With the passing of Ted Kennedy, I recall hearing this story about him that says a lot about the guy.
In the 70's, convicted Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy was doing hard time in a Federal Prison. While in jail, Liddy's daughter was graduating from a conservative Catholic high school. Talk about difficult: You are a teenage daughter, graduating from a high-end, conservative high school, and your father is a convicted felon. Not a good mix. At the same time Senator Kennedy had a daughter graduating from the same school. After graduation, Senator Kennedy made a point to come over to Liddy's daughter and congratulate her. Apparently it made all the difference in the world to Liddy and his daughter.
Rest in Peace Teddy.