The gallows humor sometimes displayed on this site is nothing compared to what the Senator used himself. Apparently one of his favorite humor subjects was Chappaquiddick, the incident 40 years ago where the Senator drove off a bridge, saved himself and allowed a young woman to die in his car.
Here is a selection of the Diane Rehm Show on NPR. She is interviewing Ed Klein, who just wrote a biography of the Senator:
Kay: Ed Klein, that's what I'm hearing today, that people are sad at his passing, and yet celebrating this huge life and its huge long list of accomplishments.
Klein: I think he'd be the last person who would want us, those he's left behind, to, um, be, uh, morose and, and full of bathos. I think he, he --
Kay: He would come in with a big guffawing laugh and make us laugh too.
Klein: He would, yes. You're so right, he would. And he'd probably have a joke to tell as well.
Kay: At his own expense.
Klein: Well y'know, he, I don't know if you know this or not but, one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, "have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?"
I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. It's not that he didn't feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (background music begins building), but that he still always saw, um, the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.
Kay: Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and author of a new book on Ted Kennedy.I wracked my brain and I just couldn't find anything funny about a young woman hitching a ride home with a drunk US Senator losing her life because he drove off a bridge, especially when it is that Senator making jokes. Its Just gross.
Source of the Transcript, Newsbusters