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Outpouring of Remembrances Online

By Garance Franke-Ruta
The tribute video from the Democratic National Convention last year, posted online at by the Committee for a Democratic Majority, is just one of many remembrances being posted online today, from statements to videos to calls for action.

Among them, an April 1968 Democratic convention speech in Sitka, Alaska, below, shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


• His 1980 Democratic National Convention speech can be heard and read here. Video of excerpts from his concession speech can be viewed here.

• Members of his current and former staffs send remembrances to National Journal.

• Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) sings a video tribute on YouTube. The song for Kennedy is called "Headed Home" and was written with Phil Springer. The refrain: "Just honor him/ Honor him/ And every fear/ Will be a thing of the past."

• The New Yorker selects excerpts from decades of coverage of the lion of the Senate.

• The American Prospect's Harold Meyerson, also a Post columnist, unpacks what Kennedy meant to the history of American liberalism.

• In The New Republic, Sean Wilentz looks out over the triumph and tragedy of Kennedy's life.

The Sunlight Foundation points out that Kennedy was the first member of Congress to have a Web site, way back in 1993.

• And the Harvard Crimson recalls his college years. He was a member of the Owl.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 26, 2009; 4:05 PM ET
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As Ted Kennedy was preparing to marry his first wife, Joan, I remember, as a thirteen year-old boy, being outside St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville, N.Y. Ted and his brothers, Bobby and Jack, were going in the back entrance. My brother and I had been outside playing basketball and came over to see what all the fuss was about. JFK asked me to throw him the basketball and I complied. They were looking for an extra altar boy to serve at the wedding, but because we had sneakers on, neither one of us qualified.

Politics aside, this is one of those memories that sticks with you over the years, fifty to be exact. May he rest in peace!

Posted by: papatonyc | August 27, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

The Great Kennedy Legacy??? Peruse the facts. His legacy is the proverbial ‘albatross.’

Kicked out of Harvard for cheating in 1950….Two years later Harvard put him on probation for an undisclosed incident… Never earned his varsity letter, he was a loser with money… 1956 Went to Va law school and graduated at the bottom of his class even though he won the prestigious William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition. Gift's to a loser… 1958 charged with reckless driving and driving without a license having been revoked due to previous offensives and drunkenness (sic. A harbinger of things to come.)…. 1959 - 9 years later he finally graduated from law school at the bottom of his class, took him 9 years to get law degree…. During the mid 60's his wife left him for womanizing and pounding the bottle, coming home drunk, beating his wife…. 1969 he was remarried but again was pounding the bottle, Plowing women and pounding the gas pedal killing Mary Jo Kopechne (sic: The Chappaquiddick Swim Club will be awarding Teddy, posthumously, the “lifetime survivor award “ = “Drink, Drive Drunk, Swim” from a submerged auto beating the passenger to the shore and living to ‘beat a murder charge.’ ) ///// 1970 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered the inquest be conducted in secret and the Presiding judge, James A. Boyle, concluded that Kennedy's story of that night, on the Chappaquiddick, was not true and that he, Teddy, lied. /// 1981 Joan Kennedy had had enough of this w h ore chasing drunk and sued for divorce. … 1984 Ted's cheeks were becoming blotchy due to excessive binge drinking….. 1985 Twice Ted and loser Chris Dodd were drunk in a Washington restaurant and the police were summoned and Ted was arrested for trying to dry h ump a waitress. (Clymer, A Biography, p. 385)….. 1989 the European paparazzi filmed him on a vacation having sex on a motorboat. (Was not another political hack caught in a similar position, on a boat, by the name of Gary somebody?????) …. Used his influence to peddle Anti American John Kerry to the senate who to this day mooches off his wife for money….. Has a lifetime rating by the NRA of an "F"

With all this bad on Teddy, he needed a break and got it. He had his life extended, at least 10-years, as he did not have to face the Heath Care Czar, earlier, and have his life shortened due to a LESSER THAN ACCEPTABLE “QUALITY OF REMAINING LIFE EXPECTANCY” FACTOR.) Although, if the Czar would have been in place, the Czar could have saved America much unnecessary angst and billions of taxpayer dollars down a number of rat holes.

Posted by: JKERNER | August 27, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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