“I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy.
Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread.
Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve seen the courage with which he battled his illness. And while these months have no doubt been difficult for him, they’ve also let him hear from people in every corner of our nation and from around the world just how much he meant to all of us. His fight has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you — and goodbye.
The outpouring of love, gratitude, and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just — including myself.
The Kennedy name is synonymous with the Democratic Party. And at times, Ted was the target of partisan campaign attacks. But in the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth, and good cheer. He could passionately battle others and do so peerlessly on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintain warm friendships across party lines.
And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.
His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream.
I spoke earlier this morning to Senator Kennedy’s beloved wife, Vicki, who was to the end such a wonderful source of encouragement and strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, his children Kara, Edward, and Patrick; his stepchildren Curran and Caroline; the entire Kennedy family; decades’ worth of his staff; the people of Massachusetts; and all Americans who, like us, loved Ted Kennedy.”
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Weaver interviewed the President late last week at the White House, focusing, fittingly, on education. The young reporter from Florida even did a press avail on the South Lawn afterwards, appearing on the morning shows and cablers.
Weaver has quite the resume tape. He’s already interviewed politicos like Vice President (then presidential candidate) Joe Biden, Colin Powell and Caroline Kennedy, Hollywood stars like Samuel Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker and has reversed the mic on some of our own, including David Gregory, Larry King, Megyn Kelly, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Looking for a fall intern? Little Weaver’s probably over-qualified.
Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he covered such topics as Caroline Kennedy‘s awkward exit from consideration for New York’s vacant Senate seat; the tone of the media in covering President Obama; and the media craze over Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich. Some excerpts:
- Rhode Island: Here’s one thing I don’t get about the Caroline Kennedy almost-appointment: presumably, she had highly-skilled, experienced, highly-paid advisers throughout this process. It appears that at no point did said adviser(s) ever walk her through a mock interview or press appearance, or prepare her for a lucid response to a predictable question (such as, “Why do you think you’re qualified to be senator?”)
I still believe that she is an intelligent, accomplished woman, but it’s a mystery to me how this rollout proved to be such a disaster, when you consider the seasoned political types she has access to.
Howard Kurtz: I don’t know who was advising her, but she didn’t get very good advice. I don’t know if they staged any mock interviews, but she could hardly have done worse. And, in fact, Caroline’s botching of the situation continues to this day. She pulls the plug on her Senate bid after midnight with a vague statement about “personal reasons,” while rumors, political accusations and irresponsible reporting swirl around her? She doesn’t go before the cameras? She grants no interviews? As I wrote last week, Kennedy’s Senate bid ended the way it began–badly. Which doesn’t let the press off the hook for some of the unsubstantiated allegations that have been published about her.
Richmond, Va.: I watched your show the weekend before the inaguration and you seemed to suggest that the press must have an adversarial relationship with Obama. Why? Can’t the press cover a president without trying to cut his throat? Also, you seemed to give Bush a lot more grace. Also, why? I think most Americans believe in a strong press but also believe Obama should be given a chance.
Howard Kurtz: Of course the president should be given a chance. I just think the media should be as aggressive and skeptical toward President Obama as toward other administrations. And I do think the tone of the questioning at the first White House briefings has been more challenging than much of what I saw during the campaign.
Re: The Blagojevich Blitz: Please explain to me why the TV shows are falling all over themselves to interview Blagojevich? This man is an “alleged” criminal, with a history of corruption that, while not unique in American politics, is certainly right up there as among the worst. He sounds and acts … um … quite loony, and, really, it is shameful (and Illinois looks laughable) that he is able to take his corruption and turn it into celebrity. Are the media just as loony for allowing him to use them? And BTW, what does he think his appearances on TV will accomplish? That the public will pressure the Illinois legislature to “forgive him his trespasses”?
Howard Kurtz: He is the governor of Illinois. He is at the center of a huge scandal involving Barack Obama’s Senate seat, among other things. He has been impeached and is facing removal from office. What journalist wouldn’t want to interview him? Blagojevich also happens to be colorful, self-absorbed, quotes poetry, compares himself to Mandela and Gandhi, and says he considered naming Oprah to the seat. By interviewing him, you’re giving people some insight into the personality of this man who was caught on federal wiretaps saying all kinds of bleeping things, and who would rather go on The View than defend himself at the Senate trial in Springfield.
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