Mourning Process and Succession Debate Move Forward
By Ben Pershing
The mourning of Edward Kennedy continues today, as official remembrances mix with behind-the-scenes negotiations over his Senate seat and talk of moving forward.
The Boston Globe paints a picture of Thursday's procession: "Union carpenters holding hard hats, immigrants from across the globe, students with backpacks, office workers in suits, and retirees who stuffed envelopes for his first campaign four decades ago all came out for a miles-long salute that seemed to capture in its multitudes the breadth of Kennedy's connection to his home state." The New York Times says "the late-summer day was cool and almost impossibly bright, while the Associated Press reports that "many of the people who took time out to pay their respects to ... Kennedy say they did so because he had made time for them at some point during his 47 years in office."
Today, Kennedy will lie in repose at the John F. Kennedy Library until 3 p.m. A "Celebration of Life" takes place at the same venue at 7 p.m., with a speaking roster that includes Kennedy friends and family as well as Chris Dodd, John Kerry, John McCain, Orrin Hatch and Vice President Biden. A new stop has been added to Saturday's itinerary -- between the morning Mass in Boston and the evening burial service at Arlington National Cemetary, Kennedy's motorcade will proceed by the Senate steps, where congressional aides can pay their respects.
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Posted at 11:38 AM ET on Aug 28, 2009
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