August has been a cruel month for the Kennedy clan, first with the death on the 11th of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and then two weeks later, that of Sen. Edward Kennedy.
I’m not sure, but they may have been the last living siblings of John and Robert Kennedy, both cut down too soon.
Public service was ingrained in these men and women and it continues in the ranks of their children and grandchildren.
The outpourings of sympathy and remembrance have just started to be released in the case of Ted, who died last night after a long and brave bout with brain cancer.
Calling him “the greatest United States Senator of our time,” President Obama said of Kennedy that “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.”
The praise, however, did not just come from the left side of the aisle. Here is what Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah had to say: “Today America lost a great elder statesman, a committed public servant, and leader of the Senate. And today I lost a treasured friend. Ted Kennedy was an iconic, larger than life United States senator whose influence cannot be overstated. Many have come before, and many will come after, but Ted Kennedy’s name will always be remembered as someone who lived and breathed the United States Senate and the work completed within its chamber.”