They were contemporaries who played a pivotal role in our nation's history. Had they lived, they would have jumped for joy the next day when the Health Care bill was passed.
LIZ CARPENTER died that morning in Austin, Texas. She was 89. A prolific author, humorist and activist she worked for Presidents Johnson, Carter and Clinton.
"This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's."
Carpenter transferred to Lady Bird Johnson's office as her staff director and press secretary. During that time she and the First Lady forged a friendship that lasted for 60 years and feisty Liz became the darling of the media.
She was a dedicated Democrat often joking that she never met a Republican until she was 17, "and it terrified me."
Between her stints working for Presidents Carter and Clinton, she wrote several books and fought diligently for women's rights.
Carpenter and Udall
STEWART UDALL also died on Saturday at his home in Sante Fe, N.M. He was 90.