Candid: President Obama makes statement on Edward Kennedy

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US President Barack Obama makes a statement over the death of US Sen. Edward Kennedy at the Blue Heron Farm in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 26, 2009. Obama on Wednesday eulogized Edward Kennedy as a ‘singular figure’ in American history, hours after the liberal icon died of brain cancer aged 77. ‘Even though we knew this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread,’ Obama said, at a farm he is renting on the east coast island of Martha’s Vineyard during his week-long vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)