Saturday, August 29, 2009

President Barack Obama led the nation Saturday in mourning "the greatest legislator of our time," celebrating the indelible impact of Edward M. Kennedy as a senator for nearly a half-century and leader of America's most famous family during tragedy and triumph. Delivering an emotional eulogy for Kennedy that capped a two-hour Roman Catholic funeral Mass, Obama employed his own experiences and timeless anecdotes to memorialize the senator, who died Tuesday at 77 after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. The country may have viewed him as "heir to a weighty legacy," Obama said, but he was playfully known by the youngest Kennedys less grandly: as the big cheese, "The Grand Fromage." -GLEN JOHNSON Associated Press

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