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Obama, Clinton, and others speak about Elizabeth

I cannot shake this sadness about Elizabeth Edwards’s death.   And tonight I’ve been reading different reports on the internet about her – taking note of what others are saying on the heels of her death.  As I was reading the lovely and warm statements that others are making, I thought it would be nice to share here some of what I have read, what others are saying about the loss of this wonderful woman.

In a statement Elizabeth’s family said:

Today we have lost the comfort of Elizabeth’s presence but, she remains the heart of this family. We love her and will never know anyone more inspiring or full of life.

On behalf of Elizabeth we want to express our gratitude to the thousands of kindred spirits who moved and inspired her along the way. Your support and prayers touched our entire family.

President Obama said:

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Elizabeth Edwards.  This afternoon I spoke to Cate Edwards and John Edwards, and offered our family’s condolences.  I came to know and admire Elizabeth over the course of the presidential campaign.  She was a tenacious advocate for fixing our health care system and fighting poverty, and our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind.

In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain.  Many others would have turned inward; many others in the face of such adversity would have given up.  But through all that she endured, Elizabeth revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Hillary Clinton, who had some disagreements over the years with Elizabeth, but who seemed to respect her, said:

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. America has lost a passionate advocate for building a more humane and just society, for reforming our health care system, and for finding a cure for cancer once and for all. But the Edwards family and her legion of friends have lost so much more — a loving mother, constant guardian, and wise counselor. Our thoughts are with the Edwards family at this time, and with all those people across the country who met Elizabeth over the years and found an instant friend–someone who shared their experiences and offered empathy, understanding and hope. She made her mark on America, and she will not be forgotten.

Vice President Joe Biden said

(Edwards) fought a brave battle against a terrible, ravaging disease that takes too many lives every day. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, and to those who felt they knew her.

John Kerry said about her:

…an incredibly loving, giving and devoted mother who fought cancer with enormous grace and dignity.

I say, yes John Kerry.  She indeed embodied grace.


we’ve lost her

Elizabeth Edwards has died.  Only 61.  Breast cancer. Insidious. It. Spread.

Elizabeth Edwards Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images

Oh why were you kept on the chemotherapy treatments up until your time to go, Elizabeth?    I suppose it was your choice, but it seems cruel for your doctors to have done this to you.

You must have been suffering great pain.

You’re free now.  But we’re left with the pain of your going.   So desperately sad you’ve left us.

You will be missed, Elizabeth.  Your brilliance, your warmth, and your wit lives on in the hearts of so many of us who looked to you as a role model.  But oh how you will be missed.

Goodnight Elizabeth, and may Wade sing you lullabies now.

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