August 26th, 2009

One Final Bad Photograph of Ted Kennedy

by Philip Baruth

Snapped this picture of Ted Kennedy last summer, at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, on August 25th, exactly one year to the day before his death. Not the best picture in the world, not a Leahy-class photograph, but when I hauled it out of storage this morning it reminded me of the speech he gave. Not the best speech either, his voice cracking occasionally, but full of the old Kennedy rhetorical force. What I most remember is how grateful I was to Kennedy at that point, for throwing his weight behind Obama’s candidacy, for giving it the Camelot seal. It was crucial, I still believe, and distinctly generous. Rest in peace, Senator.