Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Senator Kennedy Diagnosed With Cancer

After being hospitalized due to a seizure last weekend, senator Kennedy was discovered with a brain tumor Tuesday morning. With the condition of Gliacoma, most doctors estimate the senator having one year left. The news upset many in the senate, in particular Sen. Robert Byrd, who wept for Kennedy during a speech on the Senate floor. Having served 46 years in the Senate, Edward Kennedy influenced a major portion of American policy and left a great impression on politicians and citizens alike. Recently Kennedy has been on the national spotlight for endorsing Barack Obama in the Democratic Primary Election. Kennedy is not up for re-election until 2012, however it is unlikely that he will be able to fulfill his term with his current condition.

Original Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/kennedy;_ylt=Ag2XkWcl7Y9wT1N180QwcwOs0NUE

9 comments:

natalie g said...

I think his support of Obama will really help Obama because since Kennedy is reaching his end, people will give him more respect, which is what he deserves in his final years. Hopefully, people will show him that he has made an impact on their lives, so he knows he has made a difference.

Jacqueline said...

In my opinion, 46 years is way too many in the Senate. I am aware of the fact that it is absolutely legal thanks to the Constitution, but its still too long.
And Kennedy's endorsment of Obama didn't really help Obama that much either, didn't Clinton "win" Mass.?
It is a shocker to the political world to see such a long-standing senator have an expiration date, but it would also be nice to get some new blood on Capitol Hill.

Angela Swartz said...

This is story is really sad. I feel for his family.
Concerning his endorsement of Obama: I think that as a well respected liberal, the endorsement should help Obama. Although he might not need the help now: http://news.aol.com/elections/story/_a/obama-says-nomination-within-reach/20080519210609990001?icid=100214839x1202508086x1200101327

Haeley Meyer said...

I feel sad for the Kennedy family, but I do agree with Jacqueline in thinking that 46 years is way too long be an officer of the senate. It is nice that he is endorsing Obama, but maybe he should be focusing on his health rather than endorsing someone who all ready has tons of money coming in. With the end of his career near, I hope that he receives honor and respect for the time he served and the impact he made on the United States.

Rochelle Chau said...

It's inspiring to see a dedicated and hard working man still willing to endorse Obama while his health is more important.

Kerina Chiu said...

Looking back at the long line of Kennedy’s that have served America, it is sad knowing that another one is ill. Many people have expressed their condolences to Senator Kennedy because he has had to put up with so many tragic deaths in his family in the past.

robbie armstrong said...

This is a sad thing to have happen. At least Mr. Kennedy can know that he was able to have an influence over our country for the good and that he was able to make a difference.

Nicole S said...

He will definitely be remembered, that's for sure. I agree though, that he should be focusing on his health more than politics at this point. Even though whatever he addresses with get a bit more limelight because of his illness (not to sound callous), he should try to prolong his life so that he can continue to make an impact in the future.

Anonymous said...

Senator Kennedy has certainly had an interesting life. He has been involved in education and numerous other causes. During his lifetime he has also had several low points.
The driving incident in 1968 will certainly be remembered by me. His treatment of Judges has been disappointing. Senator Kennedy, by now, should know you can disagree with Judges but you should also respect them. I don't think Sen. Kennedy respects any conservative or middle of the road Judges. He only respects liberal Judges and literally runs down the others. Sen. Kenney, is a great example of term limits for Senators and House members. He has been in office to long.