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Weeks After Slamming 47 Republican Senators, Obama Calls for More to Follow the 'Example' of Ted Kennedy Who Made a Similar Move

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President Barack Obama prepares to give Victoria Reggie Kennedy a kiss as he arrives to speaks at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Monday, March 30, 2015, in Boston. The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate dedication is a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of Kennedy’s brother, John F. Kennedy. From left are, Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the president, Vice President Joe Biden and Kennedy (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)\n

Less than a month after President Barack Obama denounced a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the leaders of Iran, he honored the achievements of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy – a lawmaker who reached out to the Soviet Union in the 1980s against the will of the Reagan administration.

“What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy? What if we worked to follow his example a little bit harder?” Obama said at the dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston on Monday. “To his harshest critics, who saw him as being nothing more than a partisan lightning rod, that may sound foolish, but there are Republicans here today for a reason.”

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