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Former Senator Edward Brooke Receives the Congressional Gold Medal from President Obama

Brooke was the 1st African-American elected to US Senate

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Former Senator Edward William Brooke shakes hands with President Barack Obama

AP—US President Barack Obama paid tribute on Wednesday to fellow political trailblazer Edward Brooke, who in 1966 became the first African-American elected to the Senate by popular vote.

In the US Capitol rotunda, Obama presented Brooke, 90, with the Congressional gold medal, the highest civilian award given by the government’s legislative branch.

Today’s honor bears a unique significance: bestowed by this body of which he was an esteemed member; presented in this place where he moved the arc of history; surrounded by so many — myself included — who have followed the trail that he blazed,” said Obama as he stood next to the former senator from Massachusetts.

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Brooke, who served as a Republican from 1967 to 1979, was the first of just three blacks popularly elected to the Senate in the modern era, including Carol Mosely Braun (1993 to 1999) and Obama himself (2005-2008).

Other African-Americans had previously served in the Senate before Brooke, but they were chosen by state legislatures.

Obama, a Democrat, hailed Brooke as someone who managed to navigate a fiercely segregated America and “spent his life breaking barriers and bridging divides.”

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John Woodfield, Retired AP Bureau Chief, Commits Suicide After Molestation Charges

AP-LOGO-largeAP—A retired Associated Press bureau chief has killed himself after being charged with molesting two boys over a five-year period.

John Edward Woodfield Sr., 80, was found dead in his home on Saturday from a single gunshot, according to Lt. Jim Eyler of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death a suicide.

Woodfield, who retired in 1991 as bureau chief in Baltimore, had been charged the day before with sexual abuse of a minor and other charges.

Woodfield worked for the AP for more than 30 years, the entire time in Maryland.

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Massachusetts Appointment Bill Passed by Senate

Governor Deval PatrickThe Massachusetts special appointment bill to name Senator Ted Kennedy’s replacement has just passed the Senate. Now all we need is Governor Duvall Patrick‘s signature. The vote was by a 24-16 margin.

Gov. Patrick said he will name an appointee by Friday, and then the Democrats will be back to a 60 seat majority.

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Senator Ted Kennedy’s Letter to President Obama

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President Obama and his friend Senator Ted Kennedy

President Obama and his friend Senator Ted Kennedy

In what many are saying was President Obama’s most powerful speech yet, the President ended his speech on Health Care Reform by telling viewers about a letter he received from Senator Ted Kennedy. The letter was to be delivered to the President after the Senators death. Many viewers were touched by the sentiments in the letter, and members of both Congress and the Senate were seen wiping their eyes. Below is the text of the letter referenced by President Obama in last night’s address to a Joint Session of Congress.

May 12, 2009

Dear Mr. President,

I wanted to write a few final words to you to express my gratitude for your repeated personal kindnesses to me – and one last time, to salute your leadership in giving our country back its future and its truth.

On a personal level, you and Michelle reached out to Vicki, to our family and me in so many different ways. You helped to make these difficult months a happy time in my life.

You also made it a time of hope for me and for our country.

When I thought of all the years, all the battles, and all the memories of my long public life, I felt confident in these closing days that while I will not be there when it happens, you will be the President who at long last signs into law the health care reform that is the great unfinished business of our society. For me, this cause stretched across decades; it has been disappointed, but never finally defeated. It was the cause of my life. And in the past year, the prospect of victory sustained me-and the work of achieving it summoned my energy and determination.

There will be struggles – there always have been – and they are already underway again. But as we moved forward in these months, I learned that you will not yield to calls to retreat – that you will stay with the cause until it is won. I saw your conviction that the time is now and witnessed your unwavering commitment and understanding that health care is a decisive issue for our future prosperity. But you have also reminded all of us that it concerns more than material things; that what we face is above all a moral issue; that at stake are not just the details of policy, but fundamental principles of social justice and the character of our country.

And so because of your vision and resolve, I came to believe that soon, very soon, affordable health coverage will be available to all, in an America where the state of a family’s health will never again depend on the amount of a family’s wealth. And while I will not see the victory, I was able to look forward and know that we will – yes, we will – fulfill the promise of health care in America as a right and not a privilege.

In closing, let me say again how proud I was to be part of your campaign- and proud as well to play a part in the early months of a new era of high purpose and achievement. I entered public life with a young President who inspired a generation and the world. It gives me great hope that as I leave, another young President inspires another generation and once more on America’s behalf inspires the entire world.

So, I wrote this to thank you one last time as a friend- and to stand with you one last time for change and the America we can become.

At the Denver Convention where you were nominated, I said the dream lives on.

And I finished this letter with unshakable faith that the dream will be fulfilled for this generation, and preserved and enlarged for generations to come.

With deep respect and abiding affection,

Ted

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True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy

True Compass: A Memoir by Edward M. Kennedy


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Featured on Amazon: The youngest of nine children born to Joseph P. Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, he came of age among siblings from whom much was expected. As a young man, he played a key role in the presidential campaign of his brother John F. Kennedy, recounted here in loving detail. In 1962 he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he began a fascinating political education and became a legislator.

In this historic memoir,Ted Kennedy takes us inside his family, re-creating life with his parents and brothers and explaining their profound impact on him. or the first time, he describes his heartbreak and years of struggle in the wake of their deaths. Through it all, he describes his work in the Senate on the major issues of our time–civil rights, Vietnam, Watergate, the quest for peace in Northern Ireland–and the cause of his life: improved health care for all Americans, a fight influenced by his own experiences in hospitals.

His life has been marked by tragedy and perseverance, a love of family, and an abiding faith. There have been controversies, too, and Kennedy addresses them with unprecedented candor. At midlife, embattled and uncertain if he would ever fall in love again, he met the woman who changed his life, Victoria Reggie Kennedy. Facing a tough reelection campaign against an aggressive challenger named Mitt Romney, Kennedy found a new voice and began one of the great third acts in American politics, sponsoring major legislation, standing up for liberal principles, and making the pivotal endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Hundreds of books have been written about the Kennedys. TRUE COMPASS will endure as the definitive account from a member of America’s most heralded family, an inspiring legacy to readers and to history, and a deeply moving story of a life like no other.

True Compass will be released on September 14, 2009, but you can pre-order it now.

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Kennedy’s 1980 Speech At The DNC

Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009

Senator Edward Kennedy 1932-2009


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This is Senator Kennedy’s “The Dream Will Never Die” speech given at the 1980 DNC. He had just lost the nomination to Jimmy Carter, but still wanted to let his supporters know that he was still fighting for them. I remember watching this, because this was the first year I was old enough to vote.

My parents always instilled in me that voting was a privilege and an honor and a duty that should not be wasted. Although they had migrated north in 1942, they were not allowed to vote until they cast their vote for John F. Kennedy in 1960. The pollsters before that used all types of litmus tests and tricks to disenfranchise African-American voters. Like asking them to recite Shakespeare’s sonnets, or something that was bound to disqualify them from voting. My dad after WWII even tried going to vote in his Navy uniform, but still was not allowed to vote. So once they voted for President Kennedy, the die was cast, and not-voting was not an option in my family. 🙂

I still remember my Dad taking me to the polls with them, letting me come inside the booth and holding me up, so I could see the ballot. I did the same thing with my daughter, and one of my proudest moments was last year, when she and I drove together to cast our vote for President Barack Obama. In a way, our families history of voting will always be tied to the Kennedy brothers and we will always be thankful for what they brought to this country.  So please enjoy the video and remember…

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