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-- ladies and gentlemen.
One of the ways that I think.
-- senator Kennedy's life can be measured.
Is the kind of people.
That he was.
Able to surround himself well.
Everyone who has been a part of this library.
Teddy had one friend.
He stuck with him.
From the first day he ran.
Until his last day in office.
And that was the fellow who he selected to give that last time let's just give -- perfectly -- You know -- yeah.
Just -- to take a brief moment to.
Thank each and every one -- you.
For being here -- this evening.
I want to thank you because every person in this audience.
-- touched by Ted Kennedy.
In one way or another.
All of you know the kind of person he was wasted four.
He looked out after one very very large family.
He could only do that.
He could only do that.
Because of the kindness.
Of his own them.
And to Vicki.
Who in these last few days.
Has shown a kind of grace and dignity.
And love and character.
That is simply beyond belief.
And -- -- Yes thank.
And to Teddy and Kiki who I love so much and their whole family.
Little Teddy entirely.
Car up with Max and great send.
Might -- friend Patrick who.
Does such a terrific job following his father's footsteps.
And to Curran and Caroline.
Who have welcome us as we have welcomed them we just so appreciate.
The kindness and the love.
You know it's very difficult.
To share a father.
With his biggest -- -- the Kennedys.
You know hopefully there.
Every single one of my Brothers and sisters.
Needed a thought.
And we gained one.
-- -- -- Caroline and John.
We're no different.
Dismissed Loughner was their father.
The truth of the matter is that for so many of us.
We just needed someone.
To hang on to.
Was always there.
To hang on -- He had such a big part.
And he shared that heart with all -- -- that Teddy and Patrick and car.
We won't let you know.
That we understand.
How much you get me to allow us to be cared for -- you had.
So we just want to say thank you.
We just want to say thank you to Kennedy's entire family.
But you know every time I come to this library.
-- love -- -- that remembrances of my father and -- president Kennedy and now we'll be able to come here and remember Ted.
But of all the exhibits in the different aspects that this library.
The one that I most appreciate is -- we can't see right at the moment but it's right around the corner and it is that one thing outside of this building.
And that is the -- terror.
Which spent most of you know as they vote that president Kennedy.
From my point of view that was tech -- And if you ever knew how many races because my father went out bought me a vote well -- my mother about it.
I kind of tried to grab but never nevertheless she should do it and that I was -- supposed to go out and race against that.
Every single weekend on Saturday and Sunday I would see that by the end of that vote.
Going over the horizon and IP you know Teddy always came in first second -- third I'd like to think that I came in first second that -- that different but the difference was.
I was third from the last second from the lasted just got blasted the cut.
You know -- be the truth is that.
Wanted to share with you a little story that I thought.
To -- captured who Teddy you.
The reason that voters out here in front of this library was the one time that I ever beat -- We're on this race course in Hyannis Port and one of the cruise says -- I actually think were overtaking your -- I can't I can't believe -- so.
We got -- next to him.
And of course the reason why we were catching him was because he was up to his belly button -- -- -- that seems that the boat had opened up in the boat was sinking.
-- -- It's probably finally passed Teddy my one victory.
After the race.
He came up to -- he said listen you have a vote I don't have a vote may -- what we should do is get together and -- -- -- -- together and then.
What time when we can -- one day at a weekend I'll crew for you.
Which was going to be interesting and the other did that weekend you crew for me.
And the saying was true for little Teddy and Patrick so that was that -- Teddy little Teddy and Patrick so I got back.
Off we go and -- that -- starts that we start to -- -- you know nonstop and and we get to the biggest race of the year and it's like forty votes.
And we get up that morning.
And it is a full blown gale I mean so there is it is blowing like stink.
And we get up there.
And they first they call the race -- and -- all -- -- skippers get together and they say OK well we'll we'll put the -- -- gotten out.
The race starts.
So that we're going down wind which means those big colorful sails -- that -- out in front.
We start the race and it's about five miles to the first mark.
I thought something with a little strange when -- only vote in the entire fleet that set a sticker was hours.
And I thought maybe they know something that we don't end well anyway we came to find it out so can we start down towards the first mark.
And we are now ahead because we have this whole other sail so we had this huge advantage.
And we are hit by a country mile and I am so happy.
Happy -- guy in the history of sailboat race.
What I haven't bothered to tell big Teddy little Teddy or Patrick is that I can't steer the -- at all.
This does that vote is going wherever the wind's gonna take it.
And I look at about 500 yards in there is just like fifteen foot high bell -- Then we are headed right for.
And then it's 200 yards.
And then it's a hundred yards and tell you what's around it does take time to think we should turn a little bit.
-- -- We hit that -- I mean.
I thought we were all headed to Davy jones' locker right there.
They have this kind of -- their rule in sailboat racing where if you hit the Kuwait you can go back.
And surround it three times did he get around three times at bat hitting it again you can keep it going in a race so that we have to sail back to the buoy with forty votes coming -- that's.
-- none too pleased with -- there's a little bit of streaming not going on on our board of course.
We somehow make it through obviously we get around the mark three -- in that regard to the second mark and I feel like the biggest deal.
In the history of the world I mean there is no way sorry about that there was no way.
That I could blame this on anybody but myself.
So I feel so terrible.
And big Teddy is up on the windward railings getting soaked in.
It's not very pleasant right then and you know he turned around to me.
And he said -- job.
-- last night before we're going to -- I told you.
We were -- round the first mark.
And seven straight -- how we just felt.
Well I guess I was up pretty -- And he said let's go win this race.
And over the course of the next three hours.
One after another.
We picked off those both.
And we won the race.
Now I don't tell you that because I think winning that particular race was important although I think Teddy would tell you it was important -- has Teddy liked to win.
-- Teddy had this wonderful way about.
Where he could just sense.
When they needed -- hand.
He could just sense and I can't tell you how many times in my life.
And I'm sure as I look around and I see the people in this room who knew him so well.
That every one -- -- doesn't have a story or two or three or five or ten.
Of how Teddy.
Came and gave you were helping hand when you were down.
He was always there and that's what it was it was he was telling me never.
Ever give up you stay in the race.
And if people don't have health insurance you stay in the race.
If people don't have.
-- at adequate housing you stay in the race if people are being treated properly you stay in the race.
And I saw that man.
Make phone calls to every single fan from this day it died on 9/11.
I saw him make the phone call.
To every single family in this state that lost a son or daughter.
In the Iraq War first or second.
War in Afghanistan.
This was a man who hit hurt so deeply.
On the outside the political and economic power people who struggled.
Struggled each and every day.
To just get behind.
He lived his whole life.
Fighting for those people.
And that's why I think when you hear all these tributes and you see Senator McCain and Orrin hatch and others here today from the other side of the aisle.
They -- here.
Because they knew.
What kind of individual.
Teddy was they loved his laugh that you love to spend time but -- its core.
They love to be with an individual who stood for something.
And so ladies and gentlemen I'm here today.
Because I love my uncle so very much so very much.
He did so much for me and my Brothers and sisters.
And my mother when we needed -- hit.
And I tell you ladies and gentlemen there are thousands of others.
Who lost a father or mother.
Or -- sister or brother.
Or someone else in this life.
-- turn to Ted Kennedy.
Such a human being.
But you know ladies and gentlemen.
He is gonna want us to continue.
He's gonna want us to live as he -- he came back after so much tragedy.
Because of that part because of that drive and that determination.
So I ask each one of you.
To rededicate yourself to the same goals and ideals that Senator Ted Kennedy lived his life -- Because he lived to make this world a better place.
And our country.
And this world.
Is a better place.
Because of the life of Ted Kennedy thank you.
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