On August 29, President Obama spoke at Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s funeral. Here is an excerpt from his speech:
“That spirit of resilience and good humor would see Teddy through more pain and tragedy than most of us will ever know. … It’s a string of events that would have broken a lesser man. And it would have been easy for Ted to let himself become bitter and hardened; to surrender to self-pity and regret; to retreat from public life and live out his years in peaceful quiet. No one would have blamed him for that. But that was not Ted Kennedy.”
The text of the entire speech is available on the White House Web site.