Karen Bass Weekly Address: Remembering Ted Kennedy

In her weekly address, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass speaks on the death of Senator Ted Kennedy and his contributions to the lives of all Americans.

In devoting his life to the causes of social and economic justice, Senator Kennedy inspired Americans from coast to coast.

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass

Assembly Speaker Karen Bass

Transcript:

Hello, this is Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.

This week millions of Americans joined in the mourning of Senator Edward Kennedy.

In devoting his life to the causes of social and economic justice, Senator Kennedy inspired Americans from coast to coast.

I know, I was one of many here in California.

In the best of the American tradition, the Kennedy family has used its position and wealth as a vehicle for providing service to our country.

Senator Kennedy was a true standard bearer for that tradition.

He helped build the Head Start program for young children and never stopped fighting to improve America’s healthcare system.

And never forgetting the tradition of immigration that built his country, Senator Kennedy was a constant champion for giving immigrants the rights and respect they deserve.

Governor Schwarzenegger has referred to his “Uncle Teddy” as a rock star.  He was also a rock — for the poor, for the sick, and for those too often left behind in our society.

Coming so soon after the loss of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, our thoughts are with First Lady Maria Shriver, the entire Kennedy family, and everyone who believes in the principles of compassion and service that Senator Kennedy and Mrs. Shriver embodied.

This weekend as Senator Kennedy is laid to rest, I hope Californians will take a moment to honor this remarkable man.