Ted Kennedy and the Obama White House

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Ever since he supported then-candidate Obama during the 2008 presidential election, Ted Kennedy has been a crucial ally to the president. Here, President Obama and Ted Kennedy share a laugh during a national service event in Washington in April 2009.

White House photo / Lawrence Jackson

Kennedy addresses members of Congress at a White House health care summit.

White House photo / Pete Souza

Kennedy sits with Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) and Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) during a health care summit at the White House.

White House photo / Pete Souza

Ted Kennedy with President Obama in April 2009.

White House photo / Pete Souza

Obama and Kennedy have a private conversation in the East Room of the White House.

White House photo / Pete Souza

President Obama meets with former President Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy and Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

White House photo / Chuck Kennedy

President Obama assists Ted Kennedy into the White House’s East Room to attend a health care summit with members of Congress on March 5, 2009.

White House photo / Pete Souza

Kennedy and his wife Vicki wave to the audience during “Some Enchanted Evening: A Musical Birthday Salute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on March 8, 2009. (It was a belated celebration; Kennedy’s 77th birthday was on February 22.)

White House photo / Joyce Boghosian

President Obama presents the 2009 Medal of Freedom to Ted Kennedy’s daughter Kara, on his behalf. The ailing senator was too sick to attend the August 16 ceremony.

White House photo / Chuck Kennedy

Obama and Kennedy walk through the South Lawn of the White House in April 2009.

White House photo / Pete Souza

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