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Kennedy's Chappaquiddick statement
Montreal Gazette ^

Posted on 08/26/2009 8:05:26 PM PDT by Chet 99

The following is an edited and abbreviated transcript of Edward Kennedy's statement following the Chappaquiddick controversy:

There is no truth, no truth whatever, to the widely circulated suspicions of immoral conduct that have been leveled at my behavior and hers regarding that evening. There has never been a private relationship between us of any kind. I know of nothing in Mary Jo's conduct on that or any other occasion — and the same is true of the other girls at that party — that would lend any substance to such ugly speculation about their character.

Nor was I driving under the influence of liquor.

Little over one mile away, the car that I was driving on an unlit road went off a narrow bridge which had no guard rails and was built on a left angle to the road. The car overturned in a deep pond and immediately filled with water. I remember thinking as the cold water rushed in around my head that I was for certain drowning. Then water entered my lungs and I actual felt the sensation of drowning. But somehow I struggled to the surface alive.

I made immediate and repeated efforts to save Mary Jo by diving into the strong and murky current, but succeeded only in increasing my state of utter exhaustion and alarm. My conduct and conversations during the next several hours, to the extent that I can remember them, make no sense to me at all.

Although my doctors informed me that I suffered a cerebral concussion, as well as shock, I do not seek to escape responsibility for my actions by placing the blame either on the physical and emotional trauma brought on by the accident, or on anyone else. I regard as indefensible the fact that I did not report the accident to the police immediately.

Instead of looking directly for a telephone after lying exhausted in the grass for an undetermined time, I walked back to the cottage where the party was being held and requested the help of two friends, my cousin, Joseph Gargan and Phil Markham, and directed them to return immediately to the scene with me — this was sometime after midnight — in order to undertake a new effort to dive down and locate Miss Kopechne. Their strenuous efforts, undertaken at some risk to their own lives, also proved futile.

All kinds of scrambled thoughts — all of them confused, some of them irrational, many of them which I cannot recall, and some of which I would not have seriously entertained under normal circumstances — went through my mind during this period. They were reflected in the various inexplicable, inconsistent, and inconclusive things I said and did, including such questions as whether the girl might still be alive somewhere out of that immediate area, whether some awful curse did actually hang over all the Kennedys, whether there was some justifiable reason for me to doubt what had happened and to delay my report, whether somehow the awful weight of this incredible incident might in some way pass from my shoulders. I was overcome, I'm frank to say, by a jumble of emotions: grief, fear, doubt, exhaustion, panic, confusion, and shock.

Instructing Gargan and Markham not to alarm Mary Jo's friends that night, I had them take me to the ferry crossing. The ferry having shut down for the night, I suddenly jumped into the water and impulsively swam across, nearly drowning once again in the effort, and returned to my hotel about 2 a.m. and collapsed in my room.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: chappaquiddick; kennedy; kopechne; liar; statement; tedkennedy; transcript

1 posted on 08/26/2009 8:05:26 PM PDT by Chet 99
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To: Chet 99

Right, in his scrambled and confused thoughts he was able to walk back to the cottage.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 8:09:32 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Chet 99

He IS the lyin’ SOS of the senate.


3 posted on 08/26/2009 8:09:35 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: freedumb2003

even after 40 years ... BS is STILL BS!!!


4 posted on 08/26/2009 8:11:44 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Chet 99

Hey, local power and politics always prevail - it’s a shame that the locals do not have the same benefits.

Actually, he was a ghost of a man - not worthy of any respect whatsoever as a man... Now a lot of these wonderful neighbors did think he would help them financially though...and that is why he continued to be elected.

It is a shame that he is glorified by the press.. He is dead, but he will not be forgotten by many (for all the wrong reasons).


5 posted on 08/26/2009 8:12:18 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Chet 99

Why did’nt he call a rescue squad, a cop or other motorists on the road? It’s all B.S. C.Y.A.


6 posted on 08/26/2009 8:13:18 PM PDT by ChiMark
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To: Chet 99

i’m glad your worthless family legacy is dead


7 posted on 08/26/2009 8:13:19 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: Chet 99

What a scumbag.


8 posted on 08/26/2009 8:13:31 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: freedumb2003
It is times like this that faith in God's judgment brings comfort to all involved.

Maybe Ted wanted to move from cold Massachusetts to someplace warmer......

9 posted on 08/26/2009 8:15:54 PM PDT by Loud Mime (barastikas = Obama's logos)
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To: freekitty
Where he then began to make scores of telephone calls to initiate damage control in Washington, D.C., but didn't think to contact police.


10 posted on 08/26/2009 8:16:24 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Chet 99
I'm pretty sure a lot of people my age have NO IDEA about this. I almost wanted to ask, "is this article on the level?" I am shocked beyond belief.

I've seen photos of the death car in the water and yet "he couldn't save her" but later managed to swim quite a distance because the ferry had ceased operating!

"No liquor was involved." Then what was? Drugs?

11 posted on 08/26/2009 8:17:10 PM PDT by elizabethgrace (Obama’s Deficit Projections Assume That He & Congress Will Stop Spending)
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To: Chet 99

12 posted on 08/26/2009 8:17:18 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (Live Free Or Die)
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To: Chet 99
Back in the early 1970s there was an Olympic downhill skier turned fashion model named Suzy Chaffee. She was the star of a ChapStick add campaign where in every add she declared she was changing her name to Suzy ChapStick. Rumors which she denied had her romantically linked to Teddy Kennedy.

In about the first season of Saturday Night Live, a “Weekend Update” bit reported that she was dating Teddy Kennedy and changing her name to Suzy Chappaquiddick. This was back in the old days when people could make fun of liberals.

13 posted on 08/26/2009 8:23:10 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: freekitty
Right, in his scrambled and confused thoughts he was able to walk back to the cottage.

And swim back to the hotel, make a dozen phone calls, change clothes, get a newspaper and chat with a hotel employee without as much as an "guess what just happened?"

14 posted on 08/26/2009 8:23:53 PM PDT by D-fendr (Deus non alligatur sacramentis sed nos alligamur.)
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To: Chet 99

Anyone who can’t get a whore across a bridge has no business being president of the United States. (An oldie but a goodie.)


15 posted on 08/26/2009 8:27:11 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Hey, Mr. Obama, please don't kill my gramma! NO on socialist healthcare!)
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To: Chet 99
I walked back to the cottage where the party was being held and requested the help of two friends, my cousin, Joseph Gargan and Phil Markham, and directed them to return immediately to the scene with me — this was sometime after midnight — in order to undertake a new effort to dive down and locate Miss Kopechne.

So Mr Government himself nor his "friends" every thought to call for the police or rescue services during those critical hours.

Bald-faced LIAR and MURDERER.

16 posted on 08/26/2009 8:27:53 PM PDT by A message (3 years 4 months 3 weeks 3 days until Jim Thompson is President)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

LOL

Te Heinekin man...

A joy to behold if you are Teddy in need of a drink...

That was some ordeal the poor slob went through...

/s (Just in case)


17 posted on 08/26/2009 8:28:23 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Chet 99

Hardly a spontaneous utterance, particularly from somebody as dumb and inarticulate (when speaking without a prepared script) as Swimmer. This was clearly the result of one or more all-nighters among the Kennedy Family PR Retainers. That has been a pretty good job over the years — the Family needs this kind of PR with alarming regularity.


18 posted on 08/26/2009 8:28:43 PM PDT by blau993 (Fight Gerbil Swarming)
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To: Chet 99
There is no truth, no truth whatever, to the widely circulated suspicions of immoral conduct that have been leveled at my behavior and hers regarding that evening. There has never been a private relationship between us of any kind. I know of nothing in Mary Jo's conduct on that or any other occasion — and the same is true of the other girls at that party — that would lend any substance to such ugly speculation about their character.

So many lies! But I'm under a 24 hours rule not to criticize Kennedy. So I'll come back tomorrow to post my comments.

19 posted on 08/26/2009 8:31:06 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: D-fendr

Amazing, isn’t it?


20 posted on 08/26/2009 8:31:53 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty

“Nor was I driving under the influence of liquor”

Hey fellas, sure i’d love to knock back a couple of highballs with you, but tonight I’m driving everyone home!

Yeah, right.

And another thing, why didn’t Ted grab skinny Mary Jo and push her out the window first, then follow her out?


21 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:13 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Blue Jays

Of course.


22 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:18 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Chet 99

The two co-conspirators who helped him that night should have been prosecuted along with him.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 8:32:43 PM PDT by Mjaye
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To: Chet 99

Wasnt she pregnant ???

Plus nice girls dont hang around the Kennedys


24 posted on 08/26/2009 8:34:44 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Forget about Kennedy, you should be more concerned about the coming of the second American Revolution. Watch this video. Relax and enjoy!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hFiab7fjak


25 posted on 08/26/2009 8:35:02 PM PDT by patrioticfun
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To: Chet 99

Has his son Patrick, the drug addicted Congressman been cleared to attend the funeral. Or is he only allowed to leave rehab to vote on our future.


26 posted on 08/26/2009 8:40:16 PM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Chet 99

Yeah , no booze no drugs , yada yada yada yada ,,,,


27 posted on 08/26/2009 8:41:22 PM PDT by Deetes (God Bless the Troops)
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To: Chet 99

According to my calculation Me. E broke 2 commandments and is now residing in the hot place.


28 posted on 08/26/2009 8:45:57 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Loud Mime

I have a strong feeling that when the Big Roll Call is made old Ted is going to miss that cold water rolling in around his head in a place where he has no money or clout.


29 posted on 08/26/2009 8:54:37 PM PDT by Macgedos
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To: Chet 99

What’s even more incredible is that so many sheeple actually bought this load of horse manure.


30 posted on 08/26/2009 8:56:21 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (That smell of death...be seeing ya big casino)
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To: Chet 99

National Lampoons great ad:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexdroog70/2701038371/


31 posted on 08/26/2009 9:06:52 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA
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To: Chet 99
It depends on what the meaning of the word "swim" is.

NO cheers, unfortunately.

32 posted on 08/26/2009 9:10:23 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: patrioticfun

http://www.foxnews.com/video2/video08.html?maven_referralObject=8661920&maven_referralPlaylistId=&sRevUrl=http://www.foxnews.com/glennbeck/index.html

Then watch this!!!


33 posted on 08/26/2009 9:44:43 PM PDT by danamco
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

lol! and like the one about clinton...the guy who was the most powerful man on earth, the man with his finger on the nuclear ‘button’, and all he rated was......................a damn SPITTER!!!!!!


34 posted on 08/26/2009 10:32:33 PM PDT by bobby.223
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To: patrioticfun

looking at your (short) posting history you have put that up a few times tonite. we get the message.


35 posted on 08/26/2009 10:38:56 PM PDT by bobby.223
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