Kennedy Remembered by Family, Friends and the President at Funeral
Posted on Aug 29, 2009
Just over a year ago, Sen. Ted Kennedy took to the podium at the Democratic National Convention to give Barack Obama a major boost as he began his final push to become president. On Saturday, it was Obama’s turn to pay tribute to his former fellow senator as the president delivered the eulogy at Kennedy’s funeral in Boston. —KA
“Ted Kennedy’s life’s work was not to champion those with wealth or power or special connections,” Obama said in his eulogy.
“It was to give a voice to those who were not heard; to add a rung to the ladder of opportunity; to make real the dream of our founding. He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not, and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow,” the president said.
“We can still hear his voice bellowing through the Senate chamber, face reddened, fist pounding the podium, a veritable force of nature, in support of health care or workers’ rights or civil rights,” Obama said, calling Kennedy “the greatest legislator of our time.”
But the president also remembered the towering Washington figure as a generous, caring person.
Click here to read Ted Kennedy Jr.’s speech from Saturday’s service.
Watch Obama’s eulogy here and here.
President Obama delivers the eulogy Saturday at Sen. Ted Kennedy’s funeral at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston.