensure that politically-connected persons like Senators don’t go without.

Private citizens without political connections will have to resort to “medical tourism” and travel to foreign countries like Mexico and pay cash up-front to get the quality care they need in a timely manner.
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Posted by: ZZim | March 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So the Mob and gangsters got away with murder and the bleeding of the people will now begin. Hold on U.S.A. you are to see Al Capone at work with your pocket and the irresponsible become more irresponsible and the thieves like Obama, Polosi and Reid leave you dry. You ain't seen anything yet this Communist Obama is going to become richer and leave with more grandiose manner while the middle class disappears. Has anybody seen or heard about "the 1 Million dollars he was won as a piece prize doing nothing that he was going to donate to charity ? It is still in his pocket and will not let it go. Next is Obama and Oprah for candidacy that is why she is leaving the show. Let's hope that the people don't fall for this idiotic pair..... Obama will ditch the good for nothing Biden.... ha ha ha

Posted by: amapola11 | March 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

GAG ME.

Posted by: electra775 | March 23, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The Republican says: Let's make sure nothing stops ME from making MY private life as good as possible - and if I feel like it, I can give something to charities. But hey, if they are born in poverty or with diseases or lose their job, that's their business.
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More correctly, a Repub will learn the value of hard work, and though he or she may get knocked off the horse 100 times, they get right back on. Nothing in life is guaranteed. You make it on your merits and you keep fighting until you are done, not until you think you are entitled to government handouts your entire life. Now, that's a bit closer to what a Repub is about.

Posted by: zap123 | March 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

You mean spiteful like the comments you hypocrital liberies spewed when Reagan died and when Cheney had his heart attack? Go back and read those comments and tell me who has all this hate built up inside them.

Posted by: crazydude | March 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

God bless you, Senator Kennedy, the Lion Of The Senate, and Everyman's friend.

You are missed.

Posted by: binkynh | March 23, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

So many have worked for so long to bring health care to the Americans, also those who can't pay. Ted Kennedy, Hillary Clinton - and many, many others. It's an unselfish act.

The difference between the Democratic and Republican agenda is that the Democrat says: Let's make sure people get a chance to a decent life, even if those of us who are healthy and have a sound economy have to chip in.

The Republican says: Let's make sure nothing stops ME from making MY private life as good as possible - and if I feel like it, I can give something to charities. But hey, if they are born in poverty or with diseases or lose their job, that's their business.

Posted by: asoders22 | March 23, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Takes a lot of guts to abuse a dead guy on a message board using an assumed name. You're the real heroes.

Posted by: StevenDolley | March 23, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Please, all of you angry, bitter people, there are plenty of other places to spill your hate. Please go to a tea party or write on some other article -- but not this one. If you have no respect for what Kennedy did and tried to do, at least see if you can muster some respect for the idea of civility. I know it's hard when you hate your own life, but the only thing you are accomplishing with your curses, insults and lies is to disgrace whatever cause you are trying to support.

Posted by: motoindc | March 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Rest in Peace Sen. Kennedy. God Bless you for all your hard work and effort in helping this get done.

a humble thank you

Dr. Thomas Walker
Internal Medicine

Posted by: rulein | March 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I really cannot understand the spiteful, mean-spirited comments on this thread. Nope, Senator Kennedy wasn't perfect. He did some things that definitely required that he ask for forgiveness. But here's a newsflash -- which of you posters are perfect? Which of you have NEVER done anything wrong. I'm not talking about a "big" thing...I'm talking about NOTHING. Hmmm???? Waiting for an answer... Yeah, that's what I thought.

I definitely will not defend what happened all those years ago, but I will not be so judgemental as to assume that the sum total of the man is Chappaquidick. He lived several honorable decades after that and truly fought on behalf of those who have the least in our country. I think that's all this article was trying to say.

Posted by: anonymous1958 | March 23, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I thank Ted Kennedy for working for working-class people. He was from a wealthy family and probably didn't have to, but he did. And yes, he was imperfect and made his mistakes, but he made looking out for others his life's work and I appreciate him for it.

Posted by: gce1356 | March 23, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I see this small "Health-care bill as tribute to Sen. Kennedy" piece has reliably brought the Kennedy haters, and their despicably disgusting screeds out from under their rocks. What tortured, unrequited lives you must lead to cause you to spout such filth. I pity you all.

Posted by: bienefes | March 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No man or woman is perfect, but that is exactly what God intends for us to have to work with. It is what we do with our imperfection that counts. Edward Kennedy was imperfect; but he worked for working class people and I admire him for it. I admire many imperfect people.

Posted by: maymet | March 23, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how long the late Sen. Kennedy would have survived under OBAMAcare? Would he have gotten the late life brain surgery? Or would GOVERNMENT limitations have said tough luck old man? Time will tell what the 'death panels' have in store for all of us.

Posted by: iphony | March 23, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

wapo how long is the picture of this guys grave going to be displayed? how bout more on our military HEROS deaths? what bs on his job being done. hopefully crapolot is finished

Posted by: pofinpa | March 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

As I sit and ponder this, I can't help but think that this is just more Kennedy drama. How did this end up in the news? Did Patrick or someone from his "office" alert the media that the note was there?
I really do wish these people would just go away. They are a blight on America

Posted by: dbeins | March 23, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The Kennedys are all such selfish jerks.

Ted Kennedy died and his pet project should have died with him.

Now Americans will pay trillions of dollars so the Kennedy family can roll it it's own self-importance. I really hate those self-absorbed plutocrats sometimes. I really do.

Posted by: ZZim | March 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

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Judy in Texas proposes injecting a "chip" in me so I don't get any health care at all, not even the care I already pay for on my own.

Judy, if I don't get any care, do I still have to subsidize yours ? Or will the tattoo you force on me exempt me from taxes ?
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Posted by: BrianX9 | March 23, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh gag me.

Posted by: bandmom22 | March 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If you want the good and bad about Teddy Kennedy, please actually read it
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy

He was in the Military, and thus gets into Arlington Cemetery on his own merits? His father position may have gotten him out of a war, but he actually showed up at his assignment unlike some Republicans we all know.

BTW I have heard from multiple officer no commander wants a Senator or other high leader's child in their combat unit, its far more trouble than its worth. Perhaps we are unfair to those that were prevented from combat for such reasons, some of them may have considered what was best for the people in their unit.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 23, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Unbelieveable that people still write this kind of sentimental crap about the Kennedys. But then again, a lot of people still speak highly of John Gotti. Some things never change at WaPo. Kennedy worship will always make good copy. Ted Kennedy was an affliction that infected the American character with dependency and personal irresponsibility.

Posted by: maxtel1910 | March 23, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This scene at Arlington Cemetery puts me in mind of the M.L.K. speech (paraphrasing):
"I've seen the promised land (but) I can't get there with you."
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To those who stubbornly reject this healthcare bill:
Fine.
We need to pass a postscript to the bill.
All who oppose this program must accept an implanted computer chip, so that, should someone call 911 if you get in trouble, or have an accident, we can instantly identify you and pass you by.
That way, those of us who supported it can get the help we need and deserve; those who oppose such coverage can rely on their own resources.
If they die on the side of the road, we'll just call their families and haul their bodies away -- for a fee.
Otherwise, let them rot.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | March 23, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

MEMO TO REP. PATRICK KENNEDY:

Actually, the "unfinished business" is finding out who killed your Uncle Jack... as well as what precipitated your dad's brain tumor.

HOMELAND-RUN 'FUSION CENTERS' SILENTLY ASSAULT, TORTURE, IMPAIR, SUBJUGATE U.S. CITIZENS WITH CELL TOWER MICROWAVE/RF WEAPON SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, 'COMMUNITY WATCH' VIGILANTE DOMESTIC TERRORISM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

* Thousands of Americans slandered as "dissidents" or undesirables, targeted by Bush legacy program for debilitating, cell tower- based precision-targeted microwave//laser assault, held hostage in their homes to fed-supported vigilante "community policing" stalking units equipped with warrantless GPS devices, who vandalize and terrorize as local police look the other way.

* Electromagnetic radio frequency microwave/laser/RF weapon system -- a nationwide installation employing cell towers and satellites -- silently, invisibly induce weakness, exhaustion, mood changes, pain, head and body aches, physical and neurological impairment, strokes, aneurysms, sickness, cancer -- and many victims do not realize what is making them sick.

===== POLITICAL LEADERS MAY BE AMONG TARGETS =====

* Regional Homeland Security- administered "fusion centers" reportedly serve as command centers for covert electromagnetic radiation attacks, pervasive surveillance, financial sabotage of those identified as "dissidents," "trouble-makers" or slandered as threats to society.

* Use of microwave weaponry to torture and impair political opponents recently confirmed by deposed Honduras President Manuel Zelaya.

"These are crimes against humanity and the Constitution, being perpetrated under the cover of national security and 'safe streets' by multiple federal and local agencies and commands -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight, enabled by the naivete of those who think 'it can't happen here.'" -- Victor Livingston, former reporter for WTXF-TV Philadelphia, Phila. Bulletin, N.Y. Daily News, St. Petersburg Times; producer/host, MSG Network Sports Business Report; columnist, NowPublic.com/scrivener.

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

BUCKS COUNTY, PA- BASED MAGLOCLEN FUSION CENTER -- "Centom of a Mid-Atlantic States Fed- and Police-Protected American Gestapo."

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

OR NowPublic.com/scrivener (see "stories" list).

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 23, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Teddy

Posted by: targetsix | March 23, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Ted, the venom of your foes here and in Congress further proves your greatest. Your tireless actions have helped start restoring America to rightful place as Leaders of the Free World.

I really hope you can see this great day in the History of America, there haven't been many like it lately.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | March 23, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

You right wing vermin are beyond the pale. I guess your remarks are what you'd expect from those who spit and call African American Congressmen the n-word.

Keep it up. You really show your true colors. As an aside, do you really think name calling, spitting, and racial epithets are going to win people over to your point of view?

The more the voting public associates the fanatical right wing, tea bagger, white trash crowd with the Republican party the longer Democrats will remain in power.

Posted by: montana123 | March 23, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Anybody see P. Kennedy on TV last night? The kid has lost it. There is something seriously wrong with him.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Look, a "great man" does not leave a girl to die and save himself or engage in all sorts of reckless behavior and then portray himself as being a good catholic.
That being said, the man is dead and should be allowed to rest in peace and certainly no son should be mocked for leaving a note at his father's gravesite. Like all of us he had his strengths and his weaknesses.

Posted by: jrnolan1 | March 23, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Obamasnotyamama: Dad, the great work is done". Now it's time to PARTY! Yep Dad, I'll belt back a quart for you. Throw in some pills, heck Dad I might even take one of the babes in the office out for a drive. You know what you taught me.

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What's it like to drown in your own vile bitterness. What a freaking loser you are.

Posted by: easysoul | March 23, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

As usual, the opposition resorts to name calling and petty digs -- this time over a man's grave. Classy.

Ted Kennedy was a great man and the spirit behind this bill. He deserves this moment. I only wish he could have been here.

Posted by: gettingdizzy1 | March 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Really weak Post - once again shame on you and the press person for the Kennedy family who allowed this "episode"

Posted by: blonde19 | March 23, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@instinct227 --- Amen!

Posted by: kbockl | March 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Whata crock of you know what.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Yawn..

Posted by: speedo1 | March 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

"TedStrong" bracelet? LOL. Had to steal that too, several years too late for the fad. Ted's last act was to fly down to Duke to find the best doctor in the country to treat him. Nothing but the best.

Why's he at Arlington Cemetary? Dad got him out of service in the Korean War? What a legacy, the cheats and takers get honored burial, exclusive healthcare and ... (choke, giggle) wristbands that say "TedStrong."

Posted by: jhtlag1 | March 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The bill should have been named the "Edward M. Kennedy Universal Health Care Act."

He deserved the tribute. Thanks, Ted.

Posted by: truly1 | March 23, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for remembering this great man. Had he not kept the flicker of hope alive for so many years, we would not be here. We wish he could be with us in body, though we know he was here in spirit. Thank you, Senator Kennedy. For everything. But most especially the idea that health care wasn't a privilege for the few.

Posted by: littleoldlady | March 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Rest in peace Teddy. One down (health care) one more to go (immigration).

Posted by: instinct227 | March 23, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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