Obama tribute to 'mentor' Kennedy





President Barack Obama has paid tribute to his "friend and mentor", Edward Kennedy, at the senator's funeral Mass in Boston.

Mr Obama said Senator Kennedy was the "greatest legislator of our time" and a "champion for those who had none".

The president pointed to some of the tragedies that had befallen the Kennedy family, saying: "It is a string of events that would have broken a lesser man... but that was not Ted Kennedy."

Among the guests attending Saturday's Roman Catholic Mass were former Presidents George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, as well as some 80 serving and former senators.


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