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"Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009 )"

Color Pencil on Card Stock Paper cut 11" by 8.5 "

September 11, 2009 - 6 hours

 

The day that Senator Edward M. Kennedy walked on the stage of the 2008 Democratic convention, I felt a sense that this was the last time the world would hear his booming voice.   The last brother of the Kennedy brothers and the last remnant of Camelot, Edward Kennedy had seen the world take most of his family and saw the changes that his two older brothers had wanted.   In his 2008 Democratic Convention appearance, he stormed on stage and was meet with great fanfare and a standing ovation.   His malignant brain tumor had not taken any visible affect on his enthusiasm.   He sang out to the crowd of the old and young to take up the torch.   The passing of the torch, many felt, were in Kennedy's viewpoint a relinquishment of his family and were given to next generation and to the young senator Barrack Obama.   His words on this night were of the same that he used in his failed run for president against Jimmy Carter.

            The nine children of Joseph Kennedy Sr. were of a family of privilege and curse. Edward was the second to last offspring to have died and the last to have been born.   His sister, Eunice Kennedy Shriver who founded the special Olympics after watching the fate of sister Rosemary Kennedy, died earlier in 2009.   Rosemary Kennedy was the eldest sister and underwent a lobotomy at age 23, after which she was mentally incapacitated for the rest of her life and died in 2005.   The eldest brother, Joseph Kennedy Jr. was killed in action in 1944 during World War II as well the second eldest daughter, Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington died in a plane crash in France in 1948.   The second eldest son, John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The forth-eldest daughter, Patricia died of pneumonia 2006. The third eldest brother, Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968.   The youngest daughter second to youngest child of the Kennedy family is Jean Ann Kennedy.

            The ever-growing wealthy businessman, political figure, Hollywood mogul and womanizing Joseph Kennedy Sr. wanted his children to be number one in everything and wanted enough children to create his own dynasty.   His career helped Joseph Sr. with the women in his life.   After becoming the youngest bank president in America, he was able to win the hand of Rose Fitzgerald, the daughter of the mayor of Boston.

            His ambition and money management skills took him into Wall Street as well as Hollywood. He managed to make huge profits from reorganizing and refinancing several Hollywood studios. It is estimated that Kennedy made over $5 million ($62.2 million today from his investments in Hollywood. During his affair with film star Gloria Swanson ; he arranged the financing for her films The Love of Sunya (1927) and the ill-fated Queen Kelly (1928).   This affair was one of supposed many that Rose suspected and her husbands cheating and other factors made Rose make the deal of not divorcing her husband for the sake of their social status and agreed to give Joseph Kennedy a ninth child, Edward, and then she was free to travel the world.  

            The young Edward as a result of a busy and often missing father and an ever-traveling mother grew up with very little parental love.   Raised by nannies, Edward was enrolled in the Fessenden School younger than most and was in the same boarding school as his brother Robert.   Robert tried hard to ignore his younger brother. An incident in Fessenden was young Teddy was being beaten up as he had on many occasion for his age and chubby appearance, and his brother, Robert, walks by.   Teddy calls out for help but Robert states that he is a Kennedy and should take care of himself.
The day that Senator Edward M. Kennedy walked on the stage of the 2008 Democratic convention, there was a sense that this was the last time the world would hear his booming voice.   The last brother of the Kennedy brothers and the last remnant of Camelot, Edward Kennedy had seen the world take most of his family and saw the changes that his two older brothers had wanted.   In his 2008 Democratic Convention appearance, he stormed on stage and was meet with great fanfare and a standing ovation.   His malignant brain tumor had not taken any visible affect on his enthusiasm.   He sang out to the crowd of the old and young to take up the torch.   The passing of the torch, many felt, was in Kennedy's viewpoint a relinquishment of his family and was given to next generation and to the young senator Barrack Obama.  His words on this night were of the same that he used in his failed run for president against Jimmy Carter.

           Kennedy was known for his oratorical skills; his 1968 eulogy for his brother Robert and his 1980 Democratic National Convention rallying cry for modern American liberalism were among his best-known speeches.

He became known as "The Lion of the Senate" through his long tenure and influence. More than 300 bills that Kennedy and his staff wrote were enacted into law. Unabashedly liberal , Kennedy championed an interventionist government emphasizing economic and social justice , but was also known for working with Republicans to find compromises between senators with disparate views.

          In May 2008, Kennedy was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor , which limited his appearances in the Senate. He died on August 25, 2009, at his home in Hyannisport, Massachusetts .

            The burial was held back a couple of hours due to the arrival Kennedy's body by air.   As a result, the burial service went into the night hours and thus was hidden in dark.   Lightning only lighted the night sky as a storm was roaming in and loud thunder strikes were heard as if a lion had roared.   The thought came to my mind that the lion has died and was announcing his arrival in heaven.

 

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