rest in peace, ted sorensen

October 31: President Obama has issued a statement in honor of Ted Sorensen, the John F. Kennedy aide and speechwriter who died today at age 82:

I was so saddened to learn that Ted Sorensen passed away. I got to know Ted after he endorsed my campaign early on. He was just as I hoped he’d be — just as quick-witted, just as serious of purpose, just as determined to keep America true to our highest ideals.

From his early days desegregating a Nebraska pool to his central role electing and advising President Kennedy to his later years as an international lawyer and advocate, Ted lived an extraordinary life that made our country — and our world — more equal, more just, and more secure. Generations of Americans entered public service aspiring to follow in his footsteps.

Even as I mourn his loss, I know his legacy will live on in the words he wrote, the causes he advanced, and the hearts of anyone who is inspired by the promise of a new frontier. My heart goes out to his wife Gillian, his daughter Juliet, his sons, Eric, Stephen, and Philip, and the entire Sorensen family.

2 Responses to “rest in peace, ted sorensen”

  1. 1 globalcitizenlinda
    October 31, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    May Mr Sorensen rest in eternal peace and may he be rewarded for his great service to this country!!

    I can never forget the many times I saw reports of this revered gentleman and public servant go door-to-door in the snow in New Hampshire and other parts of New England trying to shore up support for Then-Candidate Obama!

    these actions were simply priceless because as far as I am concerned he had earned the right to stay home during campaigns and his endorsement would have been more than sufficient.

    people of dignity, high intelligence and grace who value public service are a a gem that need to be trasured for ever of possible

    • 2 avpmom
      November 1, 2010 at 1:46 am

      Didn’t know he did that Linda, wow! Makes him even more awesome than ever – wow! May he rest in perfect peace and may he continue to intercede on behalf of, and watch over our President and all of us. Amen.

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