In his eulogy, President Obama called Ted Kennedy the soul of the Democratic Party and the Lion of the US Senate. Apparently, the senator is loved and admired by millions of Americans.
On July 18, 1969, in a drunk driving accident, Ted Kennedy drove his car into the Chappaquiddick river, managed to escape from the wreck and went back to his hotel without telling anyone of the accident, leaving his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the car.
This web site gives detailed information about the tragedy: http://web.archive.org/web/20050305121122/www.ytedk.com/chappindex.htm
Link via No Quarters: http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/2009/08/31/my-problem-with-teddy/#more-31581
Of course, that was a long time ago and people can change, I'm told. But may be it's because the Chappaquiddick incident was not such a big deal forTed Kennedy, who was capable of joking about Ms Kopechne's death.