Ted Kennedy’s Letter to Obama

 This is a letter written to President Obama during Ted Kennedy’s last days
  
 
 
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 healthcare 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 under way 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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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

 

Take it way you want but for all of his faults, Ted Kennedy was always trying to help the common man.  Don’t like this post?  Sorry….

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2 Responses to Ted Kennedy’s Letter to Obama

  1. Grandma's says:

    No need to apologize…I like this post!! Ted Kennedy truly was always trying to help the common man….and who among us does not have faults??I hope and pray that President Obama will be given the opportunity to turn things around (it is not something he will be able to do overnight).We keep hearing on the news how he is being viewed as a Socialist, a Communist…or a Canadian. Guess there are some people in the US that have varied opinions on Canada. Anyway…enough political stuff….I just loved your story about your teeth and the Gorilla Glue LOLHope you are having a great weekend, Bob.

  2. Sue says:

    I was never a big fan of Ted Kennedy, but I have to say this letter was right on! His heart has always been in the right place, even though I may have disagreed with the WAY he did things at times. I did not vote for Pres. Obama, but I think he is what this nation really needs at this time and I feel it will prove to be the right direction further down the road. We need a president that is willing to put his Party aside and do what is right for the people. Either candidate would have done this—this was the first election I can remember where I voted FOR someone instead of the lesser of two evils. Thanks for posting the letter, Bob.

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