Friday, August 28, 2009

A song for Teddy

Predictably, MSNBC is going way overboard with its coverage of the death of Edward Kennedy.

Indeed, my favorite so-called “cable news network” is taking a break from reporting news today. It’s all about the Fallen Lion of Liberalism.

I swear... they didn’t give Reagan this much dap. And he was president.

Chris Matthews teased this evening’s memorial service (or “Irish wake,” as he kept calling it) by revealing that Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell will sing Sen. Kennedy’s favorite song – “The Impossible Dream.” Matthews promises that Mitchell will “bring the house down.”

I’ve got a sneak preview streaming on my Vox blog. Brian Stokes Mitchell starred in a Broadway revival of “Man of La Mancha” a few years ago. Click here to hear his version of “The Impossible Dream” from the cast album.


Geneva Girl said...

Saw it on You Tube. Yup, he tore it up.

Looking at him I started thinking: He's long and lean - just slap a wig on him and he could play Obama in a bio pic. They don't look too much alike, but it could work.

eclectique916 said...

I'm not watching any of Teddy's funeral only because tomorrow's media spin will be "Is liberalism dead?" I'll catch the highlights. Biden said it all for me. I may watch the motorcade as it passes by the Senate side of the US Capitol if there's room on the lawn.

Those Kennedys love a good show tune.

eclectique916 said...

okay, I caved. My mom's here and we're watching the CBS feed. Strategizing getting to the Capitol.

Undercover Black Man said...

^ The memorial service yesterday was strangely compelling, Michon. I'm not caught up in the rapture of Camelot, but to see Republicans and Democrats sharing their memories of Ted on such human terms... it seemed like a unique American moment.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Watching George W. Bush at the funeral of Teddy Kennedy on Saturday was, to say the very least, amusing. It's always great fun to witness the members of the vast right wing conspiracy confronted head-on with the theological flaws that are inherent in their philosophy. Watching that event with my pal, Kevin Swanwick, we both were mesmerized and just slightly overjoyed to be reminded yet again that the basic tenets of Liberalism are in perfect harmony with our Christianity - our Catholicism: feed the hungry, shelter the poor and clothe the naked. Oh, how I wish the camera would have cut to Bush's face the moment he was confronted with the most famous line (and justly so) from the Gospel according to Matthew:

"I tell you this: whatever you did to the least of these brothers of mine, you did to me."

Jesus of Nazareth

One can only imagine how uncomfortable that passage from the scriptures must have made him feel. Or how about the Sermon on the Mount?

"Blessed are the peace makers
For they shall be called Sons of God."

I imagine being confronted with the words of Jesus Christ might make old George just a tad uneasy. The prayers that were offered up by the youngest members of the Kennedy clan, in Teddy's own words, were the most touching part of the entire day:

"That human beings be measured not by what they cannot do. That quality health care becomes a fundamental right and not a privilege. That old policies of race and gender die away. That newcomers be accepted, no matter their color or place of birth. That the nation stand united against violence, hate and war. That the work begins anew, and the dream lives on. We pray to the Lord."

Lord hear our prayer.

After the mass had ended, and Kevin and I headed into town to get a cup of coffee, I was almost stunned by the good cheer I felt. Ted Kennedy's funeral was truly a joyous event. Truth be told, it was damned-near therapeutic! The politics of joy as opposed to the politics of fear. There ain't nothin' like it in the world, Baby!

The stark contrasts between the ideals of the Progressive movement and the right wing's backwards and greedy ideology were out in public Saturday for all to compare and contrast at Our Lady of Perpetual Comfort Church in Boston. The differences were so obvious, you could not have missed them had you tried.

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY