Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy

On August 29, President Obama spoke at Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral. Here is an excerpt from his speech:

“That spirit of resilience and good humor would see Teddy through more pain and tragedy than most of us will ever know. … It’s a string of events that would have broken a lesser man. And it would have been easy for Ted to let himself become bitter and hardened; to surrender to self-pity and regret; to retreat from public life and live out his years in peaceful quiet. No one would have blamed him for that. But that was not Ted Kennedy.”

The text of the entire speech is available on the White House Web site.

8 thoughts on “Obama's eulogy for Ted Kennedy

  1. All great leaders born by birth of their nature of unknown resilience in them pass over pain and tragedy smilingly leaving behind the smoke of their resilience appearing outstanding for others to perceive on the strings of events that it conveys as example or examples as the President Obama quotes formally in his eulogy “And it would have been easy for Ted to let himself become bitter and hardened; to surrender to self pity and regret; to retreat from public life and live out his years in peaceful quiet and in the end very well said but that was not Ted Kennedy”. What President has brought out is its own resilience in acknowledging resilience of the departed great man because all those who are blessed to see the peaceful quiet with in them as platform harness in self delight of existence and therefore also die in harness as soldiers and fighters of life with the right attitude that on surface makes them light like a feather.

  2. WIN/WIN -HEALTH-CARE REFORM becomes the KENNEDY Legacy God Created US To Be for the Americans. The American Democratic society WIN/WIN paradigm is the GOLDEN Rule to the HEALTH-CARE of HOPE and CHANGE. The American society now simply believe ENOUGH IS ENOUGH If you put out good, you harness back good HEALTH-CARE in terms of high profits in good workmanship in terms of business consciousness and quality of work .We were made to lead (Genesis.1:26-31) that LEGACIES of long leadership experience were crucial and potential. And if you put in place bad health-care to the US democratic society, you will reap weak and unintelligent minds to the WORLD COMMUNITY
    Each member of the senate leadership is best exercised in his or her areas of giftedness, when we discover that our gifts of reading the thick HEALTH-CARE REFORM diminishes. or the document is not read and the right critiques are not listed in succinct manner by some of the REPUBLICANS. Then the overall SPEAKER of the CONGRESS will naturally lead in bi-partisan legislations in those areas where the CONGRESS is most productive intuitive comfortable influential and satisfied with HEALTH-CARE REORM BILL
    The greatest good HEALTH-CARE thing of KENNEDY LEGACY that CONGRESS can do for Americans is not just to share riches, but to reveal to them that their own USA treasured WEALTH that is always thrown out to yankees in the hot deserts abroad can now benefit them directly.
    After the demise of KENNEDY his LEGACY now lives FOREVER in our souls. As for OBAMA Administration so long as you are doing the right thing that is good according to your consciousness to your country in the eyes of the sensible sobre citizens in terms of economic reforms and HEALTH-CARE, be daring, be different, be impartial, be practical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision of resourceful gain CHANGE to mankind following the footsteps of KENNEDY LEGACY.


  3. Your Excellency
    President Obama

    Please come and Interfer with the cry of the Nigeria Students look at the children of our leaders are all schooling abroad and we the voiceless are thrown out of school look at the word of Martin Luther King Jnr ‘Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality’. Look at the structure of reality and please for God sake help us out of the steets thanks and God bless you and your Gods own country.


  4. Dear Michelle,
    Here is my tribute to Ted Kennedy which appeared in The Nation/Pakistan to day with some editor’ ‘adjustment’.

    Ted taught the torches to burn bright
    The subject is an adaptation of a quote from Shakespeare/Romeo Juliet to pay proper homage to the departed leader of the Democratic Party. He became history leaving the Kennedy-aura as a big challenge for his successors and a national asset.
    Ted Kennedy has joined his brothers in Arlington Cemetery. He remained the soul of US Senate for his tenure spanning 47 years. President Obama felt “heart broken” on his demise while acknowledging that he had “benefited as President” from the advice rendered by the deceased. He further identified Ted as the “greatest legislator of our time” who emerged as a “veritable force of nature,” despite starting as the “baby of the family who became its patriarch, the restless dreamer who became its rock.” Reflecting Kennedy family’ past mishaps, Obama added, “He was given a gift of time that his brothers were not. And he used that time to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow,”.Praise was due “as his ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives-in seniors who know new dignity, in families who know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including myself.”
    The US media is brimming with tributes/stories about deceased. It is not because he was the scion of the rich Family who are also very influential at home and, generally, abroad. This is, primarily, because of his focus on those whom the society tended to treat as the ‘children of a lesser god.’ When Jack Kennedy got assassinated, the wave of grief/empathy in the US etc linked the Kennedy-clan with ‘Camelot.’ Bob Herbert, a veteran New York Times columnist, insists that he found “Finian’ Rainbow” to be a more appropriate touchstone for the family, especially the song “Look to the Rainbow,” with the moving lyric, “Follow the fellow who follows a dream.” He reminds his readers of Ted’ message on Robert Kennedy’ funeral whose bottom-line is that, ”The Kennedys counseled us for half a century to be optimistic and to strive harder, to find the resilience to overcome those inevitable moments of tragedy and desolation, and to move steadily toward our better selves, as individuals and as a nation.” For Bob Ted was the best. His Address to Party Convention in 1980 suggests the same, “Let this be our commitment: Whatever sacrifices must be made will be shared and shared fairly. And let this be our confidence: At the end of our journey and always before us shines that ideal of liberty and justice for all.”

    US being a free country despite having suffered onerous blows a la neo-cons to its legal framework/ freedom/rights as laid down in the Constitution, perpetual debate goes on about issues, generally, which tend to define the political agendas of the Republicans and the Democrats. This is made sinister by the extremist right-wing which was recently called, the “American Taliban” by a media report in Pakistan. Unfortunately such elements, like others in a rich society, tend to receive support from vested interests/ powerful lobbies which hound the US. Moreover there appears to be a tendency whereby the ‘old’ immigrants, generally, want to deny the same privilege to the new aspirants. The Republican Party supports the traditional prohibitive policy, generally, whereas the Democratic Party, being liberal and hankering after equality of opportunity etc, supports a lawful immigration process. For example, during George W’ 2-tenures,Immigration reforms tabled by the democrats were, invariably, cold shouldered by the Republicans just like the Palestinian problem.
    No wonder, even on this sad occasion, while mainstream America eulogized their departed statesman, many negative comments against Ted’ politics/person flooded the media. Hence Cathy Young writes, “The praise bestowed on Kennedy today by political allies and rival alike is testament to his superb political skills, including his capacity for bipartisan legislative work. Yet the grief that accompanies the passing of a public figure of such stature should not obscure the fact that his career also illustrates the darker side of the liberal legacy.” Conceding that Ted espoused a large number of liberal causes bearing “an aura of nobility” and including “: the defense of the poor, the disabled and the sick, the rights of women and minorities,”, yet many of the measures he supported are “prime examples of the discrepancy between idealistic causes and unintended effects.” She builds an argument that reforms like the increase in minimum wage, Affirmative action upheld at Federal level, Violence against women Act and Hate crimes legislation etc produce double-edged weapons which hurt huge sections of citizenry belonging to various communities within the US. To her Ted’ liberalism was sparked by the paternalism of the Federal Govt which appeared to be driven by the disposition, “”Uncle Sam knows best” reinforced by the psychology “noblesse oblige” which implies that the Aristocracy, almost represented by Kennedy in US, is obliged to “protect and look out for the little people” . Likewise, William Anderson berates Ted’ famous advocacy that “But quality care shouldn’t depend on your financial resources, or the type of job you have, or the medical condition you face. Every American should be able to get the same treatment that U.S. senators are entitled to….This is the cause of my life.”
    President obama may have referred to the above unpalatable situation when he remarked during the Funeral speech, “He was a product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect – a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots.” Differences of opinion are welcome, but the fact remains that Ted had many sterling qualities in addition to certain failings. During the Mass, his family-children elaborated his political/human desires: “That human beings be measured not by what they cannot do but by what they can do. That quality health care becomes a fundamental right and not a privilege. That the old politics of race and gender die away. That newcomers be accepted, no matter their color or place of birth. That the nation stand united against violence, hate and war. And, in echo of his famous words, that the work begins anew, the hope arises anew, and the dream lives on.”
    Norman J. Ornstein, a political scientist elaborated, “He was a quintessential Kennedy, in the sense that he had all the warts as well as all the charisma and a lot of strengths,…..He was not a shining star that burned brightly and faded away. When you survey the impact of the Kennedys on American life and politics and policy, he will end up by far being the most significant.” President Obama’ cogent is, “….the good he did, the dream he kept alive, and a single, enduring image — the image of a man on a boat; white mane tousled; smiling broadly as he sails into the wind, ready for what storms may come, carrying on toward some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon. May God Bless Ted Kennedy, and may he rest in eternal peace.”

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  6. One of the greatest moment of my life listening to this great euology,I`m deeply touched and inspired for your kind and lovely speech.It is full of love and meaning.

    Thank you Mr.President for the chance sharing the moment with the Kennedys,will remember it as a moment of enlightment.

    A humble Indonesian Citizen and admirer of You.