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Thousands bid farewell to Teddy Kennedy

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Thousands bid farewell to Teddy Kennedy


Thousands of mourners have been queuing outside the JFK library in Boston to pay tribute to Teddy Kennedy, the Massachusetts Senator who, this week, lost his battle with brain cancer. His death has cost the Democratic party its essential 60th vote in the Senate, the number needed to beat Republican tactical blocking manoeuvres. As the politicians scramble to fill the void left by the man who seems destined to be remembered as the Lion of the US Senate, members of the public have been paying their respects.

Waiting in line, Christine Crugnola-Petruniw said: “Teddy was such a wonderful man and he gave so much of his life, I mean his whole life was devoted to government and service of the people , and he was like, for the common man and that’s what really struck me, and I said I wanted to do something to honour him.” Andrew Yates flew from Texas to pay his respects. He said: “I was not expecting such large crowds when I got on the plane in San Antonio. I didn’t think it was going to be like this. This is insane… in a good way. I did not think it was going to have a turn out like this.” Senator Kennedy’s widow Vicki greeted some of the people queuing outside the library. Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson was also there to mourn the passing of the liberal champion. President Obama will give a eulogy at a service, at a basilica in Boston tomorrow. The four other surviving Presidents – George Bush Senior and Junior, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton – are also expected at the funeral. Kennedy is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington DC, next to his assassinated brothers, Bobby and John.

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