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Ted Kennedy: RIP

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) has died at the age of 77.

We'll have more on what Kennedy meant -- and means -- in the political world later this morning.

In the meantime, check out the obituaries of Kennedy from the Boston Globe and Washington Post.

And, read our review of a Kennedy biography from the staff of the Globe.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2009; 8:08 AM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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Posted by: JakeD | August 28, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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 9:20 AM | Report abuse

SeniorVet - God knows you're right, and I'm figuring he will soon have to face Mary Jo herself...but while we're still down here, please forgive him - we will never forget, but we must forgive him... God bless you

Posted by: mrichardson2 | August 26, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

A man who grew in life and in politics.
he started out a little brother, made nasty personal decisions and yet became a lion, looking out for the little man. On the balace a remarkable politican. Some one who could not exist in politics today.
We no longer forgive anyone there sins and we demonize anyone who thinks different than we do. Rest in peace sir

Posted by: farmboy3 | August 26, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"wtf are we gonna do w/out him? "

work every day to make sure his dream of Universal Healthcare become the reality he never saw. that is what he would have expected from each of us rather than flowers or tributes.

Posted by: leichtman | August 26, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Rest In Peace....and make heaven more Progressive.

Posted by: leichtman | August 26, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

There will never be another he did so much for so many,my heart is heavy today,he was a member of America's royal family, Rest In Peace Teddy.

Posted by: greenmean | August 26, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

RIP Senator Ted Kennedy.

While I agreed with about nothing this man stood for, I do respect his conviction of fighting for the poor and standing on his convictions. Rest in Peace. I will be praying for the Kennedy family in this time of grief.

Posted by: reason5 | August 26, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

The work of increasing abortion goes on, the cause goes on, the hope of all abortionists lives on and the lies of Congress shall never die. It sure is hot here with Jack and Bobby. Am I in Hell or Purgatory? Edward Kennedy

Posted by: mascmen7 | August 26, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

wtf are we gonna do w/out him?

Good guys are so hard to find these days...

ESPECIALLY mighty lions who fight for Human Rights.

Rest in peace Sir.....I am nobody.....but I am nobody who will always remember u

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 26, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy carries the sin of Chappaquiddick to his grave. Driving while drunk, his car with passenger were upside down in the water. Mary Jo Kopechne drowned that night. Kennedy was too drunk to pull her out. He waited a whole day before he reported the accident. What would be the penalty today for that drunken action?
Rest in peace, Mary Jo ...

Posted by: SeniorVet | August 26, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die...thank you Mr. Kennedy.

Posted by: giannisaint | August 26, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

While of course this news was expected, it was still such a sad announcement to wake up to this morning. Ted Kennedy's work has bettered the lives of all Americans-- and people around the world-- for many years to come. This is the passing of a giant, great spirit.

Posted by: dcgrasso1 | August 26, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

out of the dual tragedies of his brothers' killings, grew a man with the weight of his family's legacy on his shoulders. Thank you Senator Kennedy, for your service to the country, and putting country first.

Posted by: katem1 | August 26, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

American has lost a treasure. There have not been many like him. He put people first in all his dealings and will be remembered as one of the finest Senators this country has ever known. May he rest in peace - a good and faithful servant of us all.

Posted by: thecranks | August 26, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

How lucky our country was to have Ted Kennedy in the limelight for all these many years. Yes, he made big mistakes but he worked tirelessly to atone for them and to help our country be a kinder place where we help one another. Yes, rest in peace.

Posted by: waterparadise | August 26, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for your dedicated service to the people of Massachusetts, the United States, and the world. Rest in peace, Senator.

Posted by: hiberniantears | August 26, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Fought the good fight even when politics suggested he do otherwise.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 26, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Rest in peace, Senator.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 26, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Senator Kennedy, for your long and selfless service to our country.

Posted by: yeswiican | August 26, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

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