DNC video crews prep for Ted K tribute
By Hillary Chabot | Monday, August 4, 2008 |
Camera crews descended on the ailing Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Hyannis compound this weekend to film an emotional tribute scheduled to air at the Democratic National Convention in August.
One source close to the senior senator said the roughly 15-minute film could be a sign that Kennedy, who is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, won’t make the convention.
“The bulk of his treatment is completed, but he still gets chemo once a week. His immune system is still repressed, so right now his staff believes he won’t go,” said the source. “You never know with him, though. He might get up one day and decide he has to be there.”
The tribute will include clips of the Kennedy family throughout the years and feature the statesman and his wife, Vicki, said the source. It will be similar to the heart-wrenching 1968 convention tribute Charles Guggenheim compiled after Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated.
After that footage was aired, the convention hall in Chicago came to a standstill for 20 minutes.
“I think he’ll talk a little bit about how much this election means to him, and I think it will have a message about (Barack) Obama and about health care,” said the source, who hasn’t seen the film.
Kennedy was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor in May. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor and has been treated at Massachusetts General Hospital since.
In the film, Kennedy is expected to say the following:
If only our great country had socialized medicine, I'd be dead by now - waiting in line for my turn for surgery from a 2nd rate, novice surgeon (assuming that one even had the cojones to continue practicing after I put enough controls on the industry).At least, that's what I would hope he would say.
And by controls I mean excruciatingly detailed regulations on every aspect of medical care...
...to keep the powerful
politicianscorporations from impacting America's health care.
We all know that the elite never have to suffer through nationalized healthcare systems. It's only for the "little people."
ARC: St Wendeler