President Obama Will Deliver Eulogy at Kennedy’s Funeral

The Boston Globe reported earlier that “President Barack Obama will deliver a eulogy at US Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s funeral Mass on Saturday.”

Kennedy’s funeral will be held at a time yet to be determined Saturday morning at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Mission Hill section of Boston.[…]

Obama was a political kindred spirit with Kennedy and the two became particularly close after Kennedy endorsed him for president before the Super Tuesday primaries. In a dramatic moment at the Democratic National Convention in August, the ailing Kennedy electrified the crowd with a speech that seemed intended to pass the Kennedy family torch to Obama.

Obama paid tribute this morning to Kennedy, appearing before the cameras to call him an “extraordinary leader” and “one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.”

“Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend,” he said. “For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was a defender of a dream.”

On Thursday a motorcade from the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port will make it’s way to the JFK Library in Dorchester.

At a time yet to be announced, a public wake will begin in the library’s Smith Center, a maple-paneled room with a striking view of the Boston skyline. The wake on Thursday is expected to stretch into the evening.

The public viewing will continue on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will then close to the public, and an invitation-only celebration of his life and memorial service will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On Saturday, entrance to the funeral at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will also be by invitation only. A motorcade will then proceed to Logan International Airport and the funeral party will fly to Washington, D.C.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy will be buried next to John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. The service will be a private, family-only affair at the national shrine, located just across the Potomac River on a bluff overlooking the capital city.

I thought about driving into to Boston if possible to attend the public viewing but I have to work late on Thursday and then all day Friday. I will like many who loved and admired Ted Kennedy, watch what I can on TV.

There was a candlelight vigil in Washington D.C. tonight that brought out many liberal and progressive activists. Nita Chaudhary of MoveOn posted this photo on her Facebook a short time ago:

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It’s been a long day filled with sadness. I don’t think the sadness sunk in for me until hours after news. I’ll post more early tomorrow… until then read: Kennedy’s final resting place and watch:

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