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Remembering Ted Kennedy

Associated Press | 8/31/2009, 5:29 a.m.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Reverberations from the death of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., at age 77 on Tuesday night are being felt across the globe and in all corners of American public life. Below are some of the many reactions to the news and remembrances of the Senate's liberal lion.

"Edward M. Kennedy — the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply — died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it's hard to imagine any of them without him." — Statement from the Kennedy family

"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. ... 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." — President Barack Obama

"No words can ever do justice to this irrepressible, larger than life presence who was simply the best — the best senator, the best advocate you could ever hope for, the best colleague, and the best person to stand by your side in the toughest of times. He faced the last challenge of his life with the same grace, courage, and determination with which he fought for the causes and principles he held so dear. He taught us how to fight, how to laugh, how to treat each other, and how to turn idealism into action, and in these last fourteen months he taught us much more about how to live life, sailing into the wind one last time." — Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

"One of the Commonwealth's brightest lights went out last night. Ted Kennedy was a compassionate, effective, visionary statesman, family man and friend." — Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (Click here to watch a video message from the governor about the late Sen. Kennedy.)

"The last son of Rose Fitzgerald and Joseph Kennedy was granted a much longer life than his brothers, and he filled those years with endeavor and achievement that would have made them proud." — Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney

"Senator Kennedy may have walked with presidents and prime ministers, but he was always accessible to the people of Massachusetts and he was dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families in every region of the state that he loved." — Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray