“A champion of social justice,” Schwarzenegger says of his “Uncle Teddy.”
President Obama broke from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard to go before the cameras early Wednesday. Calling Ted Kennedy’ “Teddy,” the president described the senator as a “singular figure in American history” and as “a counselor, a colleague and a friend.”
“I have personally benefitted and grown from his experience and advice, and I know countless others have as well.
"When Bob and I received the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial," he said, "Sen. Kennedy was there to present it to us with Ethel. His hearty Irish laugh, brilliant command of politics, indefatigable tenacity and fight for the underdog were incredibly impressive."
Weinstein added that he "saw him six or seven other times, and always enjoyed his company and always admired his astonishing dedication to the common good."
Also among those commenting was Dan Glickman, chairman-CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America.
Reardon continued by saying
"His passing is a loss for AFTRA, for labor and for America," she said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the Kennedy family, and we will miss him dearly."