The tributes for Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who died late Tuesday night, are pouring in from national leaders from across the political spectrum.
Fellow Senator John F. Kerry of Massachusetts:
"We have known for some time that this day was coming, but nothing makes it easier. We have lost a great light in our lives and our politics, and it will never be the same again. Ted Kennedy was such an extraordinary force, yes for the issues he cared about, but more importantly for the humanity and caring in our politics that is at the center of faith and true public service.
“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.
“Teresa and I send all our love to Vicki, Teddy Jr., Patrick, Kara and their family, and to the entire Kennedy family for whom Teddy was always a rock at times like this. Massachusetts and our entire nation feels their loss and grieves with them."
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio: “The people of Massachusetts and the United States Congress have lost a tireless public servant. Ted Kennedy was my friend. While there were few political issues on which he and I agreed, our relationship was never disagreeable, and was always marked by good humor, hard work, and a desire to find common ground.
“Ted Kennedy was also a friend to inner-city children and teachers. For the better part of the last decade, Ted and I worked together to support struggling Catholic grade schools in inner-city Washington. By helping these schools keep their doors open and helping them retain their committed teachers and faculty, this joint effort made a positive difference in the lives of thousands of inner-city children, who otherwise would have been denied the opportunity for a quality education. It wouldn’t have been possible without Senator Kennedy and his genuine desire to give something back to help inner-city students in the city in which he’d served for so many years. I’m proud to have worked with Senator Kennedy on this project, and I will dearly miss his friendship and his partnership in this cause. Debbie and I extend our thoughts and prayers to Vicki and the entire Kennedy family at this difficult time.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell:
“It is with great sadness that Elaine and I note the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, one of the giants of American political life, a longtime Senate colleague, and a friend. No one could have known the man without admiring the passion and vigor he poured into a truly momentous life. We send our deepest expressions of sympathy to Vicki, his children, and the entire Kennedy family.”
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, who said the party will pay tribute to Kennedy at its fall meeting in Austin, Tex., next month:
"Today we mourn the loss of one the greatest and most consequential political figures in American history with the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy. Senator Kennedy was adored by millions of Americans and was respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle for his energy, his passion, his humor, his compassion, his friendship and above all his commitment to serve his country in pursuit of a more common good for every American.
"It is not an exaggeration to say that Senator Kennedy devoted his entire adult life - in the great tradition of the Kennedy family - to public service. And, in his forty-six years in the Senate, Senator Kennedy's primary focus - and the legacy he will be most remembered for - will be his work to improve the plight of ordinary Americans, to empower the powerless and to end the scourge of discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and economic background that was all too prevalent in an earlier time.
"For his efforts to ensure civil and voting rights for minorities to equal rights for women, Senator Kennedy was a champion. For providing health care to millions of our nation's children to fighting for the cause and rights of workers and organized labor, Senator Kennedy was a hero. For working to improve education and educational opportunities for children and college students to fighting for the security and dignity of older Americans, Senator Kennedy was an icon. And, for his career-long pursuit of quality, affordable health care for every American, a cause he was devoted to until the very end, Senator Kennedy was an inspiration to millions of Americans who are fighting today for that just cause.
"In the Senate, he was called the Lion. To the Democratic Party whose values and ideals were embodied in and shaped by this great man, he was a giant. To the American people, he will be remembered as one of the greatest and most accomplished legislators in American history. And to his family he will be remembered as a father, a husband, an uncle, a brother, a grandfather and a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kennedy family as we mourn the loss and celebrate the extraordinary life of Senator Edward Moore Kennedy."
Representative Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts:
“Today our country and the world lost a leading light and a legislative legend. Edward Kennedy was the greatest senator this country has ever known and an inspiration to all who have answered the call to public service.
“Never afraid to sail against the wind in the name of justice, equality and opportunity, Senator Kennedy was a treasured friend and a legislator without peer. Throughout his distinguished career, he helped bring health care to millions of children, enabled many young people to afford a college education and ensured that so many could realize the American dream.
“In these difficult times, my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Kennedy family, especially with Senator Kennedy’s wife Vicki, and with Kara, Teddy Jr. and my colleague Patrick.”
“To echo his own immortal words, the causes which he championed shall endure, his hopes will live on in the millions of people his work touched and the dreams of Ted Kennedy shall never die.”
Ambassador John Bruton of the European Commission delegation to the US:
"I wish to express sympathy on my personal behalf, and on behalf of the European Commission, to the Kennedy family, the people of Massachusetts and the people of the United States on the death of Senator Edward Kennedy.
"Ted Kennedy was first and foremost a great legislator. As a Senator, he was adept at forging the compromises across the political spectrum that are essential if legislation is to pass in the U. S. Senate. His focus on raising educational standards and on universal healthcare were not ends in themselves, but part of a wider commitment he had to ensuring that the poorest in society could be raised up through education and would share fully in the magnificent advances of modern medicine. In a word, he was a man of social justice.
"He was deeply knowledgeable on European issues and on foreign policy questions. I remember an occasion when I was part of a Parliamentary Delegation from the Western European Union in Washington and we were seeking to meet a member of the Senate, but our previous arrangements had fallen through. At literally one minute's notice, Ted Kennedy agreed to come down the corridor and meet us. He then gave a virtuoso display of technical knowledge of foreign policy and security issues and responded fully to specialist questions on these subjects from experts from all the major Parliaments of Europe.
"Ted Kennedy had a deep interest in Ireland, the country of his ancestors, the Kennedy's and the Fitzgeralds. He visited many times. He played a critical rôle in diminishing support among Irish Americans for the use of violence or coercion of any kind to resolve the divisions between the two communities in Northern Ireland. This required courage on his part as many of his constituents would have disagreed initially with his position. He was a big support to successive Irish Governments and to leaders like John Hume and David Trimble in forging the compromises that have now given Ireland peace and stability at last.
"I heard Ted Kennedy speak a few years ago in the National Press Club. He was a great orator, in the old tradition. In his public speeches, he was a master both of cadence and clarity of expression, making anything he had to say a pleasure to listen to.
"His widow Victoria, and his children will miss him greatly. His son Patrick, Congressman from Rhode Island, carries on his political legacy with the same commitment to social justice that marked his father's long parliamentary career."
US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue:
“America has lost one of its most generous public servants with the passing of Senator Kennedy. His mastery of the issues complimented an ability to reach across the aisle and consider all sides of an issue. While some will remember Kennedy as a 'liberal icon,' he also brought bipartisanship and civility to the political debate.
“This was apparent in recent years as he worked with the Chamber and many other groups to support education reforms, through No Child Left Behind, and to champion comprehensive immigration reform.
“While the business community may have disagreed with Sen. Kennedy more often than not, we admired him for his rock-solid convictions and his passionately held beliefs. Sen. Kennedy never had to consult a poll to determine how he voted on an issue -- he knew what he believed in and fought like hell for it. He was an American original.”
EMILY's List president Ellen R. Malcolm:
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Senator Kennedy. He was a true champion for women and families in the United States and around the world. Sen. Kennedy was a major supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment for constitutional equality for men and women; a strong advocate for Title IX that increased participation for women in college sports; and more recently a leader in passing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act that ensures equal pay for equal work. He will be truly missed. My thoughts are with the Kennedy family and the extended family of Kennedy staff and friends across the country.”
John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society:
“We are truly saddened by the passing of a giant in the area of health care policy -- our friend, US Senator and recipient of the American Cancer Society’s highest award, Medal of Honor and the National Distinguished Advocacy Award, Edward “Ted” Kennedy. Senator Kennedy was a passionate advocate for cancer patients and their families, not just in his home state of Massachusetts, but nationwide.
“Truly one of the great champions in this battle to fight cancer, Senator Kennedy has led a passionate effort against this disease during his more than 40 years in the US Senate, championing health care-related causes from equal access to health care to increased funding for cancer research and screening for early detection.
“Known as the ‘Lion of the Senate,’ Senator Kennedy has fought to bring all the resources of the nation to bear in fighting cancer and other diseases, renewing the war on cancer by introducing a bill to overhaul the 1971 National Cancer Act. Senator Kennedy helped to reign in the tobacco industry with legislation that gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products, which was signed into law in June. Senator Kennedy also championed the expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program with an increase in the tobacco tax.
“Senator Kennedy was personally touched by this disease long before his own diagnosis, watching his son, Ted Kennedy, Jr. battle bone cancer as a teen, and daughter Kara Kennedy Allen battle lung cancer in 2003.
"We are deeply grateful for Senator Kennedy’s commitment and support throughout his long, illustrious career. He will truly be missed. We express our deepest condolences to Ted’s wife, Vicki, and the rest of his family."
Senator Chris Dodd of Connecticut, who is battling prostate cancer himself:
“I’m not sure America has ever had a greater Senator, but I know for certain that no one has had a greater friend than I and so many others did in Ted Kennedy. 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.
“Whatever tragedy befell Teddy’s family, he would always be there for them. Whatever tragedy befell the family of one of his friends, he would always be there for us. And in this moment of profound grief, our hearts are with his wonderful wife Vicki, his fantastic kids Ted Jr., Patrick, Kara, Curran, and Caroline, his grandchildren, and the wide and wonderful extended family for whom he was always a safe harbor. I will miss him every day I serve, and every day I live.”
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Andrea Miller, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kennedy family today. They have lost a devoted father, husband, grandfather, and uncle, and the people of the commonwealth of Massachusetts and all Americans have lost a great statesman and champion for progressive values.
“Throughout his career, Sen. Edward Kennedy set a new standard as a voice for the powerless and inspired generations of Americans to strengthen their country by contributing through public service. He was a tireless advocate for women’s equality and an eloquent guardian of the values of freedom and privacy, most notably as a leader on health care and judicial nominations.
“Sen. Kennedy never wavered in his pursuit to do what was right for the American people. At a time when our country faces such significant challenges, we must pay tribute to Sen. Kennedy’s legacy by following his example of moving forward, even against great odds and relentless opposition from opponents of progress.”
Matthew L. Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:
"The incomparable legacy of Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the protection of America's public health is a lasting tribute to his memory. Senator Kennedy was among the first in Congress to fully comprehend the devastating effects of tobacco use in the U.S. He was in the vanguard of supporters of FDA regulation of tobacco at a time when it was political anathema to even suggest government regulation of an industry which had always been protected by powerful friends in Congress. But Ted Kennedy knew it was the right thing to do.
"After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the authority to regulate tobacco had to be expressly granted by Congress, Senator Kennedy took action. He worked unstintingly, in many cases reaching across the aisle, to craft legislation to empower the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to regulate tobacco. He wrote and spoke eloquently about the need to stop the tobacco companies from targeting children. He reminded his colleagues about the terrible toll of tobacco addiction and disease on America's families. And slowly but surely, his message began to break through.
"In 2004, despite White House opposition, Senator Kennedy succeeded in getting the Senate to pass the FDA tobacco legislation but the House leadership was able to kill the bill in a conference committee. Where lesser men would have given up the fight, Senator Kennedy only strengthened his resolve to pass the tobacco bill. He never lost hope. He said he'd get it done, and five years later, he did.
"Earlier this year, both the Senate and House passed the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act finally authorizing the FDA to regulate the tobacco industry. At the signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, President Obama paid tribute to Senator Kennedy's outstanding leadership in getting this major public health legislation passed and signed into law. Although he was, by that time, too ill to attend the White House ceremony, his presence was felt by everyone there.
"Over the years, Senator Edward M. Kennedy has become an inspiration not only to tobacco prevention advocates but also to the entire public health community. He has been a leader in the truest sense of the word. We are proud to say that we had the opportunity to work closely with him over many years. Like the rest of America, we mourn his passing. We will miss him terribly."
Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron:
"Alliance for Justice deeply mourns the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA). He dedicated his life to the best of America and its values, embodying the fight for justice and equality. Senator Kennedy gave his voice to the voiceless and wielded his power for the powerless. He leaves behind a grateful nation and a legacy that will persist for generations to come. We must honor his memory by not only reflecting on that legacy but by continuing to advance the values and causes he so valiantly championed during his unparalleled career. In the words of Senator Kennedy himself, ‘the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.’ We have lost a great American, but on this somber day there is no doubt that Senator Edward Kennedy made America great."
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence:
"Senator Edward Kennedy was a great friend of the Brady Campaign and of all the activists and victims who have struggled for the last thirty years to bring common sense to our gun laws. He never faltered in his steadfast support. He stood up to the powerful special interests who have blocked progress on gun violence and never backed down. Our love and profound sympathy go out to his wife, Victoria, a former board member of the Brady Center, and to his entire family."
"As the nation's largest, non-partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, the Brady Campaign, with its dedicated network of Million Mom March Chapters, works to enact and enforce sensible gun laws, regulations and public policies. The Brady Campaign is devoted to creating an America free from gun violence, where all Americans are safe at home, at school, at work, and in our communities."
Representative Paul Hodes, a New Hampshire Democrat:
“The nation grieves at the loss of a great leader. His passion for social justice, his commitment to making this country and the world a better place inspired millions. Senator Kennedy was truly a champion of the people. He was the standard bearer for an incomparable legacy of public service. He will be missed but he will be remembered. My thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the entire Kennedy family.”
Former Republican New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John H. Sununu:
“Senator Edward Kennedy was one of the most influential figures in American political history. His passing will leave a real void in the Nation’s policy making process. We all share the sorrow of his family and extend our condolences and prayers to them.
“Senator Kennedy was a principled political advocate who was able to work across philosophical differences to produce good, effective legislation. He will be remembered as the classic model for great bipartisan policy development.”
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele:
“I am saddened to hear of the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Vicki and the entire Kennedy family. For close to five decades, Senator Ted Kennedy followed in his family’s long tradition and served his country with great distinction. His legacy should serve as an inspiration to anyone interested in public service.”
Anna Burger, chairwoman of Change to Win, a national labor coalition:
"American workers have lost one of their greatest champions and our country has lost a great leader. Senator Ted Kennedy was a lifelong advocate for the values and ideals of the American Dream. He was a stalwart -- lion of the Senate -- giving a voice and hope to all working families. He led the fights that have the biggest impact on providing greater economic security and opportunity for all: from giving workers the right to have a voice at work, to raising the minimum wage and worker safety standards, to creating comprehensive immigration reform.
"Sen. Kennedy dreamed of a nation of progress where justice, fairness and opportunity for all laid at the heart. The most fitting tribute to honoring the life and legacy of this great statesman is for Congress to pass quality affordable health care for all this year. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Vicki, his children and the rest of the Kennedy family."
General James L. Jones, national security adviser to President Obama:
"As a young Senate Liaison officer during the early 1980’s, I had the opportunity to get to know Senator Edward Kennedy who was then a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Kennedy and his staff were among some of the best supporters the Marine Corps ever had on Capitol Hill. Despite his many responsibilities, he always made time for me on issues of importance to Marines and their families. Always gracious and well informed, the Senator was instrumental in the passage of the landmark legislation known as Goldwater-Nichols and military pay reforms, which ushered in the most comprehensive reforms of our military and defense establishment since the end of World War II.
"Senator Kennedy, among the many things he will be remembered for, deserves to be honored for his genuine care and compassion for our men and women in uniform – his tireless work and his voting record clearly supports this distinction. While he never shied from challenging our senior military leadership during hundreds of committee hearings, he could always be counted on to be fair and open-minded in letting witnesses like me make our case to the committee and to the American people. He contributed a great deal to my 'Washington education,' and I’m sure he is most proud of the contributions many of his former staff members continue to make to our nation today."
Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights:
“Senator Edward M. Kennedy was the field general in the fight for civil rights. An eloquent advocate, a skilled strategist, and an unequaled coalition-builder, Ted Kennedy was the most effective senator of his generation and a leader in achieving every major legislative advance during his service in the Senate. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the cause of civil and human rights had no better friend than Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
"As we struggle to enact the health care reform that was his life’s work and will be his greatest legacy, we can hear him reminding us that 'the work continues' and 'the dream lives on.' His words and his passion will continue to inspire millions to fulfill this dream. On this sad day, our hearts and thoughts are also with the Kennedy family in their time of loss. We thank them for their support of Senator Kennedy and his life-long contribution to civil and human rights. We deeply appreciate their contribution.”
Oscar Chacón, executive director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities:
“Senator Kennedy was a stalwart defender and advocate for the rights of all people. He dedicated his entire political career to ensuring greater economic equity and social justice in the country that he loved and served so well. In addition to fighting to lift the minimum wage for workers and ensuring that everybody had access to affordable and quality health care, Senator Kennedy was one of the most ardent advocates for a more humane and sensible immigration policy.”
AFL-CIO president John Sweeney:
"Ted Kennedy was not just a senator for Massachusetts; he was our senator -- a senator for working people, for poor people, for the old and the vulnerable. For all those who needed a champion, he was our champion. He personified a sense of aspiration that has become America’s aspiration -- to make things better, to make them more
fair, to make our nation more compassionate and hopeful, to make life work for working men and women.
"He has left an enormous footprint on America. For nearly a half century, Ted Kennedy was the chief standard-bearer for working families in the United States Senate -- and on the Senate Labor Committee. 'When I went to the United States Senate in 1962, the leadership asked me what committee I wanted to be on,' he told the AFL-CIO convention in 2005. 'I said, ‘I want to be on the Labor Committee,' just as his brothers had before him. He championed the cause of working people and labor out of deep affection -- and the affection was mutual.
He was loved for his roaring passion, his decency, his generosity. Few can claim the adoration he received not only as the senator who more than any other defined America’s vision for civil rights, workers’ rights, health care, education, disability rights and so much more -- but also as “Teddy,” the man who remembered birthdays, celebrated family and shared chuckles.
"It is because of his 47 years of service, hard work and faith that we will pass affordable, quality health care this year --and go on to restore the freedom of every working person to organize and bargain for better wages, benefits and working conditions.
"Ted Kennedy was most optimistic when sailing into the wind. He took glee in a good fight, but never preened or paraded when he won. And he was clear about his values. I am reminded of the stark choice he laid out for America when he described to the AFL-CIO his measure for judging a particular Supreme Court nominee: 'Will he stand for workers' rights and women's rights and civil rights? Will he stand with workers of America or the Wal-Marts of America? When a worker is injured, will he stand with corporations or with average workers? When insurance companies deny health care, will he stand with the HMOs or average Americans? When polluters poison our water and our air, will he stand with the polluters or with the people? When Benedict Arnold companies use tax loopholes to send jobs overseas, will he stand with the corporations or will he stand with hard-working Americans here at home?'
"That clarity and conscience is his gift to all Americans, and we will carry it on."
Nancy G. Brinker, founding chairwoman of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
"Senator Kennedy was not only a giant in the Senate, he was a dear friend of the entire cancer community, having helped launch the nation's war on cancer more than 25 years ago," said Ambassador "He was our friend in the beginning, and he continued to stand by us until his final days. His strength and perseverance were an inspiration to us all. While he will be missed, his spirit lives on in the fight to find the cures for cancer."
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch:
“Today the arts community remembers the life of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. Throughout his 46 years of service in the Senate, he came to be one of the most effective legislative leaders for the arts. Senator Kennedy carried forth the arts and humanities legacy his brother John F. Kennedy began. He powerfully advocated the need to nurture creativity and to broaden access to artistic excellence in the U.S. Senate, and his leadership extended to co-founding and co-chairing the Senate Arts Caucus.
“I recall standing and signing with Senator Kennedy on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of arts supporters and legislators were with us rallying on behalf of saving and increasing federal support for the arts, as Peter Yarrow led a rousing sing-a-long of ‘This Land is Your Land.’ That day was just of the many times I had the personal pleasure of working with Senator Kennedy on federal arts issues.
“Throughout his work, Senator Kennedy carried strong messages of freedom of expression, tolerance, and creative rights. He spoke staunchly of the central role of the federal government in supporting American cultural life, inspiring bipartisan cooperation among his colleagues. As chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, he pressed forth the need to have strident arts education policies. Just this spring, Congress passed the Serve America Act, named after Senator Kennedy, which includes music and arts education in the Education Corps activities.
“A decade ago, Americans for the Arts presented him with our Congressional Leadership Award. These words were written then and they remain true today: ‘He is a steadfast friend of the arts who can be counted on to write legislation to advance the arts, speak passionately about the role of the arts in our lives, and even step into a guest stint as conductor of the Boston Pops.’
“His warmth, humor, empathy, and fierce passion will be missed by me, as well as entire national arts community. We are all diminished by his loss.”
Janet Murguía, president and CEO of the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group:
“The Latino community is grieving today because we have lost a tireless champion and a true friend. No senator in history has supported more legislation that will improve the lives of our community than Senator Kennedy. He became a household name for so many Latinos,” said . “Senator Kennedy has been at the forefront of every major debate affecting the Latino community, including civil rights, increasing educational opportunities for English language learners, improving the country’s health care system, and comprehensive immigration reform.”
“The senator was a champion for working families. He stood with us to make sure that our kids have access to a quality education, that accessible quality health care was within reach for working Americans, and that the American Dream was a reality for immigrants. His passing challenges all of us to continue to fulfill his vision of a just society. We vow to honor his legacy by continuing the fight for these critical issues that ensure the foundation of America remains strong.”
Democratic Leadership Council chairman Harold Ford Jr.:
"We mourn the passing of Senator Kennedy. When the roll of history is called, Edward Kennedy will be acknowledged as a giant; the very best who ever served our nation in the Senate.
"His courage and idealism shaped the very best of our country for the last five decades. He asked us not to settle for 'what is' in our country, but rather work toward what 'can be.'
"From leading the way on civil rights to fighting for quality health care, education and a living wage that would sustain working families, Senator Kennedy left his mark on the progress of America. He was a seminal force in passing Family and Medical Leave, Title IX for women college athletes, the American Disabilities Act and a constitutional amendment to allow 18-year-olds to vote. As the savvy sailor that he was, he helped steer the ship of our nation to brighter and calmer seas. Let us give thanks to this great man."
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