They included Jack Schlossberg, the son of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, a tall 16-year-old bearing a striking resemblance to his late uncle, John F. Kennedy, Jr. Kennedy's first wife of 25 years, Joan Kennedy, made a rare appearance after a lifetime of battling alcohol problems so severe she was found passed out on a Boston sidewalk four years ago.
Joan Kennedy's children intervened in her affairs after the incident, obtaining a court-ordered guardianship that put Ted Kennedy, Jr. in charge of his mother's care. Still sporting her trademark shock of flowing blond hair, she was escorted into Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica by her youngest son, Patrick, and soon seen chatting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kennedy is being remembered as one of the most effective senators in U.S. history after overcoming personal tragedy and political scandal surrounding the infamous events of Chappaquiddick Island, Mass. - a car accident that resulted in the drowning death of his female companion, Mary Jo Kopechne, in 1969. "He was given the gift of time that his brothers were not," President Barack Obama said in his eulogy to Kennedy, remembering him as a "kind and tender hero" who became the family's beloved patriarch.
The large clan was joined at the funeral by a cast of political stars - friends and foes alike. Bill and Hillary Clinton sat chatting with George and Laura Bush before the service began. Vice-President Joe Biden, a close friend of Kennedy's, hobnobbed with former vice-president Al Gore, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Jesse Jackson and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the husband of Kennedy niece Maria Shriver. There were also 58 current members of the U.S. Senate in attendance, 21 former members and Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, once an aide to Kennedy. Hollywood star power was provided by actor Jack Nicholson, who strode into the church to attend the services, as did one-time screen siren Lauren Bacall. Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell was also in attendance.
Tenor Placido Domingo sang at the funeral, accompanied by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. In Washington, strangers who also considered Kennedy a beloved family member were out in full force for the funeral procession in the U.S. capital. "I feel like I've lost an extended family member, yes I do," Barbara Willis-Johnson, 69, said as she awaited the arrival of Kennedy's motorcade at the Capitol building. "He was like the country's Uncle Teddy, and I have always loved him for what he did for civil rights in this country. I was spit on as a girl. I was called 'nigger.' The Kennedys, especially Teddy, worked so hard to end that kind of prejudice. They may have been rich men but they always stood up for the poor and for African-Americans."
They included Jack Schlossberg, the son of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, a tall 16-year-old bearing a striking resemblance to his late uncle, ... ...