In honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who died Tuesday morning, we offer up this quote from her oldest son, Robert, who in a 2004 interview with CBS News said this of his mother, "My mom never ran for office, and she changed the world. Period. End of story."
Mrs. Shriver was the sister of President John Kennedy and Senators Robert Kennedy and Edward Kennedy, as well as the mother-in-law of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Unlike so many others in her family, she never held elective office but had a profound impact on the world through her work to improve the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. One could argue that Mrs. Shriver's work, including the founding of the Special Olympics, was the most lasting of the Kennedy family's many works and special programs. In fact, her brother, Edward, said of Eunice, "You talk about an agent of change--she is it. If the test is what you're doing that's been helpful for humanity, you'd be hard pressed to find another member of the family who's done more."