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Hello Washington: Senator Edward Kennedy’s 47 Years in the Congress


Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy lived his entire life in the public eye, the youngest son of a wealthy U.S. businessman and ambassador, and the younger brother of both a U.S. Senator and a President. His personal and family life was riddled with difficulty and tragedy, some self-inflicted, some undeserved. First elected in 1962, he spent 47 years in the U.S. Congress, representing the state of Massachusetts, over time gaining power and respect from both sides of the aisle, earning the name "Lion of the Senate". Kennedy passed away on August 25th, 2009, at the age of 77. He was remembered last weekend by family, friends, colleagues, presidents and thousands of citizens of Massachusetts and beyond.

Praise for Sen. Edward M. "Ted'' Kennedy, the last of three Kennedy brothers who captured the American's public imagination in the 1960s and who dominated the Washington debate through the final decades of his nearly 47-year career in the Senate, rolled across party lines .

President Obamawhile paying tributes to thisiconic Massachusetts Democratsaid he was 'the greatest U.S. senator of our time.”

"His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws reflected in millions of lives,'' Obama said in a personal statement delivered from a lawn of the Martha's Vineyard retreat where he and his family are vacationing. Obama cited Kennedy's legislative hand in the granting of "dignity'' for senior citizens, educational opportunity for children and hope for "all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just -- including myself.''

In this week’s call-in show our panelists while replying to questions from our listeners have also estimated Senator Robert Kennedy as one of the greatest Law Makers . They recalled his humanitarian role during the War of Liberationin Bangladesh. The guestson the panel were Dr Selina Ahmed from the University of Houston in Texas,Dr Partho Banerjee from Empire Estate College, New York and Syed Mohammadullah , a veteran journalist from New York


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