Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy

President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Medal of Freedom to Kara Kennedy, accepting the award on behalf of her father, Sen. Ted Kennedy, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009. The Senator was too ill to attend, and passed away two weeks later. The Medal of Freedom is the nation's highest civilian honor.

(Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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