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Obama honors Kennedy

from NBC's Tanisha Best
In his latest tribute to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, President Obama spoke last night at an event held at the Ritz Carlton for the planned Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. He spoke in front of a group that included Rep. Patrick Kennedy (R-RI) and Kara Kennedy. The Institute will be located at the University of Massachusetts next to the JFK Library and Museum in Boston.

The President spoke of Kennedy's legacy as a man, senator, and mentor. Noting how there were many who entered public service because of Teddy and there were some who refused to leave. He said there could be no greater tribute than to make the institute a reality.

"It will be a living institute where students and teachers and the public can come together and learn about the role and the importance of the Senate that he loved so much. It will be a place where the most significant moments of progress and peril from our history come alive in recreations and seminars and lectures. It will be a place for new Senators and their staff will get a little training."

Also in attendence were Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.