This article is the fifteenth in a continuing series chronicling the unfolding history of the Obama Administration. The writer's opinions are not offered, leaving the readers to arrive at their own conclusions.
"The outpouring of love, gratitude and fond memories to which we've all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives: in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education's promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just, including myself."__Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, on the death of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, August 26, 2009
Day207/Aug17th/Monday: the President addressed the VFW National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, and announced he directed his Chief Performance Officer, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Officer to join with United States Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki in a new reform effort, launching a new competition to capture the very best ideas of VA employees. Among the President's other remarks: