We understand other people best thru understanding ourselves. And so often, what we say about others really tells us more about the battles we wage inside our heads, our own hopes & demons. So what Teddy Kennedy said about his brother Bobby, I think, tells us how he tried to live his life over the last 30+ years:
My brother need not be idealized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life, to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.
Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world.
Ted Kennedy became very good at his job. He succeeded at passing legislation because he wouldn't let the imperfect stand in the way of progress. Yesterday's enemies were always tomorrow's potential allies. The truth is that the Senate's already been missing him.
And the truth is that I'm worried that we have no one able to replace you, Teddy.