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    Kennedy Gets Harvard Honors

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Saying he has
    "lived a blessed time," Sen. Edward Kennedy smiled broadly and flashed a
    thumbs up as he accepted an honorary degree Monday from his alma mater
    during a uggs clearance rare special convocation at Harvard University.

    The
    76 year old senator walked onstage to a standing ovation and leaned
    lightly on a cane. He made no mention of his battle with cancer but
    sounded a reflective note toward the end of his eight minute address.

    "We
    know the future will outlast all of us, but I believe that all of us
    will live on in the future we make," Kennedy said. "I have lived a
    blessed time. Now, with you, I look forward to a new time of aspiration
    and high achievement for our nation and the world."

    In being
    honored at a special convocation, Kennedy joins a select group that
    includes George Washington, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela.

    Supreme
    Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a former Kennedy staffer, spoke at the
    ceremony, and Vice President elect Joe Biden was among those in
    attendance. The event had been scheduled for ugg pas cher last spring but was postponed as the senator recovered from surgery to treat a malignant brain ugg boots clearance tumor. history, and one that marks a new beginning for the country.

    He
    said he was "proud to have played a small part" in the historic
    election. Kennedy gave Obama a key endorsement during his hard fought
    Democratic primary against Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

    "There is
    no other time when I would rather receive this honor than this year _ at
    this turning point in American history," he said.

    Kennedy also defended his reputation as the "liberal lion" of the Senate, where he has served for 46 years.

    He
    quoted his brother, former President John F. Kennedy, saying: "If by a
    liberal, they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind . someone who
    cares about the welfare of the people _ their health, their housing,
    their schools, their jobs, their civil rights . then I am proud to say I
    am a liberal."

    Kennedy graduated from Harvard in 1956 and was
    elected to the Senate six years later to fill the seat held by his
    brother before he was elected president.

    Breyer, a former
    assistant professor at the Harvard Law School, introduced himself not as
    a member of the Supreme Court, but as a "former member of the Kennedy
    staff" who cut his political teeth bottes ugg working in the senator's office.

    He said he learned key lessons from Kennedy, including how to work across political divides.

    "He'd
    say be generous with the credit," Breyer said, "If you're successful
    there'll be plenty of credit to go around, and if you're not ugg boots on sale successful, who wants credit for that?"

    Breyer
    ticked off a list of some of Kennedy's legislative successes, including
    his push to foster neighborhood health centers and to expand health
    care for children and the mentally ill.

    During his comments,
    Kennedy recalled his love of sailing in the waters off Cape Cod, a
    metaphor for what he said was the next great adventure in the nation's
    history.

    "I have believed that America must sail toward the shores
    of liberty and justice," Kennedy said. "There is no end to that
    journey, only the next great voyage."