Sen. Edward Kennedy, the youngest and last of the Kennedy brothers, passed away Tuesday at 77. Referred to as the “lion of the senate”, Kennedy was known for his approachability, his humor, and his ability to get things done in congress. Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst said “He was a rare politician who knew when to cut a deal. He knew when to compromise. He knew how to work with George Bush…He understood the power of personal relationships.” After reading so many articles, I thought this is certainly the end of an era. And then I remembered Kennedy’s endorsement of Obama in the presidential campaign last year. In his speech, Kennedy mentioned that Obama would continue the legacy of his fallen brothers and I believe that he will do just that. Last night, I received an email from President Obama, like many, many others with a statement about the death of Ted Kennedy. Obama, who will give the eulogy for Kennedy at his funeral said, “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.” And fight, Kennedy did.
Although, Ted’s brother, John F. Kennedy, is often associated with style. After seeing some photographs from the 1960s, I couldn’t help but notice the attention all of the brothers had to their appearance. In an article on the Huffington Post, titled “Ted Kennedy’s “Mad Men”-Style Suits” looks at Kennedy’s 1960s style. The suit he is wearing looks dapper by todays standards. The look is classic and cool: the two button jacket, the subtle striped skinny tie, down to the brown shoes.
It will be hard to fill the shoes of Ted Kennedy and many are discussing who will take over for Senator Kennedy. Kennedy was an inspiration and his legacy will continue on in legislation and in the people that he inspired. Obama said, “Today, our country mourns. We say goodbye to a friend and a true leader who challenged us all to live out our noblest values. And we give thanks for his memory, which inspires us still.”