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U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy laid to rest.

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  1. Mchaga

    Mchaga JF-Expert Member

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    Edward Kennedy dies aged 77


    By Scott Malone Scott Malone – 11 mins ago

    BOSTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, a towering figure in the Democratic Party who took the helm of one of America's most fabled political families after two older brothers were assassinated, has died at age 77, his family said on Wednesday.

    "Edward M. Kennedy, the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply, died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port (Massachusetts)," the Kennedy family said in a statement.

    One of the most influential and longest-serving senators in U.S. history -- a liberal standard-bearer who was also known as a consummate congressional dealmaker -- Kennedy had been battling brain cancer, which was diagnosed in May 2008.

    "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," the family statement added.

    His death marked the twilight of a political dynasty, and dealt a blow to Democrats as they seek to answer President Barack Obama's call for an overhaul of the healthcare system. Kennedy had made healthcare reform his signature cause.

    Known as "Teddy," he was the brother of President John Kennedy, assassinated in 1963, Senator Robert Kennedy, fatally shot while campaigning for the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination, and Joe Kennedy, a pilot killed in World War Two.

    When he first took the Senate seat previously held by John Kennedy in 1962, he was seen as something of a political lightweight who owed his ascent to his famous name.

    Yet during his nearly half century in the chamber, Kennedy became known as one of Washington's most effective senators, crafting legislation by working with lawmakers and presidents of both parties, and finding unlikely allies.

    At the same time, he held fast to liberal causes deemed anachronistic by the centrist "New Democrats," and was a lightning rod for conservative ire.

    He helped enact measures to protect civil and labor rights, expand healthcare, upgrade schools, increase student aid and contain the spread of nuclear weapons.

    "There's a lot to do," Kennedy told Reuters in 2006. "I think most of all it's the injustice that I continue to see and the opportunity to have some impact on it."

    After Robert Kennedy's death, Edward was expected to waste little time in vying for the presidency. But in 1969, a young woman drowned after a car Kennedy was driving plunged off a bridge on the Massachusetts resort island of Chappaquiddick after a night of partying.

    Kennedy's image took a major hit after it emerged he had failed to report the accident to authorities. He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene and received a suspended sentence.

    Kennedy eventually ran for his party's presidential nomination in 1980 but lost to then-President Jimmy Carter.

    His presidential ambitions thwarted, Kennedy devoted himself to his Senate career.

    RIP, he was strong supporter of Barrack Obama.
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  2. Kimbweka

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    RIP Amen
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    frankanani New Member

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    Marekani na hata dunia nzima itamkumbuka sana Senator Edward Kennedy! Walimpenda ila Mungu alimpenda zaidi yao.
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    Boney E.M. JF-Expert Member

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    At 77 just like Mwalimu Nyerere he has departed from this world. May the Almighty God rest his soul in Eternal Peace. Amen.
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    Kennedy, center, poses with his brothers U. S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, left, and President John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington.


    Kennedy, 30, waves to party workers in Boston with his wife Joan after his election as democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts on Nov. 6, 1962.


    Kennedy with his wife Victoria Reggie Kennedy in front of houses inside the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. in 1992.


    Kennedy with Bill Clinton on May 28, 2003 at the JFK Library

  6. Rev. Kishoka

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    Mjomba Bichwa is gone, R.I.P
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    Nyauba JF-Expert Member

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    RIP Ted.
  8. Cynic

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    RIP Teddy. Buti zako sijui nani atajaza!
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    WONDROUS New Member

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    poleni kwa msiba
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    Sungi Senior Member

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    The "liberal lion" of the United States Senate took upon the whims of the Kennedy political dynasty in his own way, after his failure in his own presidential bid he took upon a different voice in the U.S. Senate and championed health care and labor issues. He was involved in all social legislation isues since 1962 when he was elected to the Senate to fill his brother's (John F. Kennedy) senate seat. His endorsement of the then candidate Barack Obama is seen by many as a reassurance to the liberal wing of the Democratic party that he (Obama) was the right man for the job. Ted Kennedy had some controversies in his life but overcame them to rise as a voice of the oppressed in the U.S. Senate.

    I do not know what our own (Tanzanian) legislators can learn from Ted's tenacious legislative agenda in his forty something years in the U.S. Senate? Either die with a clout of corruption and mismanagement of public trust in their heads or die with a legislative record history that supported the poor and the well being of those who do not have voices.
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    Pdidy JF-Expert Member

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    Uwiiiiiii kenny oko ruwa mndumi nofa na kiki se......
    Ruwa na kutarame
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    thats a big loss for democrats.
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    R.I.P Sir
    you have done your part
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    Du kigogo kimeondoka, RIP!!!
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    Dilunga JF-Expert Member

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    Wenzetu hawaogopi kuongelea makosa, na rekodi mbaya, na bad judgment za mashujaa.

    Sisi tunasema marehemu hajazikwa, tusimseme vibaya. Hata kama hajafa, mtu akishapata umaarufu kidogo hata achemshe vipi hasemwi vibaya.

    Wao wanampa sifa zote anazostahili, lakini lazima wakumbushane kwamba akiwa kama binadamu wengine, aliwahi kuvurunda sehemu fulani na fulani, na wote tutajifunza kwa hilo, kwamba kuna vitu fulani ukibugi step consequences zake zitakuganda maisha. Ukiwa na demu mnatoka kula maraha bahati mbaya gari lako likam-mwaga kwenye mtaro akafa, huwezi kumwacha hapo ukaondoka, ndio ujumbe. Na huo ndio uandishi.

    Mbunge Edward Kennedy atakumbukwa siku zote.
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    Kila mtenda wema atakumbwa kwa wema ,Hivi kwenye Bunge letu la Tz tunao wabunge wangapi waliofikilia umri wa miaka 70- na kuendelea?
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    Obama: Kennedy a 'singular figure' in history

    • 'For America, he was a defender of a dream,' the president says


    Obama: Kennedy was 'defender of a dream'

    Aug. 26: President Obama reflects on the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, who passed away of brain cancer at the age of 77.

    WASHINGTON - A grieving President Barack Obama paid tribute to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy Wednesday, calling him a colleague, counselor and friend who etched his place in history as a "singular figure" on the American political landscape.

    "Even though we knew this day was coming, we awaited it with no small amount of dread," Obama said. "For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was a defender of a dream."

    Wednesday morning's brief remarks by Obama, appearing tieless and coatless at a makeshift podium on the grass outside his rented compound on the island of Martha's Vineyard, were delayed several times as he and aides polished it. Obama had been awakened at his vacation home on this island off Massachusetts by a top aide just after 2 a.m. EDT and told of Kennedy's death. He spoke with the senator's widow, Victoria, around 2:25 a.m. and ordered flags flown at half-staff on all federal buildings.

    The Massachusetts senator died late Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod, Mass., after a yearlong struggle with brain cancer. He was 77.

    "His fight has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank-you and goodbye," Obama said.

    White House aides said that Obama plans to attend services for Kennedy but will let the family announce details of the schedule. They also said the president plans to speak about his former Senate colleague, whose endorsement came during a crucial time during last year's marathon primary contests.
    Vice President Joe Biden diverged from planned remarks at an Energy Department event to talk at length — fighting tears the whole time — about his friend and colleague of many decades in the Senate.

    "I truly, truly am distressed by his passing," Biden said haltingly. "You know, Teddy spent a lifetime working for a fair and more just America. And for 36 years, I had the privilege of going to work every day and literally — not figuratively — sitting next to him and being a witness to history. ... I don't think we shall ever see his like again."

    The president cited Kennedy's counsel during Obama's short time serving as a senator from Illinois.

    But probably Kennedy's greatest gift to Obama came during last year's presidential race. Kennedy, and his niece Caroline, shook up the Democratic establishment in January 2008 when they endorsed Obama over Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton at a critical point in the campaign. Kennedy lit up the Democratic base with his comparisons between young contender Obama and former President John F. Kennedy.


    Biden: ‘It was never about him’

    Aug. 26: Vice President Joe Biden expresses his distress over the death of Ted Kennedy and discusses the personal connection the senator had with his family, his colleagues and the country.
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    Then, risking his own health, Sen. Kennedy traveled to the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where Obama accepted the presidential nomination, to give a rousing speech on Obama's behalf. It was almost exactly one year before Kennedy's death. The senator also returned to the Capitol in January to see Obama sworn in as the nation's first black president, suffering a seizure at a celebratory luncheon afterward.

    "I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the presidency," Obama had said earlier in a written statement.

    Obama pointed out many people — seniors, children, families — whose lives have been improved by Kennedy's work on key legislation, saying many can now "pursue their dreams in an America that is more equal and more just, including myself" because of him.

    "The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we've all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives," the president said. "His extraordinary life on this Earth has come to an end. The extraordinary good that he did lives on."

    Kennedy had been away from the Senate for much of this year, leading to speculation about the impact of his absence on Obama's health care proposals. Still, Obama said, "even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as president from his encouragement and wisdom."

    Obama last met with Kennedy in late April, when he signed a a $5.7 billion national service bill that tripled the size of the AmeriCorps service program over the next eight years and carries the senator's name. Kennedy championed the legislation with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, an example of Kennedy's work across party lines for his hallmark issues.

    The pair spoke on June 2 about the health care overhaul effort and again on July 10, after Obama delivered a letter from Kennedy to Pope Benedict XVI during the president's visit to the Vatican, according to the White House.
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    Naakagone - kapumzike kwa amani.
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    Gone but never forgotten.