February 22, 2009

Hold the Eulogies, Ted Kennedy Says

Posted: 01:17 PM ET

After the president of Harvard hailed him as a “national leader but a local servant,” after the pastor read the “Let us now praise famous men” passage from the Bible and after the cellist Yo-Yo Ma honored him by performing a Gershwin prelude, Senator Edward M. Kennedy lumbered across the antique stage.

“I have lived a blessed time,” Mr. Kennedy told the audience at a special honorary degree convocation at Harvard in December. His voice started shaky, but gained strength. “Now, with you, I look forward to a new time of high aspiration for our nation and the world.”

As the crowd rose, Mr. Kennedy waved buoyantly, as if trying to acknowledge everyone he saw: a special fist pump for his former staff member, Justice Stephen G. Breyer of the Supreme Court; a salute in the direction of Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.; a thumbs-up for his niece Caroline Kennedy.

Mr. Kennedy’s wife, Vicki, tried to lead him off, but he broke away, grinning. For a few extra moments, he kept the stage.

Since the diagnosis of his brain cancer last May, Mr. Kennedy has been given all manner of tributes and testimonials, lifetime achievement awards, medals of honor and standing ovations. But even as those accolades have provided sweet solace — and even some dark humor — as he endures grueling treatments, Mr. Kennedy, who turns 77 on Sunday, has been intent on racing time rather than looking back on it.


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Jay   February 22nd, 2009 4:03 pm ET

He needs to go home. He needed to do that in 1969 after his failure to act properly with regard to Mary Jo Kopechne. We need to avoid allowing political families develop like the Bush"s, Kennedy's, Cuomos, Biden's. They just wield too much public power. I am so thankful that Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg did not get her wish to be a Senator from NY state. Hopefully Mr Kennedy will be able to see the wind turbines that are going to be built in the bay he views from his house. He deserves that honor.

vic muzyka   February 23rd, 2009 12:36 am ET

I am totally for health care for all American citizens, it's obvious old tricks from old dogs don't work. So why don't the old brain dead politicians get the hell out of there and let new ideas prevail!!!

richard d antone   February 23rd, 2009 3:21 am ET

hello larry ask clinton what is president obama and the demacrats going to do to help us that are on social security that cant work seems like they want to spend money in all the wrong people like auto dealers they got them selves into this mess so let them go out of sevice because its time for them to hand out stimulus checks to all of us americans so we can servive the economy seems like everything around vt is going out of bussiness and they need to lower the rents in vermont so people could rent easier and lower gas once again thanks larry i watch you every night richard d antone of burlington vermont

James   February 23rd, 2009 6:41 am ET

All presidents should stay involved in politics except the likes of the the 2 George Bush's.those 2 should be prosecuted and put in jail and do life with hard labor for stealing and killing,the are war criminals used the USA army for personal interests.I'm glad that the shoe that he was hit with missed because it would be an Insult for all shoes especially the old ones to be touched by a scum bag thief and killer like George bush.I'm pretty sure his day will come and will be put In jail where he belongs

Rev. David Ray Davidson   February 23rd, 2009 8:59 am ET

Come on Larry, do you find yourself racing time and not looking back on it. Yeah, maybe Ted needs to quit hearing the pomp and circumstances and just starting living one day at a time as we all do. Time has come today to put time away and ages and stages and just start living joyously indeed! Racing time......preposperous! We need to chat!

David R. Davidson, Retired United Methodist Clergy at 60.

Michael C. McHugh   February 23rd, 2009 9:47 am ET

Say what you want about them, but those Kennedy boys are as tough as nails. I have every confidence that Teddy Kennedy will be in there fighting for progressive change in America as long as he can still walk and chew gum at the same time. Godspeed to him.

Jay   February 23rd, 2009 1:25 pm ET

Universal health care is an idea that should come to these United States. But we need to figure out exactly what that means. How do we pay for it? Do we "ration" healthcare. Can everybody get everything? How do we keep medical professionals practicing medicine? It is very easy thing to say give everybody health care, it is far another thing to provide it. We need national discussions before we institute universal healthcare. At the moment I think members of Congress should get no better healthcare insurance then those on Social Security. That might motivate them to get the discussion started.

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   February 23rd, 2009 9:38 pm ET

HOW CAN THE INTELLIGENTSIA OF AMERICA BE SO BLINDED that they cannot see that the Federal Government must have a money system that can create and maintain an equivalent ratio of money to the goods and services that its peoples’ hands and minds can produce? Nature’s Basic Law of Economics states: All goods and services flow from the action of people resources on natural resources— Money is the medium of exchange which should be equal to the value of the goods and services—and not to a gold standard or some other insane idea. Jim Carroll

Mrs. Gerry Cosby   February 24th, 2009 12:10 am ET

Hi Larry...I enjoy your show. I'm somewhere around your age. However, I cannot possibly concentrate on the interview with all those signs blking, and blinging on the bottom of the screen. Four things going at's nuts. Please get rid of them. Its' hard enough concentrating on the topic of conversation, let alone having to have all this annoying intrference. Thanks. Gerry Cosby, Penn Valley, CA.

Tom   February 24th, 2009 2:09 am ET

Of course Ted Kennedy wants free health care for everybody. Including himself. Why should he have to pay to prolong his inevitible meeting with Satan. That's right I'm going there. The only thing I want from Ted Kennedy is a confession. Tell the truth Teddy. You killed that girl cause she was pregnant with your kid. Hurry up and kick it so you can burn in hell.

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