The death of Ted Kennedy marks the end of one of America’s greatest political dynasties.
His passing is also seen as a blow to the Democratic Party.
He was a liberal standard bearer who recovered from a string of personal scandals to become known as the consummate congressional dealmaker.
Even though suffering from brain cancer he remained at the heart of US politics and recently he was the chief champion of President Obama’s call for reform of the country’s health care system.
Kennedy’s endorsement last year was seen as pivotal in Obama winning the Democratic presidential nomination.
As Kennedy was clearly coming to the end of his life many saw his support of Obama as the passing of the political torch to a new generation.
Obama says he cherishes Kennedy’s confidence and support in the race for the presidency.
And taking time off from vacation the President paid tribute to his friend.
He said: “Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve seen the courage with which he battled his illness.
His fight has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you — and goodbye.”
Ted Kennedy’s brothers: John, Bobby and Joseph all died young, either in war or as victims of the assassins bullet.
And so did the modern day legend of America’s Camelot die with the passing of Ted Kennedy ?
The answer is: it probably it did.