Remembering Eunice Kennedy Shriver

Founder of the Special Olympics, political talent, and cherished member of the Kennedy clan is dead at 88.

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With the death of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, sister of JFK and mother-in-law of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the opportunity has come to remember a late member of America's near-nobility.

Here are five things pundits believe we will remember about Eunice Kennedy Shriver:

  • Brightest, Most Ambitious Kennedy Woman, says Bryan Marquard in the Boston Globe. "In the competitive household of her youth, she established herself as the most intellectually gifted of the sisters in a family where the patriarch, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., decided that his sons were the ones bound for politics.
  • Crucial in Getting Arnold Elected, says Joe Matthews at the Daily Beast. "Without her, there never would have been an Arnold governorship."
  • The Special Olympics, says Joseph Shapiro at NPR. "Shriver made mental retardation a cause. In large part, she said, because she was close to her older sister Rosemary, who was born with mild retardation."
  • Political Dynamo, says Kristina Peterson at the Wall Street Journal. "Mrs. Kennedy Shriver was the first living woman to appear on a commemorative coin, the 1995 silver dollar. 'She was certainly a feminist before that was cool or out there, and yet she always combined it with talking about motherhood.'"
  • Pious Catholic, say Renee Nadeau, Katy Jordan, Jessica Van Sack and Laura Crimaldi in the Boston Herald. "Guided by her Catholic faith, she was adamantly against abortion, advocating for more programs to aid teenage mothers."
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