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good morning, america. we awake to breaking news, that senator edward kennedy, political giant, lion of the senate, has died. >> yes, we are all americans. this is what we do. we reach the moon. we scale the heights. i know it. i've seen it. i've lived it. >> the last brother of an american dynasty, slipping away in the night, surrounded by family. a 15-month fight against brain cancer comes to an end. we're live at the kennedy compound with the story of the last days, as america mourns a man who carried the country's
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passion and pain on his shoulders. >> the cause endures. the hope still lives. and the dream shall never die. >> a special edition of "good morning america," remembering >> a special edition of "good morning america," remembering senator ted kennedy. captions paid for by abc, inc. as we say a good, and sad morning to you. diane sawyer with chris cuomo, on this august 26th, 2009. robin is on assignment. we're joined by george stephanopoulos and dr. tim johnson and the abc news team. you're looking live at hyannisport, massachusetts, right now. and the home where senator kennedy died, looking out at the ocean he loved. >> the sun coming up. and this is where senator kennedy felt most alive. his lifetime spent battling. his last one, a year and three months. that's how long he fought brain canser. he died shortly before midnight. 77 years old.
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important to know the final moments of his life, he very much was intent on the cause of health care. something that was so central to his politics. >> whatever it took for him to be there, he was. the family released a poignant statement overnight saying, we've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and the joyous light in our lives. he always believed that our best days were still ahead. but it's hard to imagine any of them without him. let's turn, now, to chief washington correspondent, george stephanopoulos, who got word shortly after he died. >> that's right. as chris reported, the senator died shortly before midnight. his family paying their respects, really, for the last three days. three children. and his son, patrick, the congressman from rhode island. he said the time he got to spend with his father over the summer is really one of the blessings of his life. as chris said, they had hoped so much. they said the senator was fighting so hard to come back for health care. that wasn't to be this time around.
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and president obama, of course, wanted that, as well. president obama got the word around 2:00 a.m. last night, he was able to talk to vicki at 2:25. this was more than a political alliance. president obama and ted kennedy. ted kennedy took the president under his wing, when he first came to the senate as a rookie, a little more than four years ago. and made all the difference for president obama in that campaign. and he ended up dying just a year, almost to the moment, from when he gave that convention speech for president obama. >> one year ago, when he got out of that hospital bed to go to the convention to speak about the dream. >> in great pain. but he did it. >> he did it. president obama issued a statement, as you say. he said michelle and i are heartbroken. and called him the greatest united states senator of our time. >> since 1962, he had been in there, taking over for his brother john's seat. of course, such a huge figure. not just as a democrat. but just as a man with purpose. and let's get up to david muir.
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he's up there at the kennedy compound. and people from all reaches of life, are trying to send their respects to the senator this morning. david, what are you hearing? >> well, chris, diane, as the sun comes up here at the compound this morning, we know the family is huddled inside the compound, just down the street here in hyannisport. the family, the closest members, were summoned yesterday, and told that the father, uncle ted's health, was beginning to fail and fail quickly. as they said their good-byes, he was unable to communicate back to them. there had been concern in recent days, about the grandchildren, about whether or not they should see ted in this state, as his health began to fail. there were so many glimpses of his valiant battle over the summer months here in hyannisport. his love of sailing. ted kennedy on the golf cart. in recent weeks, the picture of him through the car window. an ailing ted kennedy. but a valiant and strong one. a year and a half after the
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diagnosis. today here on the compound, chris, as you mentioned, the condolences begin to pour in. governor arnold schwarzenegger, married to maria shriver, ted kennedy's niece, said this morning they mourned the loss of their uncle teddy. he was the rock. and so many people here at the compound believe that's the case. and something else we took note of. the first statements to come in from the political family. orrin hatch of utah, john mccain of arizona. mr. mccain saying this morning, we lost the lion. and one more note, diane and chris, patrick kennedy, his son, the congressman of rhode island, one gift that we were given, that our father survived much lo longer than anyone thought he would survive. we love him. we appreciate him. and we had him longer than we hoped. >> i want to return, if i can, david. we saw the senator going by on a golf cart. and i believe he was returning from a trip on his sloop. i believe it was the last time
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we really had a chance to see him. and, of course, that was just days ago, on august 7th, that we saw him in public, at length, for the last time. let's bring in dr. tim johnson now. the diagnosis, was malignant myiloma. >> the worst most severe brain cancer. it sounded like he died in a typical way, gradually, over a period of days. occasionally and then dies suddenly from a brain hemorrhage. the goal at the end, obviously, is to keep him comfortable. i'm sure they did that. >> he had surgery along the way. surgery to take some of the pressure off of the nerves that cause motor problems on the right side. how much did that affect his ability to continue to do what he wanted to do? >> well, it did not, apparently,
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affect his ability to speak. that was the great concern. the surgery is mostly to remove some of the bulk, so there's less to treat with traditional treatment. it's never thought as curative. but it's a way to make the following, the resulting treatment, more effective. >> he found out about this because he had a seizure. >> absolutely. the first seizure in an adult is always brain cancer until ruled out. usually isn't. but in his case, of course, it turned out to be. >> all right. i want to turn now and remember this giant life. this shakespearean life, of struggle. president bush, as we know, praised him, as he rose above personal, public tragedies. and also, in the end, became the family's rock and a champion of what it was to be a liberal in america. as he always said, looking for a
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just society. in the end, he returned to the sea, to hyannisport, where the sun was shining and the wind filled his sails. he was never braver than battling brain cancer. in the public. >> i feel fine. >> reporter: and in the senate, where he was the last lion. >> it is the glory and the greatness of our tradition, to speak for those who have no voice. >> reporter: it had begun as a turbulent life. scandals. triumphs. tragedies. the family shadows. ted kennedy, emerging out of it all. >> today, more than ever before, i believe that each of us, as individuals, must not only struggle to make a better world. but to make ourselves better, too. and in this life, those of us are never finished. >> reporter: he crafted landmark
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legislation, on civil rights, education, and health care. >> i will continue to stand up for the people who sent me to the senate, in the first place. >> reporter: and his passion was his life. before death, the health committee passed a health care measure, a lifetime goal. and years after his divorce, a new love story. >> we had a very old-fashioned kind of, slow-paced courtship. >> reporter: he found the woman his friends would call his soul mate. his wife of 17 years, victoria reggie. >> during our courtship, i realized i didn't want to live the rest of my life without vicki. >> reporter: life had begun as the youngest of nine children. the family prankster. free spirit. his mother's motto was, to whom much is given, much is expected. great expectations thrust on a kennedy son at a young age. his brother, jack, of course, selected president in 1960. bobby, appointed attorney general.
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in 1962, he appointed edward kennedy for the senator of massachusetts. >> i will introduce myself. i'm teddy kennedy's brother. >> reporter: 1963, he learned his brother, the president, had died. >> edward kennedy, the senator from massachusetts. >> reporter: and then, five years later. >> senator robert f. kennedy has been shot and wounded at his headquarters. >> my brother need not be idolized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. to be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it. saw suffering and tried to heal it. saw war and tried to stop it. >> reporter: his brother, john, had once told him, the last will be first. teddy, standing alone, patriarch of the kennedy clan, more father than uncle to them. >> i can't speak for those of my
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age, who have been inspired by teddy to give their energy and their ideas to their community. >> for me and my cousins, he has always been there when we needed him. >> reporter: he was a married senator with three children and personal demons. narrowly surviving a plane crash. >> the doctors estimate that i'll be out of the hospital around christmastime. >> reporter: the scandal at chappaquiddick. >> senator edward m. kennedy drove a car off a narrow bridge on martha's vineyard, massachusetts. >> reporter: he lost the presidency in 1980 and said he would not run again. >> for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die. >> reporter: and then, in one of his final public acts, he passed the torch to a candidate. he said was the standard bearer for his family. >> i have come here tonight to
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stand with you, to elect barack obama as president of the united states. the torch will be passed again to a new generation of americans. the hope rises again. and the dream lives on. >> the senator created such a moment at the convention. and now, as we see, we're looking at the capitol live. the flags, of course, at half-staff this morning. senator kennedy began his service in the senate, 1962. taking the seat of his brother, john. the third-longest serving senator. known, of course for his soaring words. but also for his actions. let's bring in bob shrum. bob shrum was press secretary for senator kennedy from 1980 to 1984. but a life-long friend. mr. shrum, i'm sad for the loss of your friend.
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but thank you for joining us this morning. >> thank you. he was quite an extraordinary person. you know, i just listen to that speech in denver. and i think of how hard he was worked to get there. how determined he was to do it. he was in the hospital all day that day. so, we cut the speech in half. i also had a 30-second version of it ready. to his reaction was, i'm not coming to the democratic convention to speak for 30 seconds. he came back the next day. and he said, let's go through the stuff you cut. he said, that was all the best stuff. and he laughed. he had an indomitable spirit that saw him through this illness. and made him, i think, probably the greatest senator of the last 100 years. >> you mention the laugh. i'm thinking about the trademarks, bob. the laugh. the sound of him coming down the hall. he had a kind of shuffle, as we know, which was the result of the back injury he suffered when he was in the plane crash. sometimes, the dogs with him, right? the portuguese water dogs.
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i'm wondering, when he walked into the room of a fierce opponent, and they sat down and listened to him, and he emerged with a consensus, what did he do in that room? >> i think he worked very hard for common ground. he tried to find a place where they could agree. and he was willing to make a compromise. if he couldn't get everything he wanted, he would get as much as he could to try to advance the goals. but, diane, if you look at the list, if you just went down the list from the minimum wage to voting rights, to sanctions against apartheid, children's health care, college loan, it goes on and on. he really accomplished more than many presidents do. >> i think we counted 2,500 pieces of legislation. >> and 300 became law. obviously, george stephanopoulos, my condolences, as well. just for a minute, take us inside the relationship senator kennedy had with president
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obama. i know they bounded from the moment senator obama came to the senate. then, there was the electrifying moment in early 2008, when he made that decision to give his endorsement to obama. what was that about? what was behind the relationship? why did he decide to take that big step? >> i know he decided to take it because he really believed it was time for generational change. he believed that barack obama represented the same kind of hope and inspiration and the possibility of changing the country, that his brothers had. i think he had a profound effect with that endorsement. it was probably critical to president obama winning the nomination. and all you had to do was watch him on that inaugural platform last january 20th, smiling and waving before he had the seizure when he went back inside, you knew how proud he was to have been part of that whole thing. and to bend history in that way again. >> that's so right. i remember seeing senator
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kennedy in the park by his home. he was out walking. about a week after he had gone out and started his campaigning across the east coast for then senator obama. he was as happy as i had seen him in ten years. >> well, he was always fabulous on the campaign trail. you know, and the happiness, the sense of joy, carried over through this last year, which was a blessing for him and for his family. in february, i remember sailing with him. it was february or march down in florida. and i -- george, as you know, i'm not a very good athlete. so -- i'm trying to get on the boat from a dinghy. and i do what you're never supposed to do. i put one foot on the boat and one on the dinghy. and i managed to get in the boat. he said, you can't do that. you go straight into the water if you do that. we spent the next 24 hours laughing and telling stories about the shrum stretch.
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and why i had been made a permanent passenger over 30 years ago, when we went sailing. >> bob, i'm curious if you talked with him about his cancer. about its implications. and what was the last time you spoke with him? >> we never talked about the cancer. he knew it. i knew it. he and vicki called me on health care. that was about a month ago. >> tell us about the piece. it seemed like the senator really did want to weigh in on the health care debate one more time, even though he couldn't speak to his colleagues and to the country as he hoped he could have. >> he would weigh in on the phone. and he did. and chris dodd could come by and see him. john kerry was coming by and seeing him. and this was a way to set out the whole case and to deal with the distortions that were out there. some of the arguments that were out there. it was the cause of his life. and he fought it all the way to
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the end of his life. some people say his absence in the senate has prevented it from happening yet. maybe his absence will cast a long shadow and actually make it happen. >> mr. shrum, thank you so much for talking about your friend, the senator this morning. he used to say a life about all about passion and purpose in your life. our condolences to you. >> thank you. we'll be talking about the senator all morning long. so many different facets in his life. we want to keep you up-to-date with the weather around the world. or at least the country. let's bring in sam champion. sam? >> we're going to talk about this area of disturbed weather off the east coast. it dus appear to become a player by the time we get to the end of the weekend. in the circle of suspicion there, you'll watch the clouds gather up. from florida to the coast of maine. but particularly, the carolinas should be watching this develop. could become tropical storm danny before we're done with the day. then, the storms that are
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rolling through chicago. will dump some heavy rain. we think it's two inches of rain. in northern missouri, southern iowa. gusty hail and flooding there. goes all the way to pueblo, colorado. another day of strong and serious heat through texas to more weather in the next half hour. we'll talk about this heat that starts roaring up from the southwest into the northwest today. diane? chris? we'll be back with a lot
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more about senator kennedy, his legacy, his life, his family. we leave you in this half hour, with his own words. >> my brother need not be idolized, or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. to be remembered simply as a good and decent man. who saw wrong and tried to right it. saw suffering and tried to heal it. saw war and tried to stop it.
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good morning. 7:24. clear and warm. 72 easton to 78 in ocean city.
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we're 69 and low to mid-60s back towards our north and west. we're virtually clear. two things to look for, number one, this frontal boundary to the northwest is going to aid and assist in adding the heat and humidity ahead of it. may throw clouds our way but this rain will probably stop north and west of the area as we head through this afternoon. this boundary here, that's the old one left behind bill. we're watching a new storm that could be danny and chug up the coast by the weekend. for today, dry, mostly sunny and hot with a high of 90. let's check the roads with kim. >> thank you. traffic is moving along nicely here on southbound 95 as you approach whitemarsh boulevard headed towards the beltway and towards the tunnels. no real problems to let you know about. however, if you're traveling downtown, keep in mind that utility work has eutaw street closed in several places, eutaw between saratoga and baltimore closed, gas main break and mulberry, a manhole cover
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explosion from yesterday. tire tread past the liberty road exit and crash in cockeysville, shawan road and york road. jfx at 41st street, traffic looks good in both directions. we'll be right back.
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massachusetts senator ted kennedy has passed away. the family announced his death just before midnight. the family says though they lost teddy the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live on in their hearts forever. condolences are pouring in, including from right here in baltimore. >> he was a really good speaker for the health care. and that's his legacy. that's what he worked for all his life. when he was in senate for what, 40 some years? >> senator kennedy was 77 years old. we'll continue our coverage with "good morning america" in
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a few minutes. three young men from baltimore county charged with gang raping three women. police say on july 27th two women accepted a ride from two men from north calvert and west fayette in downtown baltimore. police arrested two 19-year-olds and 20-year-old in the case. to exclusive video from northwest baltimore. we had a case of bumper cars for a city cop and driver on wabash and northern parkway. sources tell us the female officer was sitting in a light at wabash and the car behind her hit her and the officer had to go to shock trauma to get looked over. the driver remained on the scene for a little bit of questioning. here's what we have coming up this morning on "good morning maryland" at 9:00 -- we continue to try and get you back to work. it's back to work wednesday. we show you the best old-fashioned networking techniques, how to best budget your time while out there looking for a job. as students head back to school we're going to make sure they are on the bus and being safe.
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what parents should expect when putting their children on the bus and why all drivers need to be very careful out there on the roads. we'll continue to check out the latest in lunch boxes and thermoses. that will do it for us for now. now to more on the passing of senator ted kennedy at the age of 77 with dwiewm -- "good morning america" at 7:30.
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but we have never lost our belief that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. and i pledge to you, i pledge to you, that i will be there next january, on the floor of the united states senate, when we begin. >> senator edward kennedy at the 2008 democratic national convention. it was nearly a year to the moment before his death. last night, just before midnight, at 77 years old. good morning, america, once again. diane sawyer, with chris cuomo.
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george stephanopoulos, dr. tim johnson this morning. and the abc news team. you're looking live, once again, at hyannisport. >> this is the scene there right now. of course, this is the site of the famous kennedy compound. a selection of three homes. that's really much more about the family and coming together. and certainly, that's going on this morning. the capitol, the flags at half-mast this morning. all about the news we learned last night. george, you were one of the first to hear about the senator's last moments. >> he passed shortly before midnight, as you said, after a steady stream of family and friends had been visiting with him over these last, final days. president obama got the word around 2:00 a.m. last night. was able to speak to the senator's widow, vicki, around 2:25. he'll be speaking this morning at 8:30 eastern time, speaking to the country, about his friend, his colleague. the man, in many ways, helped get him to the white house, ted kennedy. >> i'm remembering some of the e-mails that vicki -- victoria
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reggie kennedy sent out to everyone after the diagnosis. and also, the notes that she was writing. she would always say, if you made him laugh, that was the gold star. we laughed and laughed at what you said. and that smile, that trademark smile, through his entire 15-month battle with brain cancer. >> you always knew when ted kennedy was coming down the hallways of the senate. he always proceeded himself. >> you could hear the sound of that voice from -- well, corridors away anyway. let's go to our senior congressional correspondent, john karl, on capitol hill. jon? >> reporter: diane this, is a colossal blow to the cause of ted kennedy's life. that's to get this health care bill passed. he had been involved in this, right up to his last weeks, calling his friend, chris dodd, who had taken over his responsibilities on the health committee. but ted kennedy's absence from capitol hill the last couple of months was one of the reasons
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why health care reform was in trouble. now, you'll hear an effort from democrats in doing this in kennedy's memory. turning the health care bill, into the ted kennedy memorial bill. trying to use that as a rallying effort. he was the senator positioned better than any to get it done. also, there's one other practical consideration here. now, there's only 59 u.s. senators. as you know, that law in massachusetts means that it will be five months before there's a special election to get a replacement for ted kennedy here in the senate. that's something kennedy himself was trying to change, just in the last couple of weeks. but right now, that remains the law in massachusetts. and for now, unless that changes, it will be five weeks before there's another senator in massachusetts to fill those mightily big shoes. >> that's right. he asked for that to be changed. but not clear at this point whether anything can be done. i want to go back, as you mentioned, jon, because health care was his life long passion. in 1962, it was a centerpiece
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for his announcement speech. and i want to play for everyone, listen to this, jon, if you will, and dr. tim johnson who met over the years with senator kennedy via health care. this was memphis, 1978. and he is talking about what is right at the center of his heart. >> i had a father that was touched by stroke and sick for seven years. we were able to get the very best in terms of health care because we were able to afford it. it would have bankrupted any average family in this nation. any average family that is represented in this hall this afternoon. and the millions of people in a you represent all over this nation of ours. i had a son that was touched by cancer. extraordinary health bills, that we were able to afford. and we received the very best. it would have obliterated and wiped out the savings of any family. mortgage their saves. and mortgage the education of
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their children into the future. seven months in the hospital, i was, with a broken back. and received the very best of health care. i have been able to receive it for myself and for my family. just like all of us, who are on the tip of the iceberg. way up high in the health care services. we've got the very best, all of us at the tip of the iceberg. but i want every delegate at this convention to understand, that as long as i have a vote, and as long as i have a voice in the united states senate, it's going to be for that democratic platform plan that provides decent, quality health care. knot, south, east and west, for all americans. >> a matter of right, and not a privilege. another signature moment for the senator. you can go to we have a list of videos there. moments of the senator. but nothing meant as much as health care to him. dr. tim, it's an important thing
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because right now, the idea of it as a right, you know, that the senator was always pushing. that health care is a right. that's a real battleground right now. >> it is. and he was always committed to coverage for all. he was a single-payer person. he'd like to speak of medicare for all. but when he was one of the key architects in the massachusetts state plan, he compromised. it's not a single payer plan. it's a national exchange plan. he never compromised, behind doors and when necessary, he could compromise, as long as it was pushing toward the goal of coverage for everybody. >> he learned over the years that you have to get some type of progress. you can't go for everything all at once. but interestingly, you believe, in the future, of senator kennedy's dream of medicare for all, will be realized. >> my guess, my prediction, is out of sheer necessity someday, 20, 15, 10 years from now,
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health care costs will be so all of control, we'll go to, in essence, a medicare for all plan. i may not be around to see it. but you can check. we want to turn to presidential historian, editor of "newsweek," john meachum. thanks for joining us, john. 300 bills became law. every time we'd walk in a school or an office building, he's there. >> he was one of the great finishers of the new deal, in many ways, which is interesting, given his family's story. and his father's complicated relationship with franklin roosevelt. and his other brothers' attempt with the new frontier, to press a social progressivism, while maintaining a hard-headedness. and the essence of kennedy's legtsive record, is in fact, he understand, that life in the arena meant compromise. it didn't mean you gave in. but it did mean that, as he often said, work is unfinished.
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and in his own life, he talked about in his own personal journey, that work was never finished. >> yes. he said to us at one point, that his life in some ways should be seen as a struggle of light and dark. and in the end, light won. >> it did win. it is shakespearean, as you said earlier. this is a man who i think should be seen as a story of redemption. it makes it more interesting. i think it's more accurate, ultimately. >> redemption earned over -- 40 years. >> two decades. >> 40 years ago was chappaquiddick, this summer. and that is a monumental event in his life. and i think you can see the last 40 years as an effort to let the better angels of his nature, in lincoln's phrase, win out. and i think ultimately they did. >> we're going to talk a little more about the role in the family early on. but he was cast in a way, in the early years, as the rebel, the
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care-free son. >> he was the last brother. he was the youngest. imagine having joseph kennedy, a war hero, john kennedy, a president, shot down. robert kennedy, shot down, a martyr's death. it was unlikely, in many ways, that he would become the bearer of the torch. but he did bear it. and i think with a kind of -- ultimately, a kind of grace. but again, we have to see it as a journey, that is, as churchill said, both triumph and tragic. >> and what did you see as his principal power in the senate? >> interestingly, he seemed to be this liberal caricature. you know, i grew up in the south. and the worst thing you could say about someone in the reagan years was they were a tip o'neill/ted kennedy democrat. that was terrible. but he was able, when he was in that cloak room, and in the corridors of capitol hill, to be
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a real collegial lawmaker. i think you saw that with the first president bush's statement. and you see a lot, i think, of -- you will see, ultimately, an enormous bipartisan tribute to him because he believed in, as we've talked about, getting things done. and i think that's very much part of the kennedy legend. and the kennedy way of being. if you're in the arena, you're there to do something. >> yes. and we heard senator john mccain say to george stephanopoulos on sunday, that he was the indispensable man. he had become the indispensable senator. so good to see you. thank you, jon. we're going to turn, again, to the weather now. we have so much more on the senator's family, including the kennedy family and the road ahead. sam? >> diane, chris. we're going to look a little bit at what will steer, what we believe is a developing tropical system on the eastern seaboard. later today, we'll see danny start to form here. and we'll watch it track to an area of high pressure and a strong jetstream along the
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coast. almost do a bill. but a little closer to the coastline is our thought here. we're telling everyone in the carolinas and points north, to watch. close to the carolinas and outer banks close to friday. off the shore of new york. also into boston and maine, by the time we get into the weekend, saturday and sunday. in some kind of form, clouds, wind and rain, part of that system. and the heat that continues to roar in the southwest, will develop and push into the northwest. even the coastal areas will get warm. by spokane, 95 on friday. phoenix with heat advisories. for 111 on friday. and l.a., very dry conditions just outside the l.a. area, right for some red flag warnings and high fire danger there. back into texas, and the heat. houston at
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and all of that weather was brought to you by carnation instant breakfast, diane. >> thanks, sam. and when we come back, cokie roberts is going to join us. he knew the family well. >> she did. and senator kennedy worked alongside ten presidents. but his relationship with barack obama was something special. we're going to talk about that, right after the break. (announcer) taking a family of four to an ice cream shop
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it is time, now, for barack obama. >> there is senator ted kennedy. of course, his most recent stardom, endorsing barack obama for president. such a huge moment at the convention. >> pivotal. and we want to bring in cokie roberts, our abc news political analyst. i want to start with family first, cokie. i know you have seen the families through the past months. give us a sense of what it was to be at the center of this last rock of the family faltering. >> i think it must have just been incredibly difficult for everybody because ted kennedy became the father to this whole family. a role that was certainly not expected for him to take on, as the youngest of nine children. but he did. and, you know, rose and joseph kennedy ended up with 69
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great-grandchildren. so, that is -- those are all the children whose lives he affected so mightily. and i think, you know, not only having to be such a rock and a patriarch, as his family's statement said about him, but also going through so much tragedy, diane. losing his nephews, two of bobby's sons. and of course, john jr., such a tragic loss. at the same time, that he was, you know, having to sort of be there, as the guy walking the women down the aisle for the weddings and being there at the baptisms of the babies. >> watching him at memorial, after memorial, how he did it. >> that's the question, cokie. how the adversity shaped him as a man, and as a leader. >> i think tremendously. both in terms of the tragedies of the family.
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and as you alluded to earlier, his own demons. and i think in the last years, since he married vicki reggie, and settled down, he has really dedicated himself to the causes of his legislation that we've talked so much about. but also to the family. >> well, we thank you, cokie. i know you will be standing by. we'll come back to you in our next hour. a program note before we take a break. charlie gibson and i will be presenting a one-hour, abc news primetime special remembering ted kennedy, tonight at 10:00, 9:00 central. as i said, we will take a break. senator edward kennedy has died at the age of 77. in ancient china, soy was such an important food... that the emperor declared it sacred. in japan, buddhist monks believed eating soy... was healthier for the body and spirit. for thousands of years, cultures around the world...
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"good morning america." we awake to breaking news, that senator edward kennedy, political giant, lion of the senate, has died. >> yes, we are all americans. this is what we do. we reach the moon. we scale the heights. i know it. i've seen it. i've lived it. >> the last brother of an american dynasty, slipping away in the night, surrounded by family. a 15-month fight against brain cancer comes to an end. we are live at the kennedy compound, with the stories of the last days, as america mourns a man who carried america's passion and pain on his
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shoulders. >> the cause endures. the hope still lives. and the dreams shall never die. >> a special edition of "good morning america," remembering senator ted kennedy. good morning, everybody. chris cuomo, here with diane sawyer, and sam champion is here, with george stephanopoulos, dr. tim johnson. robin's on assignment this morning. we look at the capitol. flags, of course, at half-mast, as we try to take in what it means to no longer have senator kennedy with us. of course, this is a special edition of "good morning america." we're going to celebrate the life and legacy of the third-longest serving senator. >> that's right. and some say the greatest legislature of our generation. want to take a look again at the hyannisport compound, the kennedy compound. where we were saying, a symbol
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and ground zero of their happiness and their pain. weddings take place there. kristenings. and we've been watching the cars arriving this morning. the extended family. some 23 nieces and nephews in addition to his 3 children, will be assembling there today to remember him. metaphorically and actually, it is the house his father built. joe kennedy jr. bought this property in 1926. and his family still regards it as their central home. we're going to have live coverage from the scene. and also from capitol hill, where senator kennedy worked so tirelessly for half a century. >> and he ended up occupying his father and mother's house. and he really shouldered the burden of being the center of this family. and, of course, carried forward the dream of his brothers, in service. and his final battle, of course,
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lasted a year and three months. and that was against brain cancer. and people knew right from the initial prognosis, the road was going to be very difficult. and these final days wound up being something that the family had to deal with a little sooner than expected. george, you heard as soon as anybody, about the senator's passing. >> before we had hoped, senator kennedy hoped, that he was going to be able to fight on long enough to see health care passed. to see his memoir, which was due to come out in october. the story of his life, in his words, out to the country. it wasn't meant to be. he passed shortly before midnight, after meeting with a stream of family in the final days and hours. president obama got the word around 2:00 a.m. last night. and he was able to speak to victoria reggie, the senator's wife, 17 years now, around 2:25. and the president will be speaking shortly, probably in the next half hour. >> we're looking at this picture
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in the golf cart. we believe it to be the last time we saw him at great length. there was one moment he rolled down a window in a car. but this is the last scene at great length, in front of the cameras. it was august 7th, he appeared. and he went by briefly, in a car again. not waving at that moment. not flashing the famous kennedy smile. let's go to abc's david muir outside the compound in hyannisport. david? >> reporter: diane, so many of the glimpse of ted kennedy, took place here at hyannisport this summer. the two homes are part of the kennedy compound. the house that joe built, as you mentioned, diane. to the right, the scene that really captured our attention this morning. the sailboats out in the water. that's really how ted kennedy spent his final months here. the final trip sailing, he was wheeled out in a wheelchair. it wasn't a sailboat.
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but they got him out for one final journey on the water. his health began to deteriorate. very quickly, they gathered around him. and he wasn't able to communicate back in tend. but they gather there was something about the grandchildren being exposed to ted kennedy, as he was doing so poorly in the end. but they were all here huddled around him. they remain this morning. what's striking is the condolences come in, the sympathy, how deeply respected he was across the aisle. orrin hatch, john mccain, the first to extend their notes of sympathy to the kennedy family this morning. and just moments ago, president bush sr., h.w. bush, sends a note. barbara and i were deeply saddened to learn that ted kennedy lost his battle with cancer. calling him a seminal senator. he acknowledged they didn't always see eye-to-eye. but there was consider respect, across the aisle for this liberal lion. >> okay, david.
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so central in the life and political career of president barack obama. we turn to david axelrod, senior adviser to president obama. david, we know, no matter how much you anticipate the death, the landscape changes when you get the news. >> there's no question about it. we've known about this for some time. the president and senator kennedy has grown quite close. first, in the senate. then, throughout the campaign. he had spoken to him periodically over the last several months. still getting his wisdom. still getting his counsel. he'll be greatly, greatly missed. >> perhaps the president would go to visit him, when the president's on vacation nearby, at martha's vineyard. but you must have known for some time, it was going to be too late. >> well, the president and the staff have been in close touch with mrs. kennedy and the family.
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so, yes. there was an awareness that events were moving quickly. >> david, it's chris. any sense of instructions from the senator, for what should happen, if he weren't there to take on the fight? anything he wanted the president to make sure to press on? >> well, i mean, i think his basic instruction was to keep pushing forward. this is something he's been working for for decades and decades. and i think he believes and we believe that there's forward momentum here. we made great progress. we have to take that last step, those last yards and get something done. his committee was very instrumental, by passing a bill on -- a health care bill out in june. and so, you know, and he was involved in those. the president spoke with him shortly after the committee acted. so, he was very -- he was, to the end, very much interested and very much committed to seeing this become a reality.
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>> david, that pivotal moment when senator kennedy endorsed senator obama, back in january of 2008. did you always know he would do it? did you really think that he would do it in the face of his relationship with the clintons? >> well, we hoped he would do it. but we did not know he would do it. that happened on a monday. we didn't know until the previous week. and i have to say, diane, that was, in my mind, the pivotal weekend in the entire primary campaign. we won the south carolina primary on a saturday, by a very large margin. very tough primary. caroline kennedy wrote a poignant and beautiful endorsement on that sunday, in "the new york times." then, senator kennedy endorsed him monday at this buoyant and history infused event in washington. and i think more than anything,
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that sequence of events transformed our campaign. and then, he became this joyous presence on the campaign trail. he would travel with us for a few days. i was lucky enough to be along on that trip. and it was an incredible experience to see the passion and the joy and the enthusiasm that he brought to it. and, you know, he, very quickly, became a beloved figure around the campaign because of that and because of the way he treated people. and just a good-hearted person, and a great, passionate spokesman for us. >> that kennedy exuberance. thank you so much, david axelrod. a political alliance, turned to personal friendship. of course, we have tim johnson here. it does raise the question, without senator kennedy there, who will take up this mantle of fairness and the right of health care? a very big fight ahead. >> well, i imagine, his memory
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will be constantly interjected into the debate. and in that sense, he will be a part of it. he was advocating from his earliest years of politics, coverage for all. the right of all americans to have health care. that voice will be lost in actuality. but i don't think in spirit. we'll hear his name constantly, is my guess. >> and a quick question about the brain cancer. >> yes. >> we know 15 months. he made it 15 months. is that average? >> that's about average. unfortunately, he had the worst possible kind of brain cancer. grade 4. he say survival is somewhere between a year and two. surgery, the best possible treatment. it was a fierce enemy. and like all people, almost all people, of that disease, he lost in the end. >> all right, tim. thanks to you, as well. we do have other headlines this morning. kate snow has those. >> we begin in afghanistan. the series of deadly bombings in
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kandahar. at least 43 people were killed. dozens wounded. the blast happened just after dusk, when residents were breaking their daily fast in the month of ramadan. the taliban denies responsibility. new estimates show the federal budget will be in the red for years to come. and the white house says expect the ten-year number to hit $9 trillion. grim predictions about the spread of the h1n1 virus. is so-called swine flu, has the government urging vaccinemakers to speed up delivery, even if testing is not complete. health officials say they would like the vaccines ready to go by september 15th. that's one month earlier than originally planned. finally, call it cash for clunkers for your kitchen, sort of. the government is launching a new $300 million rebate program for home appliances now. state lawmakers are writing their own rules for the program,
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which is expected to begin in late october. unlike the car program, you don't have to trade anything in. just buy something more energy-efficient. that's the news at 8:11. it's on to the weather and sam champion. sam? >> good morning, kate. we're going to talk about this area of disturbed weather. it's tropical in nature, just about 400 miles north of dominican republic and haiti. this is the area we're talking about right here. as we watch it hour by hour, seeing better circulation, we believe that even possibly later today, this could become tropical storm danny. here's the general path we think it would take. curving like this former hurricane, bill. a little closer to the shoreline. off the east coast, but a little closer to the shoreline. probably around north carolina, by friday. offshore there. and even off the coast of new york and probably boston by the time we get into saturday and sunday. every interest on the east coast should be watching this storm, for further development. we feel like it will as we go through the day today. big heat in the northeast.
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are right now, northern iowa all the way into northern illinois. chris? >> all right, sam. when we come back after the break, senator kennedy says hi life was about purpose and passion. his life and his heart, belonged to that woman, victoria reggie. their 17-year marriage, a true romance. we'll tell you about it when we come back. this is a typical snack bar. but kellogg saw an opportunity to plus things up. we took out their peanuts... because adding almonds would be a plus. we'd be better off with less sugar. we traded milk chocolate... for the delicious taste of dark chocolate. also a plus. then we added 35% of your daily fiber... plus antioxidants, vitamin e, and zinc. ♪ fiberplus bars from kellogg. fiberplus so much more.
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pass for all the world. as he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him, some men see things as they are and say why? i dream things that never were and say why not? >> words that will live on in history. ted kennedy, eulogizing his brother, robert. forced to eulogize too many in his family. now, many will probably remember him in the same way, in the same words, as he did for his brother, robert, as a man who tried to fight for the right things in life. >> one more moment of heartbreak in his often turbulent life. but we wanted to tell you about someone who seemed to bring an amount of serenity. his wife, victoria reggie. she came into his life, kind of
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former louisiana city judge, edmond reggie. in 1991, she was a single mother, young children, who shyly said she and ted kennedy had found a friendship changing. >> we had a very old-fashioned kind of slow-paced courtship. he'd come over for dinner. and kind of hang out. and he'd help the children with their home work. it was a gradual deepening of a family friendship, into something a lot more. >> during our courtship, i realized i didn't want to live my life without vicki. >> reporter: victoria, his friend, soul mate, oasis. they stood together until the end. showing how it's done when love and valor must be one.s eneratis of the world's most revered luxury sedan. this is a history of over 50,000 crash-tested cars... this is the world record for longevity and endurance. and one of the most technologically advanced
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we have unearthed some home movies from the kennedy family. that is little teddy kennedy, right there. a boy back in the late 1930s, the youngest of nine children. considered the most mischievous, the most care-free. always trying to cheer up other members of his family when he could. we're back and saying good morning, america, again. diane sawyer with chris cuomo and sam champion. robin is on assignment. and we should point out that with the death of eunis shriver
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a few weeks ago, there's one kennedy remaining. >> jean smith. he served as ambassador to ireland in the clinton administration. the whole family is about service. this is, of course, hyannisport. this is where the kennedys gather. they have homes and spirit here. in times of great pleasure and great pain. >> as we watch this morning, we should say, we have seen douglas kennedy arrive. he's the youngest son of robert and ethel kennedy. and 1 of some 23 nieces and nephews. >> despite the numbers, as impressive as they are, a group of tight-knit individuals. they revel in each other's lives. they will be coming together all day long, to celebrate and remember their uncle. >> and john berman is standing by at the kennedy library in boston. john? >> reporter: diane this, presidential library is in the dor chester section of boston, which, for generations has been home to irish immigrants coming into this city.
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and for more than 100 years, the ancestors, the fore fathers of ted kennedy have been integral to the politics of this state. his grandfather, john fitzgerald, was the mayor of boston. and his brother serving in the house senate, ultimately the presidency. and ted kennedy, more than 46 years as the u.s. senator here. now, there are questions about what happens to ted kennedy's seat. the law says there needs to be a special election, no sooner than 145 days. the law says we must wait at least 145 days for a special election to fill the senate seat. but just last week, we saw a letter that ted kennedy wrote to the governor, asking the governor to change that law. to allow for gubernatorial appointment, until that special election. we don't know if that will pass. the state legislature, we don't know, if it will support it. perhaps in the wake of ted kennedy's death, the sympathy
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will help push that through. we're not sure yet. as for potential candidates, some of the potentials are well known names. his nephew, joseph kennedy. he says he's not interested. and then, of course, ted kennedy's wife. victoria reggie. she is much younger, 45 years old. she is sending signals she is not interested. democratic insiders in massachusetts say they will watch that carefully over the coming weeks and months. they say it will be hard to run against. diane? >> thanks to you, john. as we said, he was the youngest of the family. ted kennedy was also the youngest of the four brothers who all were leaders. >> just think of the pain he suffered. all of them were gone by the time senator edward kennedy was 36 years old. at that age, teddy had to become the patriarch of the family.
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more clan than family. in that capacity, he carried on the purpose of being a kennedy. and teaching it to a new generation. a rich, family legacy. for a look at that, we have our senior correspondent, claire shipman. >> reporter: they're the closest thing we have in this country to royalty. the clan's iconic images engraved on our national consciousness. baby-boomers grew up watching them play football, sail off hyannisport, walk down the aisle, swabbed in glamour. while jack, jackie, bobby and ted were household names -- >> as i look ahead, i am strengthened by family and friendship. >> reporter: there's a new generation of kennedys, determined to make a mark. to carry on the legacy their uncle teddy leaves behind. to one given much, much is expected. >> i need to learn how to take
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these things and give back. >> reporter: may townsend, says she and her siblings were raised on that notion. >> i don't think we've had doctors in the family so far, have we? >> just one. but we haven't had a woman doctor. >> reporter: you can see the kennedy drive is still alive and well. and not just among the women. meet kerri's twin cousins, joe and matt kennedy. >> it's an incredible family to be a part of. >> the real legacy from our family, is public service can take on a variety of different forms. it's something we're excited to pick up and run with. >> reporter: which kennedy might be the next to run for public office? to follow in their uncle teddy's considerable footsteps? >> it's obviously a question that comes up a bunch.
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you know, i just kind of -- i think we both take it as kind of an honor because it's a testament to the legacy that our family has. >> we have never lost our belief, that we are all called to a better country and a newer world. >> reporter: for years, it's been a tradition. for this generation of kennedys, to go sailing with their uncle teddy on the cape. and while he'll be sorely missed, his legacy will live on in one more beloved family pastime, pasted from his generation to this one. are there big, gigantic get togethers like that? is there still football? >> there's lots of games. it's very competitive. you end up with bruises and scars. >> and really funny stories. >> many scratches, and bruises. it is a big part of enjoying the kennedy experience for them. and it's a rich, rich legacy for them to have. let's go to sam champion, now, and one more look at the
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weather. >> diane, chris, we will again start talking about this area. it's really a pattern of disturbed weather. about 400 miles, a bit north of that, north of haiti and the dominican republic. we're marking it with this low pressure. we've sound better circulation. it will go from tropical disturbance to tropical storm. what steers a storm like this? there's a large area of high pressure in the atlantic. it has to skirt around that. and a strong jet stream along the eastern seaboard. the reason we're looking at places like the carolinas, sticking on the edge here, and new jersey, long island, even massachusetts, toward boston and the cape there, is that all of this is going to be very close. we probably believe it's going to stay offshore. it is worth watching. every interest on the eastern seaboard, to see what happens with this storm. how strong it develops, how close it will past, on friday, saturday and sunday on the east coast. and a big, developing heat wave continues in the southwest. now, it pushes in the northwest. coastal areas will pick up
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temperatures, as well. like spokane, thursday at 92, friday, at 95. l.a., thursday at 96. 95 on friday. there's red-flag advisories just outside of l.a. it's been so dry and very warm there. this kind of heat will exacerbate that situation. and we have heat going on that full look at the nation's weather was brought to you by mastercard. chris? >> thank you, sam. when we come back, a little bit of a tone change. we have with us, a movie star and new american citizen, mr. liam neeson, is with us live. congratulations, liam. explain.
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we're joined, now, by actor liam neeson. his new movie is "five minutes of heaven." and it is a drama based on a question of truth and reconciliation possible? true story of a man who is haunted by a murder he committed as a teenager in northern ireland. and this actor brings to us another unbelievably searching and moving role. it's good to have you with us this morning.
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>> thanks, diane. >> you were telling me, you met senator kennedy. you visited the kennedy home once growing up. >> i did. i have a very clear memory as a 10-year-old boy. i'd been taken to the ancestral kennedy homestead in ireland. and posing for the photograph, underneath the gable of their ancestral with the american flag and the irish flag up there on the gable. very, very clear memory. have i met him? a couple of times over the years. and he wrote my family, a very, very beautiful, touching condolence letter when natasha died earlier this year. he was a special man. it's the end of an era, i'm sure. you've already said that already this morning. but it is the end of an era. >> and the kennedy family worked, as champions to try to end violence in northern ireland. >> yeah. very influential. >> and this movie is so much
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about what do you do to stop the rage that tears the world apart? >> yes. and just that one act of violence can absolutely demolish a family. and that's kind of what the film's about, too. and how do you climb out of that? how do you try to start to heal the human heart after an act of violence? >> we should show everyone a clip and tell them that, as a young man, you committed the act of violence, witnessed by the brother of the man you killed. >> right. >> and one of the things you're searching for is, well, a public understanding of how you used that violence. and also, the fact that it becomes heavier and heavier in the life of the person. >> sure. my character, allister little, is still alive, and he travels
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to the troubled spots in the world, counseling on violence. perpetrators of violence, and victims of violence. he's been doing this for a number of years. and, yet, there's a -- there's something lost in him that because of what he did as a 16-year-old, that he -- he needs redeemed in some way. >> and a television interview seems so inadequate to what he feels. take a listen. >> when i got home, my mother and father were watching tv. and it came on the news that the man i shot was dead. i was so excited. i couldn't wait to get my congratulations. sonny was going to come knocking on my door. he was going to lead me out on to the street. and proudly parade me into the
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bar. and sand me up. and i would tell anybody who listened, to stop boys like me from thinking that shooting an innocent and a decent man in the head is a good thing. >> as you say at one point, stop them from joining the group. where are the voices stopping them? >> i know. i know. and that's -- i mean, my character does say it. any fanatical group, you know, the members of the tribe should be stepping in there. you know? for these kids get lost. >> just as, for you as an actor, i'm always surprised when you don't want to meet the real allister until you've shot the film. why? >> it was a time issue, diane, to be honest. i had literally three weeks to shoot this. and i didn't want to be reminded of how unlike -- physically
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unlike allister i actually am. but i did meet him on my last day. and we had a good conversation. and i thanked him for sharing this horrendous part of his life, which he did. he worked with the writer for a period of three years. and i think it was quite cathartic for him and griffin, the brother of the guy he killed. but, no. i was glad i met him. but i'm equally glad i didn't meet him before i started shooting. i didn't want to confuse myself. >> well, i want to say to everyone, it is an extraordinary movie. and no matter what you think you know about the possible ways it could end, i'll bet you don't know. and i'll bet you don't know what you're going to learn along the way. which i assume is why it was so close to your heart. >> yeah.
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i've been offered a lot of scripts written in northern island because that's where i'm from, over the years. i mean, many. and i've tried to kind of avoid it. but this one just got into my heart in some way. it was true. it was novel. and it said something. and so, it was a no-brainer, in regards of deciding to do it. you know? >> and i do know that, on this morning and every morning, all the people who wrote and cared so much about you, in this past year, just wonder how you and the boys are doing. >> we're doing good, diane. to be honest, we're taking each day as it comes. i'm still getting extraordinarily condolence letters from american people, that's deeply, deeply touching. and that's partly the reason why i've recently become an american citizen. i've been living here for 20
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years. and america's been very, very good to me. i'm still a proud irishman, of course. but i've become an american citizen. i'm very proud of that. >> welcome. >> thank you. >> welcome aboard. irish and american. and again, "five minutes of heaven." so much in the spirit of senator edward kennedy and the kennedy family's life. >> yeah. >> thank you, again. it's open in limited release already. what i didn't expect... was the fun. the all-new subaru legacy. feel the love.
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>> throughout the morning, we've been remembering senator ted kennedy. you can go to for a library of footage and moments of him. and we want, now, to take another look at the life of a lion. a lion that roared for liberalism and for purpose and politics. perhaps the likes of which will not be seen again. senator edward kennedy, dead this morning at 77 years of age. ♪ >> at the end of our journey, and always before us, shines that ideal of liberty and justice for all. and may it be said of us, both in dark passages, and in bright days, in the words of tennison that my brothers quoted and loved, and that have special
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meaning for me now. i am a part of all that i have met. too much is taken. much abides. that which we are, we are. one equal temper of heroic hearts. strong and willed to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. for all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on. the cause endures. the hope still lives. and the dream shall never die. --watch in another.
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and as we leave you, want you to know, every day at lunch, president obama looks up at a painting on the wall. it's awful the dining room in the oval office. it was painted by senator edward kennedy. and it's signed, "i love your
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audacity." >> there's also excerpts of the speech he made for the senator there. >> handwritten around the painting. want to remind you that charlie gibson and i will present an abc news special tonight, "remembering ted kennedy." news special tonight, "remembering ted kennedy." hope you have a good day. captions by vitac
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8:56. we're rolling through what will turn out to be the hottest day of the week. full sunshine in baltimore and maybe high clouds over the next couple hours. we're 73, feeling like 77, across the board pushing through the 70s. 74 reisterstown and columbia. 77 in glen burnie. on the eastern seaboard looks rather quiet. we're watching a frontal boundary throw showers from chicago to detroit. we're going to pump in heat ahead of that. eventually take some of these clouds and stroll them in as well but we stay dry and hot. getting up to 90 degrees with a tad more humidity and partly cloudy skies, back into the upper 60s and lower 70s overnight. let's check the roads with kim. >> thank you. on this side of the outer loop traffic has cleared out pretty nicely. we still have heavy volume down from 795 towards the baltimore national pike. however, on the other side of the outer loop between 95 and dulaney valley road,
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stop-and-go, and if you're headed downtown, eutaw street is closed between baltimore and saratoga for the gas main. and east fayette and mulberry as crews repair that manhole cover explosion from yesterday. still dealing with a crash on southbound harford road at he erdman avenue, involving a bus. and calvert at east saratoga. jfx at north avenue, traffic moving nicely in both directions. stay with us. we'll be right back with "good morning maryland." explain.
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