Many readers here have long disagreed, often vehemently, with the politics of Senator Edward Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts. However, all that is swept aside for now by the sad news that the last great Kennedy Lion has been stricken with a brain tumor.
L - R: American politician brothers, US attorney-general Robert Kennedy (1925 - 1968), US senator Edward Kennedy, and US president John F. Kennedy (1917 - 1963) speak while seated behind a desk, circa 1962. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The Kennedy family has been a staple of American politics from the 20th Century into the 21st. My own first political memory was when I was five years old and wondered why my mother was crying as she did the ironing and watched television. On TV was the funeral of President John F. Kennedy.
All American families are touched by tragedy and sadness at some point, but the Kennedy's have had more than their share.
On behalf of all Mike's America readers I wish Senator Kennedy and his family well during this difficult time.