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BHO: We Loved This Kind, Tender Hero

From a seemingly shameless Washington Post:

[AFP photo and caption:] Democratic lion Edward Kennedy was reunited with his slain brothers as he was laid to rest in a Virginia cemetery while a lone bugle played Taps, bringing the curtain down on a political dynasty.

‘We Loved This Kind And Tender Hero’

A Day of Mourning, Celebration

By Dan Balz, Keith B. Richburg and Shailagh Murray
Sunday, August 30, 2009

On the day he was carried to his final resting place, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was remembered Saturday as a legislator of almost unequalled prowess, a political force who left a lasting imprint on the country and a husband, father and patriarch whose private acts of love and devotion helped his star-crossed family endure tragedy and misfortune.

President Obama led the mourners at a solemn Roman Catholic Mass attended by 1,500 people, including three former presidents, at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, where the Kennedy family dynasty was born. A steady rain fell, adding an elegiac touch to a day already drenched in sorrow.

After a last flight to Washington, the Massachusetts senator who served for 47 years was laid to rest in gathering darkness near his two slain brothers, John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, on sloping ground at Arlington National Cemetery.

Before the burial ceremony, the hearse carrying Kennedy stopped at the plaza on the East Front of the Capitol. There former Kennedy staffers, lawmakers, other congressional aides and members of the public were gathered to pay their respects.

As the crowd broke into applause, Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, emerged, offering embraces. After a short prayer service and the singing of "America the Beautiful," the motorcade proceeded along Constitution Avenue to the cemetery…

"We do not weep for him today because of the prestige attached to his name or his office," Obama told the friends, dignitaries and Kennedy family members seated in the majestic basilica in Boston. "We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered through pain and tragedy, not for the sake of ambition or vanity, not for wealth or power, but only for the people and the country he loved."

The president’s remarks were largely shorn of political overtones, as he concentrated on the example Kennedy set for fellow politicians and ordinary citizens alike through his public and private works. "The greatest expectations were placed upon Ted Kennedy’s shoulders because of who he was, but he surpassed them all because of who he became," he said.

Obama spoke of Kennedy’s resilience in the face of "events that would have broken a lesser man," recalling that he was the youngest of nine children but became a rock to his family. Summoning the spirit he attributed to Kennedy in times of difficulty, Obama said, "We carry on."

Obama’s closest reference to the contemporary political climate as Washington prepares for a fall struggle over health care came when he said of Kennedy: "He was the product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect — a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots." …

There is nothing really newsworthy in this article.

We only posted it for the headline.

Luckily, thanks to the miracle of liberal revisionism, we now know that even Mary Jo Kopechne would agree.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 30th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “BHO: We Loved This Kind, Tender Hero”

  1. Melly says:

    Tender? Kind?

    Mary Jo would beg to differ.

    A champion swimmer walking away from a pregnant woman dying of asphyxiation (no water found in her lungs) in shallow water.

    A kind and tender man not reporting the incident until the following morning.

    Saw Cheney on Fox News this morning (what a great interview btw) – he had very few words to say about Kennedy…when you don’t have anything good to say……..

    • proreason says:

      He also drove the mother of his children to the brink of suicide, and certainly was complicit in and probably had veto power over the defense strategy of shredding the victim of his nephew’s rape in the early 90’s.

      Some icon.

    • Melly says:

      Yep – thanks for reminding us – guess Teddy’s kindness and tenderness runs too deep for words.

    • catie says:

      Pro, I remember reading a few years ago when the youngest was in rehab that the two older ones were called to skid row in Boston to pick up their mother. I was in HI at the time and the conservative DJ Rick Hamada mentioned it and the link to the article. It was pretty hushed up wasn’t it? She was there yesterday. I guess as the mother of his three children she almost had to be. Wonder how much they paid her though. She looked like hell.

  2. Teresa says:

    Sigh. For faithful Catholics he, and the other pro-abortion faux Catholics are a scandal.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Obama told the friends, dignitaries and Kennedy family members seated in the majestic basilica in Boston. “We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered through pain and tragedy, not for the sake of ambition or vanity, not for wealth or power, but only for the people and the country he loved.”

    Who the hell do they think they’re kidding?!?!? It was all about “ambition and vanity”, “wealth and power”, and not at all for the well being of this Country or its’ citizenry.

    And all sputtered by the charlatan and liar-in-chief, the o-blah-blah. A mirror image, and worse, of the gas bag Teddy.

    Disgusting. All of it!

  4. proreason says:

    A former KGB agent comments on the Swimmer’s visit to Russia in 1980 or so.

    This is the guy I posted about in “By our Correspondents” earlier today. There are videos of an 8 part interview with him and also of a lecture he gave about 25 years ago.

    In this video he explains how Teddy made a fool of himself and was a useful idiot for Russia. At the end of this part of the video he has some interesting comments to make about guru’s taking advantage of naive American’s as well.

    The baby boomers were an easy target for these guys, and now we have them in the White House completing the subversion of our country. It’s beyond amazing. It’s almost as if the fools are painting by the numbers laid out by the KGB.

    It’s even worse than I thought. I had no idea it was as organized as it was.

  5. jrmcdonald says:

    I grew up with two pictures on the wall of our house; one was Jesus and the other was JFK. I was 13 when Mary Jo went off the bridge, and I remember my Father sending a telegram in support of Teddy. I also remember losing respect for my Father that day. Now years later, I can understand my Fathers actions better. He grew up in a world where the idea of a Irish – Catholic President was not to be expected; and it has helped me understand why many Africian Americams feel devotion to Obama. I still do not repect my Father’s decision.

    • caligirl9 says:

      My father was Irish Catholic too … and the Kennedys totally embarrassed him and my uncle and grandparents.

      I have a feeling it was more a matter of the Kennedys being liberal Irish Catholics (versus Republican Irish Catholics, which is what my family is), totally out of touch with what people in the real world had to do every day to put food on the table and a roof over their families’ heads. Old man Kennedy was a cowardly crook and his family benefitted greatly from his criminal ways.

  6. jackrv says:

    I find it outrageous that he is accorded military funeral honors, not having been in the military.

    In my opinion the only 2 Kennedys that should have those honors are Joseph jr. and John.

    Jack Van Nostrand

    • AConcernedCitizen says:

      Technically, Kennedy qualifies for Arlington burial based on his two years of service in the honor guard in Belguim during the Korean War. But it is ironic/interesting that the many liberals who wish to bash the military then scramble to spend eternity at rest with those same heroes.

    • JohnMG says:

      Kennedy was bounced out of Harvard for cheating, so he enlisted in what he thought was a two-year hitch in the Army, but was in actuality four years. Daddy Joe pulled the necessary strings to make his four-year enlistment morph into two years. During his whole two-year stint, Teddy never made rank above Private–not anything. He was a shit-bird then and remains a shit-bird now. The only thing that has changed is he’s now a DEAD shit-bird.

      I wish no evil on him, but I sincerely hope he gets what he truly deserves!

  7. P. Aaron says:

    Teddy desevered a kegger at best, but our Marines, Navy, Air Force, & Army heroes are needed elsewhere. Burial space at Arlington should be reserved for those that are consequential. Kennedy was a senator at best. Hardly deserving of a hero’s burial.

  8. sheehanjihad says:

    Kennedy deserved nothing. How on earth he morphed from a murdering, cheating, lying drunk into this messianic demi god is beyond me.

    He was related to the Kennedys. That’s it. Nothing more. I was steaming yesterday when it seems the entire world had no news of note to report on any station…including Fox….while this man was planted.

    He is dead. That’s it. Nothing more. Please, nothing more. He was a rotten excuse for a human being, and a self absorbed jerk who loved power over the lives of others. He deserves what all dead people deserve. To be buried, and forgotten.

    Now they want to name the Health Care debacle after him. It fits…..a boondoggle huge expense bill giving power to the government and the quality of life goes on a rationing system…power over human life and dignity….yeah, it should be named after him.

    At least he wont have to be embalmed…he did that for himself for the past sixty years.

  9. canary says:

    Isn’t Obama really tacky for saying this at Ted’s funeral. Obama is admitting that Teddy only made it in office because his brother was President and killed, Camelot etc. Like Elvis Presley lovers. When I hear someone say they weeped over something, it’s patting themselves on the back, for having some emotion. I think the word “cried” has more emotion than poetic “weep”. Anyways, I think to himself, Obama is jealous that something is not about him. How would he feel if someone says, we aren’t weeping because he made history, but because he was a hero to the socialists and communists. Or if someone said “we only weep because he made black history, and must forgive him for bankrupting destroying America. It’s always all about Obama. It’s insincere, and “weep” is just a fake word, to pat himself on the back for feeling some emotion in his cold heart, and trying to put the focus on him.

    “We do not weep for him today because of the prestige attached to his name or his office,” Obama told “We weep because we loved this kind and tender hero who persevered….”

    It’s the same as saying, the only reason he ever held office was his famous brother who was killed as President, and the Camelot people who
    idolize him, like Elvis Presley. I like the word “cried” better. Sounds more real in modern times. Too poetic and corny.

  10. terika says:

    The heart wrenching visual of Mary Jo submerged upside down in that car, with 6″ x 8″ of air above the rest of her wet, freezing, terrified, desperate, hopeful self ~
    leaves me with many, many adjectives to describe this coat-tail riding wanna-be, college plagiarizing/cheating, heir to boot-legging, wife-cheating, hard drinking/partying/peter panning, albeit swell swimming … but golly … just can’t think of any.

    Just know that “kind/tender, and definitely —- h-e-r-o —– ” ain’t among em!

    This article is a very sick joke. I honestly think the author(s) should be embarrassed.
    My G-d !
    Were ANY of them even out of diapers when this happened? (hey, still love that phony “neck brace” Ted wore like an ascot, sooooo dignified and innocent). Even as a kid I KNEW it was phony!

    Question – if Teddy loved the sea soooooooo much… why was he not scattered there ? John Jr was, and he was nowhere near as attached to it as Edward was. \

    Anyone else find the above a bit strange? What was it about the water that was suddenly so
    unimportant to this otherwise “live & breathe” salty dog?

    Haunting question, isn’t it?

    • Melly says:

      Good post!
      And I often wondered if it was John John’s wishes to be buried at sea or if it was all Ted Kennedy’s decision.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I didn’t like him when I was a kid and as I grew into adulthood, I learned that that dislike was well-founded and it grew into a genuine hatred. Hatred of all things Kennedy. I came to also realize that Jackie’s desire for obscurity was also well-founded. After all, if there’s an opportunity to be removed from them after being exposed (literally) to the soft underbelly of that which is the Kennedys, I say take it.

  11. terika says:

    … and lo, the Pope had this to sayeth regarding Edward…..

    ” Pfffft ! ”

    ~ Amen

  12. katmeredith says:

    Obama “He was the product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect — a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots.”

    I think this sums up our current political scene and what’s wrong with it. Granted, I think it’s complete bull because this mythical age didn’t exist. However, we have reached a time when Democratic ideas and Republican ideas really are so far apart (when practiced) that there is very little room for agreement or mutual respect. We both think we’re right and that necessitates the other side being wrong. Only one of us can be doing what’s right for America and, therefore, patriotic. Polls of voters are clearer examples than politicians themselves (who don’t practice what they sell). No matter the question, if 80% of Democrats agree, then 80% of Republicans disagree. Is it any wonder the country is sinking fast?

    (Matthew 12:25). ‘And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand’.

    Or, if you prefer:

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” -Abraham Lincoln, 1858

    • canary says:

      Obama “… cooperation and mutual respect — a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots.”

      I’m so glad I didn’t watch it. Obama’s anti-America hating hardly makes him a patriot, but an alien from some other planet. He is a wolfe in wolfe’s clothing and has caused more division than any president in history. Apologizing and demeaning. He’s a commerical

    • Steve says:

      “He was the product of an age when the joy and nobility of politics prevented differences of party and philosophy from becoming barriers to cooperation and mutual respect — a time when adversaries still saw each other as patriots.”


      Letter Details Kennedy Offer To USSR | Sweetness & Light

      Mr. Obama once again demonstrates his ignorance of even the most recent history.

    • proreason says:

      of if YOU prefer:

      “subversion…..destroys religion, political system of a country….acivities of the KGB….85% is subversion…to destroy your enemy…..overt, legitimate, easily observable activities….that are not a crime”

      Yuri Bezmenov
      KGB defector, 1983

  13. canary says:

    Terika, because Teddy had a morbid love for burying people in water.? Actually, it was like burying John Jr. twice at sea. How could he look even look at a body of water without bad memories. Oh, and rape near the sea too. Favorite place to drink his wine.

  14. MinnesotaRush says:

    “BHO .. ‘We Loved This Kind And Tender Hero’”

    I certainly didn’t and it sounds like a fairly large sentiment!

    I guess I can certainly respect the fact that he, too, was one of God’s creation; so to that degree, God bless ’em. But I know I didn’t like or “love” the guy; nor do I think him to be kind and certainly not a hero.

  15. proreason says:

    Has anybody else notice a pattern with The Moron’s “heros”?

  16. VMAN says:

    Obama spoke of Kennedy’s resilience in the face of “events that would have broken a lesser man,” A lesser man would have rotted in prison but along with privilege come rewards.

    • proreason says:

      “events that would have broken a lesser man man who had an ounce of integrity or who was’nt willing to spend millions of his family’s ill-gotten fortune to bribe and coerce local officials to pretend that a heinous crime was not committed.,”

      fixed the quote for the Moron

    • VMAN says:

      Right on right on right on

  17. artboyusa says:

    What’s a few lies between friends? President Barometer owed Ted big time, remember? It was Ted’s “endorshment” that put Barry in the driver’s seat, so to speak, as recalled in this leftover from the Artboy Archives: “ONLY IN AMERICA: the Legend of Barack Obama”, continues to gain momentum with “Phone Call from Camelot”!

    “Senator? Call for you on Line One; its Senator Kennedy”.

    “Oh? Put him on, please, Tammy. Thanks. Hello, Senator!” boomed Obama in that big deep voice of his.


    “Senator Kennedy – hello! Barack Obama here. Hello, Senator”.

    “Hello? Who’sh that?”

    “Hello, Senator. It’s me, Barack Obama”.

    “I don’ wanna talk to you; I wanna talk to Barack”.

    “Ted – Senator; it’s me, Barack”.

    “Yeah? Put Barack on, willya?”

    “It is me, its Barack – hello!”

    “Lishen, will you jusht put him on the line, f’crisshakes? What’sh the matta with you?”


    “Barack? That you?”


    “Hey, pal – where you been?”

    Barack sighed and rolled his eyes. It was like this every time.

    “What can I do for you, Senator?”

    “Huh? Oh, right –hey, lishen Brakepad; guessh what?”


    “Huh? Hold on a minute – gotta take a whiz. That’sh betta – oh yeah”.

    “You were saying, Senator?”

    “Hold on- jusht puttin’ it away. Okay. Yeah, anyway Breakfast; the thing ish …I’m gonna endorsh you”.

    “Really? That’s great news, Senator – thank you. This will really be…”

    “And you know why I’m gonna endorsh you? Huh? You know why?”

    “Well, Ted; I’ve always felt that on issues of social policy you and I…”

    “Becaushe you’re my besht pal, that’sh why. You’re my besht buddy in the whole wide world, Barrack – I love you, man!”

    “Um, thank you, Senator. I’m, er, fond of you too”.

    “You are? Really? You mean it? ‘Cause you shouldn’t shay shtuff if you don’ mean it. That’sh a shin. You’ll go to Hell for that”.

    “I’m sure I won’t be going to Hell, senator…”

    “Well, I am! Oh yeah – I am. The shit I’ve pulled…anyway, you know what, Backtrack – you remind me of shomebody. You know who you remind me of? Huh?”

    “Your elder brother Jack?”

    “Hell no! Are you crazy? Jack wash a white guy! No, you remind me of one of the stewards at the Hyannisport Golf Club when I wash a kid. You look jusht like him – Rufus or Rastas or shome goddam thing wash hish name”.

    “Do I? That’s interesting” gritted Obama.

    “Shure – he wash a great guy. We ushed to shlip him a few bucksh and he’s shmuggle out shome bottles of Jack to me and my friendsh, becaushe we were shtill too young to get sherved. Good old Remus!”

    “Uh huh. Well, the next time I’m in Massachusetts maybe I’ll pop down and we can play a few holes down at your club”.

    “Wha? Are you shittin’ me? Lisshen, Hatchback – thish ish an exchlusive club. Membersh only. Your kind of people…um, people like you…well, you know…”

    “No; I don’t know. You tell me”.

    “I don’t shupposh you wanna caddy for me, do ya?”


    “Huh? Okay -hey, ish that the time? Waddaya know? Lishen, I gotta run. Shome Lifetime Achievement thing…great talkin’ with you, old buddy…she you later…where’sh thoshe car keys?”

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Tune in next time when the “Houseboy” learns to drive the golf cart into the 11th fairway dogleg pond!

      “Who’s he calling a caddy?”

    • proreason says:

      I scanned Google Images for Ted Kennedy.

      Other than a handful with Obamy, the first one of Fredo with a black person was after 7 full pages of 20 images per page. And that one was with Republican J.C. Watts.

      Some civil rights champion, huh?

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