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August 26th, 2009
03:58 PM ET

Timeline: Kennedy's triumphs and controversy

Senator Edward Kennedy died late Tuesday at his home.

Senator Edward Kennedy died late Tuesday at his home.

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Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, the patriarch of the first family of Democratic politics, died late Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 77.

"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever," a family statement said. "We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice."

Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, just a few feet from the graves of his brothers, a senior Defense Department official told CNN. He is eligible for burial at Arlington due to his congressional service and his tenure in the Army from 1951 to 1953.

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  1. dottie

    l really love those kennedys: they are a remarkable family.they are also
    consider the AMERICA Royality:the camelot family in U.S.A.
    the reason the kennedys family are so love,is because the fought
    for the civil right of black American,during the time of the struggles
    for equal right for all American,President kennedy and his brothers
    Robert,and our beloving Teddy were the power house in fighting for
    the struggles of segregation for black American.ln the 1960's
    the act of segregation were very visible, minority groups were separated through violent forces of discrimination ,but the kennedys fought and enforced intergration.Therefore President Kennedys and
    his brother Robert Kennedy were assasinated for the cause, as well
    as Civil Right leader Martin luther Kings.
    in my opinion, all civil right leaders ,should speak on the kennedys
    what they did for black American,in the struggles for the fight of treating all America fairly and to stop predudice and unfair treatment..
    Jesse Jacksons and Al sharpton ,we need you to get on board.
    ,,,,,,the kennedys , ours royality family of American.
    we ,love Ted Kennedys, ours prayers,and thought of
    with ,your entired family, Teddy rest in peace......

    August 27, 2009 at 6:07 am |
  2. dottie

    l really love those kennedys: they are a remarkable family.they are also
    consider the AMERICA Royality:the camelot family in U.S.A.
    the reason the kennedys family are so love,is because the fought
    for the civil right of black American,during the time of the struggles
    for equal right for all American,President kennedy and his brothers
    Robert,and our beloving Teddy were the power house in fighting for
    the struggles of segregation for black American.ln the 1960's
    the act of segregation were very visible, minority groups were separated through violent forces of discrimination ,but the kennedys fought and enforced intergration.Therefore President Kennedys and
    his brother Robert Kennedy were assasinated for the cause, as well
    as Civil Right leader Martin luther Kings.
    in my opinion, all civil right leaders ,should speak on the kennedys
    what they did for black American,in the struggles for the fight oft treating all America fairly and to stop predudice and unfair treatment..
    Jesse Jacksons and Al sharpton ,we need you to get on board.
    ,,,,,,the kennedys , ours royality family of American.
    we ,love Ted Kennedys, oures prayers,and thought of
    with ,your entired family, Teddy rest in peace......

    August 27, 2009 at 6:01 am |
  3. Joseph Stankovich

    Dear Anderson and Staff,

    I enjoyed your fair and poinant discussion of the triumphs and
    "stain" on Senator Kennedy's character vis a vis the Mary Jo
    Kopeckne tragedy.

    I just wonder how Ted avoided prosecution for his drunk driving
    escapade that cost of life of his talented secretary.

    Was someone in the police dept. paid off?

    His subsequent speech admitting his debauchery reminded me
    of Nixon's Checkers speech back in the early 50's.

    Should all drunk drivers who create a homicide be held to the
    same consequences?

    Say, if it were me, would I be able to walk away from the consequences by giving a simple TV apology.

    True, his many accomplishments far outweigh the Kopeckne incident.

    Enjoy your program!

    Sincerely,
    Joseph Stankovich
    mrstankovich@hotmail.com

    August 27, 2009 at 4:44 am |
  4. nea

    Ted Kennedy was a good man no he was not perfect which none of us are. Even though this is a sad occasion but GOD sure know how to bring people together the Democrats really need to come together and maybe this will be a wake-up call. Lord knows a house thats divided cannot stand,I know the right are yelling and screaming about health care reform and People are mad with the President but now is the time to come together. This man worked very hard for health care reform and it would really be sad for this to not get passed now. And people may criticize President Obama all they want but just like Ted Kenndy he have a BIG HEART! AND I PRAY HE FIGHT ON FOR HEALTH CARE!

    August 27, 2009 at 2:00 am |
  5. KIm

    Pl 107-110, Ted Kennedy and the Re-Authorization of NCLB ! Think we just sailed in with the controversy ! TAC ! Re -calulate compass and keep sailing ! Someone said as a driver for Ted Kennedy,he was always asking,"are we there yet ?" Enough said and we'll miss him.

    August 27, 2009 at 1:12 am |
  6. KIm

    Who is going to replace his fight for Improving American Education ? He was on the reauthorization of NCLB and the chairman of the committee.He listened to what was working and was changing what wasn't ! We've lost a fighter ! We'll find his balance and across the board fairness on NCLB ! He left a compass !

    August 27, 2009 at 12:11 am |
  7. Gayle in New Orleans

    I was sadden to hear the news first thing this morning that Ted Kennedy had died. We all knew it was coming, but the reality is more than we could have fully understood until it happened. Thank you, Senator Kennedy.

    I would also like to comment about Dr. Gupta's piece about the horrible situation concerning mental health care in New Orleans. I appreciate his visit and sharing with your program just how bad the problems are here in trying to care for the mentally ill. Unfortunately, his report about the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital was inaccurate. The hospital did not CLOSE, it was SHUT DOWN by our political hack of a governnor BOBBY JINDAHL for "cost savings." The services have been moved across the lake, leaving nothing in New Orleans at a time when the need is the greatest. If this is representative of his concern for the people of this city and state, we should think very seriously about any future public office for this fool.

    Gayle in New Orleans

    August 27, 2009 at 12:08 am |
  8. Larryboy

    All anyone needs to know about Ted Kennedy:
    Earlier that morning of July 18th, 1969, two amateur fishermen had seen the overturned car in the water and notified the inhabitants of the cottage nearest to the pond, who called the authorities at around 8:20 am. A diver was sent down and discovered Kopechne's body at around 8:45 am. The diver, John Farrar, later testified at the inquest that Kopechne's body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted this to mean that Kopechne had survived for a while after the initial accident in the air bubble. Farrar believed that Kopechne "lived for at least two hours down there." While Ted left Mary Jo for dead, having walked back to his hotel to go to sleep.

    August 26, 2009 at 11:41 pm |
  9. carol kesling

    im glad he will be buried close to his brothers...he can be at peace there..god bless you teddy !!

    August 26, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @Carla, the controversy is Chappaquidick, when a drunk Teddy crashed a car off a bridge and left the young woman he was with (not his wife) behind in the sunken car to die. He didn't report the accident until well after sobering up. It probably cost him the Presidency and rightly so. Only God can say if his good deeds since then outweigh the tragedy he caused.

    August 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm |
  11. N. Manetavat

    TIMES Man of the year 2009.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  12. Suzi, Billerica, MA

    Now the question is who will take up the challenge now that the Kenedy Trilogy(John, Bobby and Ted) are gone. They were men of their generation, flawed, and so complex and conflicting that they so dedicated themselves to the betterment of mankind and America, but I personally have never been able to get past the way we all are expected to idolize them for the truely good they have done while ignoring the shady things like affairs of the other brothers and Chappequidick for Ted. I still wonder what happened and hope he was free of guilt so his soul now does rest in peace and so history can truely appreciate the many many good deeds all the Kenedy's have done, and not always for fame and power, but for goodness sake, I truely believe or at least hope.

    August 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm |
  13. Susan

    I too am glad that he is being buried with his brothers. I remember going to Arlington National Cemetery and being humbled by the eternal flame at President Kennedy's buriel site.

    August 26, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  14. kristeen

    I really respect his dedication to public service although I cannot keep from thinking it must have been nice to go to the hospital for every treatment possible because he had the best medical care while the people who paid his salary and his insurance most likely do not have that luxury. That must have been a peaceful way to go.

    August 26, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  15. Joe G. (Illinois)

    Strength of conviction goes a long way.. He was for abortion people..! You honestly praise this guy? Even the most atrocious monsters of Pelican Island had standards..! And he was old school. But if Borak Obama likes him and you all want to fallow along…!

    August 26, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  16. Larry

    Wow! Just heard that Dominick Dunne died today; gonna be a busy day/ for CNN.

    August 26, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  17. Larry

    I guess if the remains of the eldest of the 4 Kennedy brothers are ever recovered then they would probably be interred there; though I don't understand why he is still listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial.

    August 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  18. Joe Fattal

    He is an icon for the democratic party, a great man, and a very powerful man, that he has used his power to make a very personal choice as to supporting Obama in his election bid, supporting a man that he knew that wasn't qualify as a non natural-born citizen, supporting a man against his rival Hillary Clinton. Yes Ted Kennedy was a powerful man, to the point were he challenged the same amendments of the constitution that he sworn to abide by. Ted Kennedy is a loss, not for the senate, but for his family. We are seeing the result of his choice, and was his biggest mistake.

    August 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  19. Carla

    Well if nothing else, WHERE he would be buried was determined damnned quick. Maybe the Kennedy's should call the Jacksons and give them some advice.

    BTW, where's the "controversial" part of this?

    August 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Annie Kate

    I had hoped he would be buried with his brothers. I'm glad he is eligible to be buried there so there is no controversy about it. I wonder if there are any other 3 brothers (or more) buried together in Arlington.

    August 26, 2009 at 1:46 pm |