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December 7, 2010


Obama, Clinton, and others speak about Elizabeth

by Andrea O'Connell

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.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Louise Fell
    Dec 11 2010

    Dear Andrea; Thanks for this wonderful post on Elizabeth Edwards. I was so taken aback about the actual time of her death. The night before she died, Anderson Cooper on CNN did a report saying that no more treatments would be give to Elizabeth as they thought it wouldn’be of any more benefit at this time. To me that meant she would at least have a few weeks if not months left. My take on it is that they kept her dying moments extremely private that not even the world’s best newscaster got the truth about the grave moments ahead. I too am very upset at her passing and long fought courage, under such agonizing emotional setbacks, led by John her husband. How selfish a man to inflict this added stress to the mother of their children let alone his loyal and passionate crusader for his own political career and HIS WIFE! I can actually say I hate him without remorse.

    I too am fighting the good fight like Elizabeth. I only hope that her words and deeds are not forgotten and that Yes one day there will be a cure for breast cancer. It is very incidious and rampant. There is little hope but treatment with survival being very low on the totem pole. If the drug companies gained a little more morality and really were on the side of a cure we would have had one by now. It is shameful, that’s about all I can say on the subject.

    Thank you for writing the article. I am very sad indeed

    • Dec 11 2010

      Thanks so much. I am so heart sick over her passing… it just chokes me up to think of her kids, too. I just loved her so much – so warm and wise she was.

      I had thought that you were fighting this, but I wasn’t sure. You also have a great deal of courage, Weezie. You are a wise and wonderful woman, like Elizabeth and you have strength and a resounding spirit, too. I hope you continue to fight and win. I know you will fight, though I am desperately sorry that you have to. Gosh, Weezie, I sure will keep you in my prayers. You will be there, always.

      hugs and love…….. andrea

  2. Louise Fell
    Dec 12 2010

    My dear; You made me feel so glad to have met you here.

    You actually have said the kindest of words to me. I felt rather scared upon the announcement of Elizabeth’s death. I know we are all different and will go through things unlike others. I don’t know how to explain it. Sometimes I write to my friends at http://www.blogforacure trying to help them. And there are times when I just want to forget I am part of the clan. It’s a mood thing, for sure. Until you are there you are pretty much an island, looking for other islands to hop to. Having said that, you seem to understand so I will stop by saying thanks for your sweet words. Weezie

    • Dec 12 2010

      I found the link to Blog for a Cure and added it on my site, in the Blogroll links!

  3. Dec 12 2010

    Weezie, I am so glad I met you, too! I can’t imagine being part of that clan and I am so sorry that you are, but hopeful that you are continuing to fight and win. You will win!!!! You must win. I know how the mood swings can get ya. I suffer from depression and battle the ups and downs on a regular basis, though fortunately for me, I am healthy otherwise. Well, I am over weight, but other than that, I’m okay! 🙂

    I tried to access the blog for a cure site via your link, but it’s not working. I want to put the site on my blog. I’ll put it in my blogroll as soon as I find it.

    You are a wonderful and special lady, Weezie and I thank you for supporting me and my little blog… 🙂

  4. Louise Fell
    Dec 12 2010

    Hi friend. Here is the website address. Anyone can join for free. It’s amazing how many people from around the world have joined and have helped even if they don’t have cancer.
    Marinade Dave also put it on his blogroll. It’s great to have in case any of your visitors find a need. Here you go.


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