August 26th, 2009
03:34 PM ET

Obama calls Kennedy 'greatest U.S. senator of our time'

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A sampling of reactions to the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday night at age 77:

U.S. President Barack Obama: For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

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Filed under: Sen. Ted Kennedy
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dana

    First, everytime a Kennedy dies, someone has to say, "is this the end of Camelot"? I say with 69 some great grandchildren and 30 some odd grandchildren, that it will never end. Somewhere today even, there is probably at least one of those children, that is studying the family history and feeling a familiar tingling, an excitement building like a wave from a storm. Second, while controversy has always surrounded the Kennedy's. Must we dwell on the mistakes? How many families can say that their children, that many of them, successfully made it through college with no problems, mostly with honors, and then went on to do some kind of public service? How many Kennedy's ran around flaunting their wealth, driving fancy cars and demanding privilege? How many are in financial trouble? The past Kennedy problems pale in comparison to the controversies surrounding our politicians and wealthy today. A great man died yesterday. Our country is losing great men and women on a weekly basis it seems this year. Who will ever be able to fill their shoes?

    August 27, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  2. truthislove45

    Ofcourse Obama would call such a sinful liberal man "the greatist" as Obama has NO discernment between good and evil! Obama has already FAILED! The moment he claimed to be a Christian he showed otherwise by his works. He clothes himself in a robe of religion in order to "try" and hide how EVIL he really is. The devil comes to kill (murder aka abortion) steal (robbing future generations/exploiting peoples fears) and destroy (Obama could care less about peoples liberties seeks to destroy them/freedom of speech/hate crime bills condoning wickedness) Obama clearly listens to his father the Devil and carries out his works. Could Obama be the antichrist-he is loved worldwide/he is crafty and causes it to prosper/he is fierce in his deceptions and godless agendas/he is redistributing wealth/ he honors those who break Gods laws. Indeed per Gods word he has failed what it means to be Christian and God fearing. Such a man will not treat Gods creation with wisdom. Jesus is the way of true change/ Obama is the way of short change!

    August 27, 2009 at 4:29 am |
  3. Brandy

    Please someone explain to me why we have this great fear that the Republicans had the Kennedy family killed. Of course Teddy had brain cancer, but John, Bobby and yes even John Kennedy, Jr. It is obvious President John F. Kennedy's death was political as well as Bobby Kennedy bkz of their association w/ MLK, but when John John died in airplane crash, some of us felt his plane was tampered with. After being informed that Teddy was in a plane crash too, our suspicion heightened. There is no doubt that the Republicans killed off the Kennedy clan and no one can prove to us otherwise. It is just really sad and frightening to know what extreme measures are taken in the political world in order for one party to win over the other. The fear of dieing at the had of an assasin's bullet had to hoover over Teddy his entire life. Had he won the presidency, his opposition assuredly would have hurt him as well. We need to have these discussions.

    August 27, 2009 at 12:25 am |
  4. mary shaw, colorado springs co

    The Halls of Congress will hear the roar of The Great Lion no more, but on a still night if one is quiet, the echoes of past roars may yet be heard. Rest in Peace Gentle Lion.

    August 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  5. Tammy, Houma, LA

    You can bet the treatment Ted Kennedy received is far greater than anything Obama and the idiot corps in the legislature will ever offer to the average American citizen in a public health option.

    August 26, 2009 at 9:53 pm |
  6. Joe Fattal

    Obama needs to come out with a better eulogy than that. How quick will he forget that without Kennedy endorsement and that before he even start campaigning, he wouldn't have made it in the White House as President.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  7. Susan

    @ Arnold

    What decisions Senator Kennedy made about his treatment are really none of your/anyone's business. He made those decisions with his doctor and his family. Who are you to judge ???????

    August 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  8. Mari

    Senator Kennedy was the best senator, we will rarely see anyone else like him. He was bipartisan and was able to reach across the aisle and work with the other side.

    I am sure President Obama will miss not only his friendship and support but also his advice.

    Rest in peace Sen. Kennedy, you were a sinner like the rest of us, and Jesus welcomes you home!

    August 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  9. Larry

    Wow! Ted Kennedy, Roman Catholic, was able to divorce and then re-marry? What kind of Roman Catholicism is that? Can he have a Roman Catholic funeral service? Will his ex-wife be at the funeral?

    August 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  10. arnold simon

    The death of
    Senator Kennedy is a tradegy.However as an advocate of universal,cost controlled health care ,'the public deserves to know what he did personally,which is always more important than what one says.
    His brain tumor had a hopeless prognosis from the moment it was diagnosed.What procedures and what therapies were used to treat his predictably fatal disease ,and how much did his treatments cost?

    August 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  11. Larry

    Wonder how Obama goes about ranking Senators? Do the senators have to meet some benchmark, eg: are not rich, don't profit financially from lobbyists, be in favor of term limits, etc. Hmm how would he rank himself as a senator?

    August 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    Wonderful collection of tributes – I have never heard Senator Reid be so eloquent. In saying "Ted Kennedy's dream was the one for which the founding fathers fought and for which his brothers sought to realize. The liberal lion's mighty roar may now fall silent, but his dream shall never die."
    Harry Reid gave the tribute that perhaps would touch Ted Kennedy the most. Thank you for sharing these.

    August 26, 2009 at 2:04 pm |