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Obama mourns the passing of 'a defender of a dream'

CHILMARK, Mass. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is calling Sen. Ted Kennedy a "singular figure" on the American political landscape, who "picked up the torch of his fallen brothers."

At a makeshift podium outside his rented home on Martha's Vineyard, Obama called Kennedy "the greatest United States senator of our time."

Kennedy's endorsement last year during a crucial moment in the presidential campaign helped Obama win the Democratic nomination. Obama says thanks to Kennedy, many people -- including himself -- can now "pursue their dreams in an America that is more equal and more just."

Obama noted the difference between Kennedy's death and those of his brothers John and Bobby. Obama says Ted Kennedy's struggle against brain cancer gave the country "the blessing of time to say thank-you and goodbye."

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