August 26th, 2009
08:07 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama calls Kennedy 'greatest U.S. senator of our time'

(CNN) – President Obama issued a statement Tuesday morning on the passing of Sen. Ted Kennedy:

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.


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  1. rachel

    Rip Senator Edward Kennedy

    August 26, 2009 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  2. william epps

    Well said,Mr. President

    August 26, 2009 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  3. I can see Canada from my house!

    Its probably asking too much, but can we honor the man's service? Forget his flaws for a moment, and reflect on the fact that he had an enormous impact on the history of this country. He could have chosen the blue-blood route, but he instead chose to serve this country for almost five decades.

    I hope is at peace now, and with his brothers and sisters again.

    Godspeed.

    August 26, 2009 08:19 am at 8:19 am |