Kennedy Hails New 'Season of Hope'

We 'live on in the future we make,' he tells Harvard audience
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 2, 2008 2:37 AM CST
Sen. Ted Kennedy gives the thumbs up at the conclusion of a special convocation held to present him with an honorary Harvard degree.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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(Newser) – Sen. Ted Kennedy was honored with an honorary degree yesterday in a poignant ceremony at Harvard where he spoke of a "renewed" destiny and reminisced about the days when his life of promise stretched before him. Kennedy appeared strong and in high spirits, despite battling brain cancer, reports the Boston Globe. He described his days at Harvard as "fresh as youth and yesterday" when he "learned to play football and believe" in public service.

"I have also learned lessons in the school of life, that we should take issues seriously, but never take ourselves too seriously, that political differences may make us opponents, but should never make us enemies, that battles rage and then quiet,'' noted Kennedy, who added that he was proud to have played a "small part" in the historic election of Barack Obama. "We know the future will outlast us, but I believe that all of us will live on in the future we make."