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On the Passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy

A Hole In The Hearts Of Millions Of Americans And Hundreds Of Us

Well, Mr. Secretary, thank you and your staff for the privilege of being with you today on what, as I prepared last night, was to be a joyous occasion, announcing another step in the direction of energy independence. And you said the President made a wise choice. The wisest choice the President made was asking you to be-I mean that sincerely-to be the Secretary to the Department of Energy. You've assembled a first-rate staff, and you've taken on a role that is going to be a-is going to, in large part, determine the success of these next three-and-a-half years, whether or not we make a genuine dent, genuine progress in moving toward an energy policy that can help America lead the world in the 21st century as it did in the 20th century.

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