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welcome to "world news." senator edward kennedy's solemn journey. >> greatest expectations were placed upon senator ted kennedy's shoulders because of who he was but he surpassed them because of who he became. >> a heartfelt good-bye for the politician and patriarch. >> i love you, dad, i always will. and i miss you already. >> from his home in massachusetts. to his second home on capitol hill. to his final rests place
alongside brothers bobby and john. >> announcer: from abc news headquarters this is "world news." good evening, i'm jim sciutto. so many times across the years, it was ted kennedy leading his family in a ritual of grief and farewell but today, they came to say good-bye to him, to celebrate his life as an era in american politics cable to an end. the senator is scheduled to be buried in a short time at arlington national cemetery close to the bodies of his brothers john and bobby. but it began in boston at a church filled with friends, three generations of friends and politicians, including politicians past and present. they celebrated kennedy as a tireless legislator. and as a father who never forgot a birthday who once gave his disabled son a simple and
powerful gift of riding a sled. we begin in boston with abc's john berman. >> reporter: under a driving rain, under a cloud of sadness, the flag-draped casket carrying senator ted kennedy arrived at the basilica of our lady of perpetual help. at the kennedy family, the family he helped for years, knees, nephews, grand children and stepchildren for years. inside, dozens lawmakers and more than a thousand heavy hearts. >> we welcome the body of our friend and brother, senator ted kennedy. >> reporter: while the priests delivered the words of god, grandchildren remembered the words of ted kennedy. >> the poor may be without political faction, but they're never without human need. >> reporter: the eulogy was delivered by president obama, he spoke of kennedy the senator. >> a few year agos ago, his
father-in-law told him that he and daniel webster just might be the two greatest senators of all time. without missing a beat, teddy replied "what did webster do?" >> reporter: and also, kennedy the man. >> he was given the gift of time that his brothers were not. and he used that gift to touch as many lives and right as many wrongs as the years would allow. ♪ ave maria >> reporter: kennedy's son ted acknowledged his father was not perfect, but he was inspiring. the younger kennedy who lost a leg to cancer at age 12 recalled sledding with his dad. >> as i struggled to walk, i slipped and i fell on the ice. and i started to cry. and i said, "i can't do this. i said, i'll never be able to climb up that hill." and he lifted me up in his
strong, gentle arms and said something i will never forget. he said, "i know you can do it. there is nothing that you can't do." "we're going to climb that hill together, even if it takes us all day." >> reporter: they did climb the hill, ted kennedy climbed many. after the service, the hearse pulled away from behind me and went to a nearby airport. many people in the state noted sadly ted kennedy was leaving massachusetts for the last time, jim? >> abc's john berman in boston. from boston, senator kennedy's body was flown to washington where he served in the senate since 1962, a total of 47 years. washington is getting one last chance to say good-bye before the senator's body is brought to a place he knew all too well, arlington national cemetery where abc's rachel martin is
tonight. >> reporter: good evening, jim. and as you just heard about that outpouring of love and remembrance in boston, it is the same scene here in our nation's capital. at this very moment, the motorcade carrying senator kennedy's body is at capitol hill. at the capitol, there are lily thousands of people who have gathered there. over a thousand of congressional staffers of all kinds and senate colleagues from both sides of the aisle have gathered there to pay their last tributes to their colleague. as we independence, there will be a short service there, there will be a prayer and a blessing that's given by the house chaplain. and there will also be a song, we understand that the crowd will be led in a version of a patriotic song in honor of the senator. it's also worth noting there are over 4,000 people who, many of whom, don't know the senator at
all who have gathered here also to pay their last respects. and as the motorcade finishes the event at capitol hill, it will wind an historic route over constitutional avenue on its way here to arlington national cemetery. this is a route as you point out is all too familiar to the kennedy family. they made it before when they buried two other sons, robert kennedy, the president, and john f. kennedy jr. the small group, the family and only invited guests will move into the cemetery for the private burial. >> the lion of the senate, but also they will be getting a full military burial? >> reporter: it will be. as fitting, a rifle salute to honor the senator. and the flag, of course -- a lot of security, obviously, as they
await the motorcade which is scheduled to arrive here imminently, jim. >> it will be a powerful moment when it happens. we're going to turn to susan milligan who covered ted kennedy for 20 years for "the boston globe." and also author of the autobiography "the last lion." something very close to his heart, an issue that he ran for president on back in 1984, health care. and also a powerful driving force with his legislation. what does his loss mean now for president obama's health care initiative? >> well, i think it's an enormous loss, not only because that could be a critical 60th vote, but senator kennedy had this sort of fatherly way in the senate, when they were pickering he walked in and metaphorically bumped heads together and said, stop.
get this together. i'm sure what he would have said, we're trying to make history here, are you going to stand in the way of history or work out your differences? that being said, i'm sure his death will galvanize the fores around this field and help them iron it out. >> senator kennedy gave an endorsement to president obama during the campaign. some of the legislation that he worked on through those 47 years helped lay the groundwork for an obama presidency? >> absolutely. of course, senator kennedy had a very long legislative record, but some people don't remember that he was the driving force behind immigration reform in the 1960s that changed things so you that could be admitted into the country based on your skills and family connections so it wasn't so european-heavy. the second thing is that he was instrumental in getting the voting age lowered to 18. so if you look at the base that voted for barack obama, a lot of young people, a lot of people of color. i'm not sure barack obama would be president today if senator kennedy had not done that
legislation. >> interesting. one of the most powerful moments in that ceremony today, seeing his son, ted, describe that moment when his father helped him up the hill after he had lost his leg. very touching. but what does that say, too, about just the strength of the character that helped define his political legacy as well? >> that's very much the way senator kennedy was. this is somebody who got a diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor, instead of resigning decided he was going to work on the health care plan. when a bill didn't go through, he got up the next morning and kind of regrouped and died how they were going to move ahead. he frequently said any sort of civil rights legislation, he considered immigration reform to come into that category took three congresses to pass, one to get used to it, the second to do it, and the third to get it.
>> since senator kennedy's death, his widow victoria has led the family in grief. even standing outside the memorial for hours. she anchored his life in sixness and in health. here's abc's kate snow. >> reporter: the love that massachusetts felt for its senior senator was extended today to his widow, victoria reggie kennedy, his father barely disguising deep pain. for days, he greeted the mourners. vicki was a love found late in love. >> it could not have been easy for ted to risk his heart again. >> reporter: like the kennedys, victoria reggie came from a staunchly catholic family in louisiana. her father, edmund reggie was a
justify and a longtime friend of the kennedy family. but it wasn't until her parents' 40th anniversary party in 1991 that her friendship for the senator deepened. that year was a difficult one for the kennedy family. the 1991 rape trial involving ted's nephew forced the senator to acknowledge his own failings. >> i recognize my own shortcomin shortcomings. >> reporter: friends say when the two got married she became his anchor, knot nonsense style. changing hill. >> he was happier. he had found the love of his life. she had learned to sail. >> reporter: vicki was a lawyer and in the proud kennedy tradition, she became an advocate. >> she was very much like teddy
in certain respects. she believed passionately in her cause. >> reporter: there are those who feel vicki may have a future in politics, though she's ruled out taking over the vacant senate seat. this week, vicki told us, she was simply grateful for the outpouring of the love. kate snow, abc news, boston. when we come back, we'll have some of the today's other news. we'll hear from the father of the man he held a girl for 18 years. and ted kennedy's life, we'll take "closer look." and the senddown for the senator from massachusetts. xxwxywywywywywywypwiwawawús@wass
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cancers contain so many different types of cancer cells. >> while one cell may be susceptible to chemotherapy and another susceptible to radiation, there may be a third cell that's susceptible to neither of those therapies. >> reporter: but now, doctors like lisa deangelis are seeing more results. >> i'm more optimistic than i've been in the past 25 years treating patients with this disease. >> reporter: researchers are attacking cancer on several different fronts. fiber optic lasers. tumors often grow back in areas difficult if not impossible to reach. now, a fiber optic laser probe, first reported on "world news" and approved just four months ago can get to many of those tumors, killing them by cooking them, safer. experimental vaccines now in clinical trials. the vaccines help the body's immune system, target and attack
cancer cells in the brain. >> with our studies, it appears that patients are surviving at least twice as long as you would have expected. >> reporter: ryan degran receives treatments once a month for his brain cancer. he's survived five years and counting. >> the vaccine is a way for me to stay the way i am today. >> reporter: there are also new drug treatments, using the colon cancer treatment, avastin. initial studies show they can shrink brain tumors and by up to 60%. many doctors predict the most effective way of fighting brain cancer will be to use therapies in combination, and as soon after diagnosis as possible. launching an arson of new, more targeted weapons against such a formidable deadly enemy. john mckenzie, abc news, new york. and still ahead -- how the mighty and the every man paid tribute and said good-bye to senator ted kennedy.
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of comfort today. ♪ ave maria >> for my grandfather's brave promise last summer that the work begins anew, the hope rises again and the dream lives on. ♪ >> my dad was never bowed. he never gave up and there was no quit in dad. he said, "i know you can do it. there is nothing that you can't do." >> ted kennedy's gone home now.
guided by his faith and by the lighting of those he has loved and lost. at last, he's with them once more, leaving those of us who grieve that pass with memories he gave. the good that he did, the dream he kept alive. and the single enduring image, the image of a man on a boat, smiling broadly as he sails into the wind. ready for whatever storms may come. carrying on toward some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon. >> a man central to so many important events in the last half century. that is "world news" for this saturday. i'm jim sciutto. for all of us at abc news, thanks for watching and have a for all of us at abc news, thanks for watching and have a good night. captions by vitac