August 26, 2009
Posted: 1514 GMT

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James W. Hawkins   August 26th, 2009 3:41 pm ET

I will remember Senator Kennedy's rise to prominence in the face of his personal and professional challenges. I saw him grow and mature into brilliant statesmanship, and not necessarily due to his family legacy. He learned, and he applied his talents and values very admirably. He is now an American institution in and of himself.

Sayan Majumdar   August 26th, 2009 4:18 pm ET

Senator Edward Kennedy’s dedication to his public roles and duties in spite of frequent tragic personal losses remain exemplary.


Keira   August 26th, 2009 4:35 pm ET

How about 'all of the above'?? Yes, he came from a pretty big (and famous) family but his work and dedication transcended the times. He worked on the Civil Rights Acts when it wasn't a popular thing to do. A very divisive issue at the time. Despite his family tragedies, he stepped up and fought for equality. He spent years fighting for healthcare, not just now that it's a hot-button issue. He was the last 'link' to the original Camelot, definitely the end of an era with his passing.

Vicki S. Nikolaidis   August 26th, 2009 5:25 pm ET

Me, too, I'll remember him for all the above and for his persistence. He wore the 'label' Liberal easily without affectation or embarrassment.

His life was a hard one but especially respect him for his overcoming his party and alcohol days to maturity.

Still I always think of the young woman and the car accident. I was very young when that happened and it is really stuck in my mind. Her death, a real tragedy.

Merlin   August 26th, 2009 6:16 pm ET

Mary Jo Kopechne's death at Chappaquiddick

Dany   August 26th, 2009 7:43 pm ET

his eulogy of Bobby

Elizabeth   August 26th, 2009 8:37 pm ET

"No" vote for the war in Iraq

Tareq   August 27th, 2009 3:22 am ET

I will remember Ted for raising his voice against Genocide committed by Pakistan, during Liberation War of Bangladesh; despite US Support for Pakistan.

Fawad   August 27th, 2009 4:50 am ET

All of the above

Nazmul Momin   August 27th, 2009 7:01 am ET

Senator Edward Kennedy was a supporter of Bangladesh's liberation war in 1971. He had backed to the hilt the war of independence from Pakistan which then the US administration vehemently opposed and helped shine the world's spotlight on the genocide of Bengalis. He traveled to refugee camps throughout West Bengal on Aug 11, 1971, where some 9,000,000 refugees streamed across the border. He reported back to the Senate in an extraordinarily passionate document about the plight of the refugees in India and what he called the "reign of terror which grips East Bengal.". Kennedy concluded: "America's heavy support of Islamabad (West Pakistan) is nothing short of complicity in the human and political tragedy of East Bengal." Kennedy not only bore witness, he jolted the world into taking notice and aiding the refugees if not the independence fighters in East Bengal.

Ita   August 27th, 2009 3:19 pm ET

Well, with all the media coverage on his passing its fair to say he was notable. But all i know about him is the famous last name. May his kind soul rest in peace.

Ativie   August 31st, 2009 11:04 am ET

senator ted Kennedy was a mentor to millions across the world.his inspiring legacy was felt in the pages of American history .his indelible mark cut across creed race religion and political affiliation . truly he was a great loss to Americans and undoubtedly to the world.

Mike USA retired in Spain   September 1st, 2009 7:22 pm ET

A Man (??) who destroyed the Kennedy name with the death of a young girl, a DUI without payment of any kind and a side step of the LAW. A law maker?? Ha, a law breaker from day one maybe even in his football days too. May he continue to pay for his ? missgivings till his maker comes and frees 'him' of his cargo's as per his Faith and mine. Mike

kai   September 2nd, 2009 10:46 am ET

his support for President Obama

Charles   September 19th, 2009 6:16 am ET

When I was a kid in school we went to D.C. on a field trip and I got to meet Mr. Kennedy

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