I could spend all day combing the wingnutsphere for the worst of what’s being said, but I don’t know, those aren’t the people whose opinions I care about. Not today.
“I will always remember Teddy as the ultimate example for all of us who
seek to serve, a hero for those Americans in the shadow of life who so
desperately needed one.
“He worked tirelessly to lift Americans out of poverty, advance the
cause of civil rights, and provide opportunity to all. He fought to the
very end for the cause of his life – ensuring that all Americans have
the health care they need.
“The commitment to build a stronger and fairer America, a more perfect
union, was deeply ingrained in the fiber of who he was, and what he
believed in, and why he served.
“That’s why he stands among the most respected Senators in history. But
it was his sympathetic ear, his razor wit, and his booming, raucous
laugh that made him among the most beloved.”
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. For almost 25 years, I was privileged to serve as his
colleague and share his friendship for which I will always be grateful.
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.
I valued his wise counsel in the Senate,
where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new
colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race
for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a
mortal illness, I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and