The Note: In Sickness and in Health

"It's great to be home," Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., told repoters Thursday, thanking doctors at Mass. General as he ponders treatment options.

The Boston Globe's Jenna Russell takes a crack at one piece of his impact: "Kennedy is best known as a legislative powerhouse, a tireless legend at courting allies and cutting deals, and as the battle-scarred face of the nation's most famous political family. But out of the spotlight and behind the scenes, his constituents say, the senior senator and his staff have cut through red tape to change countless individual lives, advocating for even the narrowest personal needs with a ferocity and attention to detail that still inspires awe in those on the receiving end decades later."

The Kicker:

"Will you be willing to consider everybody who is a possible help to you as a running mate, even if his or her spouse is an occasional pain in the butt?" -- Questioner at a Barack Obama campaign event in Boca Raton, Fla. (Obama didn't directly answer.)

"So you'll walk me down the aisle?  Is that what you're saying?"-- Ellen DeGeneres, to her guest, John McCain. ("Touche," he responded.)

The Note will not publish Monday, May 26. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

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