AUSTIN (KXAN) - Supporters of Senator Edward M. Kennedy are recalling his finalvisit to Texas on February 21, 2008.
It came less than a month after he endorsed Illinois SenatorBarack Obama for president. The Massachusetts Democrat visited thecampus of Texas State University for an Obama rally.
After the event in San Marcos, Kennedy told KXAN Austin News,"One thing Barack Obama has been able to do, much like my brotherswere able to do, is to challenge the country."
Austin's first family of politics has a longtime connection withthe Kennedys. Lyndon Johnson was vice president under John F.Kennedy.
The LBJ Library and Museum released a telephoneconversation between Edward Kennedy and PresidentJohnson. In 1964 the two men talked about Kennedy's recovery froman airplane accident:
EMK: "Mrs. Johnson called and you've been awfully kind duringthis... And we're really appreciative, and my parents are too."
LBJ: "You just tell 'em we're ready to do anything andeverything they you want done and we'll elect you by a bigger votethan you got before."
EMK: "I know it! God, now you're really gonna have to pull methrough up here!"
LBJ: "Well, just tell 'em that I'll fill your speakingengagements."
EMK: (laughs) "Well, I certainly shall. That was awful kind ofyou, but we'll be looking forward to getting back down there."
President Johnson's daughter, Luci Baines Johnson released thefollowing statement:
"Senator Kennedy was our family's cherished friend and thedefender of the flame for social justice our parents believed in -decent health care, education, and civil rights for everyAmerican.
He could have had a life of self service; he chose a life ofpublic service. He was our nation's great 'possibilitarian' - whobrought Americans of divergent thought together to further a commongood. Our hearts are heavy for his beloved family and our country.Generations of Johnsons are praying Senator Kennedy's dream for anAmerica where healthcare is a right, not a privilege, will becomethe just tribute he deserves."
"My initial reaction was sadness and shock," said former LaborSecretary Ray Marshall, who is now a member of the faculty at theLBJ School of Public Affairs at UT.
"Most of this world's really big problems are political, andthere are not many people who were in Teddy Kennedy's class inbeing able to get things done, and to reach across the aisle toknow how far to go in compromising legislation in order to getacceptance," Marshall said.
Austinite Lance Armstrong got the news while attending a globalcancer forum in Dublin, Ireland.
"We'll miss him, the fight against cancer in the United Stateswill miss him and the fight against cancer around the world willmiss him," Armstrong said. "And this debate on health care in theUnited States will also not be the same without him."
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