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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Friday, October 22, 2004

    Superman's super woman 

    Dana Reeve did in Columbus something she was loath to do. It took super willpower. But she knew she had to do it. She appeared with Sen. John Kerry and endorsed his broader vision of stem cell research 11 days after her husband, Christopher Reeve, star of four Superman movies, died. ``Eleven days ago, a light went out of my life,'' she said. ``When chris died, the world lost a truly inspiration leader. I lost my best friend....My inclincation would be to remain private for a good, long while. But I came here today in support of John Kerry because this is so important. This is what Chris wanted.'' How could she not be there?

    As for Kerry, he must have hired a better wordsmith to write his speeches. His delivery may never remind you of FDR, JFK or Bill Clinton, but his imagery was striking as he spoke about the need to extend stem cell research, the very thing that might have saved the paralyzed Reeve and allowed him to walk again. President Bush has allowed a limited federal money to be used for research on pre-existing stem cell lines, but they are, by every scientific account, inadequate. And yes, priviate research is permitted. But to saves lives and same them as soon as possible, the full weight of the U.S. government is required.

    ``If George Bush had been president during other periods in American history,'' Kerry said, ``he would have sided with the candle lobby against electricity, the buggy-makers against cars and the typewriter companies against computers.''

    Of all that was said, however, the thing that moves Ohioblog is Dana Reeve's comment about her husband having been her best friend. If anyone wants to know what family values is, this is it: Best friends together in life and carrying on for the other after his death.

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 5:27 PM

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