Monday, August 25, 2008

Ted Kennedy's speech. . .

What Senator Kennedy said was magnificent. He did not dwell in the past, but defined what our future might be. Isn't that what great leaders do? Isn't that what made the two short years Jack was president great?
But what was really magnificent and moving was simply watching Senator Edward M. Kennedy stand befroe the 2008 Democratic National Convention. For those of us who have been political junkies for the past 40 or 50 years, Teddy is a representation of everything we've been through. . .the astounding turmoil and progress of the 60s, the dull drama of the 70s and the backward regressive policies of the 80s and 00s.
I could list so many events that define the past 50 years and how Teddy Kennedy represents and serves as a guiding light through so much of that agony and glory that has defined these times, but for now, I think I'll just sit back a revel in the fact that once again, I am watching history unfold.
I hope all of you do the same and enjoy.
Let's watch and listen to the next First Lady of the United States.


MacDaddy said...

sagacious: I was so touched by Ted Kennedy's speech I actually turned off the tv so I could hold onto my memory of him and how much he has meant to all Americans. I'll hear Michelle's speech later, but my heart is with the true standard bearer of the party, which was not either of the Clintons but Ted Kennedy.

Barbara said...

Nice post.

I actually stood up in my living room when he came on stage and applauded.

It infuriates me that there are people out there still bringing up Chappaquiddick to blight all the good Kennedy has done since then.

I blogged about it too. You might want to read it at


SagaciousHillbilly said...

MAc, Yea, I put the TV on mute for a while because I really didn't want to hear the talking heads and their BS. I knew that my own thoughts were all I needed.
I wonder about American politics without Kennedy. I worry about what the extremist right will do to sabatoge an Obama presidency. . . but for now, I'm not going to think about that stuff and simply savor the moments.

Anonymous said...

watched it on youtube later as i was visiting enemy imccain territory at my inlaws in Pittbrgh where Lynn swann the ex steeler actually left a taped phone message telling where they could get free tickets to a nearby mccain rally ! arrrgh. Ted rocks and makes me proud to be irish. american and liberal !! peace