Bush Offers Condolences to Vicki Kennedy

Posted: Aug 26, 2009 3:34 PM
Former President George W. Bush phoned Vicki Kennedy on Wednesday to offer his and Laura Bush's "condolences, best wishes and prayers" on the passing of her husband, the late Senator Ted Kennedy. 

In a statement released earlier today, the former president noted,
Ted Kennedy spent more than half his life in the United States Senate. He was a man of passion who advocated fiercely for his convictions. I was pleased to work with Sen. Kennedy on legislation to raise standards in public schools, reform immigration and ensure dignity and fair treatment for Americans suffering from mental illness.

In a life filled with trials, Ted Kennedy never gave in to self-pity or despair. He maintained his optimistic spirit, his sense of humor and his faith in his fellow citizens. He loved his family and his country — and he served them until the end. He will be deeply missed.