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August 28th, 2009
10:04 AM ET

The quieter side to Ted Kennedy

Every week, Senator Kennedy used to read to a student at a DC elementary school as part of the mentoring program, “Everybody Wins.” CNN's Jim Acosta visits one school, where he talked to the little girl Senator Kennedy mentored before his illness. Her mother was there as well and credits Kennedy for her child’s improved reading.

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  1. Cheryl Schmitt

    Ted Kennedy may have spent a lifetime in the Senate doing "good works", but the bottom line is his family name and fortune got him out of being convicted of homicide. If you or I had been in his shoes, we'd have gone to prison.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  2. JEZEBEL58

    I have been watching all the tributes for Mr.Kennedy and watched some of it on CNN last night is amazed at how much he has done for so many people.He came from a family of wealth and prestige and wanted everyone to share in the American dream,he was an advocate for all.I have always wondered though why he wasn't elected president but I guess the people never forgave his pas.Yes there were scandals but he more than made up for it by working tirelessly to help his fellow americans,it's not that he was trying to make up for his past.They said he was known as "the lion of the senate" and today he should go out as he lived with his family and close friends around him.Hurricane Danny is no match for him.God bless his family and may he rest in peace.

    August 29, 2009 at 7:46 am |
  3. Linda Wynn

    My heartfelt sorrow is with the Kennedy Family today. His love
    and kindness toward this Country is beyound Human understanding.

    He was a true servant of God , if more people would learn from his
    life, we would be a far better people, I didn't know him personally,
    but I wish I did.

    His character to me is like Winston Churchill , one man in history,
    that could only do all the great things he did for his Country. I will
    miss you, Mr. Ted Kenneday, thank you for living in my life time.

    August 29, 2009 at 6:33 am |
  4. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    Hello, Jim Acosta! I actually like to hear you give news on CNN! You're really one of the better reporters there. But about Ted Kennedy. CNN has been blitzing this man's death, just as with the Health Care debate and with the Michael Jackson death story before it, giving wall to wall coverage about something or someone most people I encounter daily find odious, corrupt, or privileged enough to get away with criminal activity without ever having to answer to any authority. CNN has this piece now bemoaning the poor Afghanistanis dilemma of the sorry state of their tourist industry. In a down-turn American economy, it’s really rather difficult for me to comprehend why, with a new president who campaigned against Mr. Bush’s illegal wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, how it can be relevent to Americans as to why we should know that the Afghanistanis are having troubles promoting tourism! These are very unpleasant people who use their opium drug ops to fund and promote leaders which whom we are in direct polarity: I think it’s very safe to say that Afghanistan will not have much of a tourism industry worth speaking about for quite a long time to come, and that’s guaranteed by Obama’s insistance that we continue to send more troops to the region, making August 2009 the most deadliest since the war was begun by Bush in 2001! It’s time to leave the warlords and either smoke the dope or destroy it, and let these people sink or swim! Why is always America’s business to bomb and then rebuild countries?! It says nothing about this business in the Constitution, and I’m certain that in a real court of International Law, all these wars (JUST LIKE VIETNAM), which make companies like KBR,Halliburton, Blackwater (now called Xe) rich with diverted American tax dollars, as illegal. April Stephenson as the director of the Defense Contacting Audit Agency spoke of these profound misuses of government monies, and the overbilling and overcharging by these companies, and a Republican Senator from Connecticutt blasted her because his butt’s on the line to make the charges stand. And all this occured while CNN was playing wall-to-wall media crap about Health Care which Americans will never get anyway, and so why do I need to worry or read about the Afghanistanis slumping tourism industry. We could solve real problems here at home if we had better leaders HERE, and not worrying about changing the leaders elsewhere! Our leaders are like Hillary and the late Ted Kennedy: Liars and scoundrels! Kennedy left a woman for dead, probably after drinking and driving–these Kennedy's had substance abuse issues for as long as I've been alive–Joe Kennedy ran illegal liquor ops during prohibition! I say good riddence to the scoundrel, Most people had they did what he did would still be in jail today, with no opportunity to "do good". Once a bum, always a bum!

    August 28, 2009 at 8:42 pm |