Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies at 88

NYTimes: Eunice Kennedy Shriver, a member of one of the most prominent families in American politics and a trailblazer in the effort to improve the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, died early Tuesday morning at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. She was 88. Her death, at 2 a.m., was confirmed by her family in a statement. A family friend said that Mrs. Shriver had been in declining health for months, having suffered a series of strokes.
A sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Edward M. Kennedy and the mother-in-law of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Mrs. Shriver never held elective office. Yet she was no stranger to Capitol Hill, and some view her work on behalf of the developmentally challenged, including the founding of the Special Olympics, as the most lasting of the Kennedy family’s contributions.
Somewhere Sarah Palin is muttering under her breath that this was an evil Obama plot to off the founder of the Special Olympics.


Annette said...

Nah, Palin wouldn't care about her, she's a Kennedy and a Democrat.. if she was a Republican it might be different...lol

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NowhereMan said...

Obama's death panel gave her the thumbs down.