Lawmakers old and new spent the first day of a scheduled two-week recess taking in a very familiar sight: a carbon copy of the Senate chamber designed to honor “liberal lion” Edward M. Kennedy .
Just like the real US Senate in #EMKInstitute replica chamber. Spotted on floor @SenMarkey @SenJohnMcCain pic.twitter.com/zt0JkXJ4Dp — Joshua Miller (@jm_bos) March 30, 2015
Everybody who is anybody (in modern politics, anyway) beat a path to Boston over the weekend for the official unveiling of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, an organization devoted to preserving the legacy of the late Massachusetts Democrat . Some, such as Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., couldn’t help but take in the scenery.
By my desk in exact replica of Senate Chamber at opening of Kennedy Institute for US Senate https://t.co/eDzDGg8OzJ — Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) March 30, 2015
Others felt inclined to say a few words.
"We all listened to him. He was hard to ignore," says @SenJohnMcCain of Ted Kennedy at EMK Institute dedication. pic.twitter.com/MBEoIPr9Ng — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 30, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., even managed to blow somebody's mind.
Mass @SenWarren says she bonded with Senator Kennedy over the plight of working families. #KennedyInstitute pic.twitter.com/JTkvqeO6U8 — Zoe Perry-Wood (@ZoePhotos) March 30, 2015
“I had no idea that @SenWarren used to be a registered Republican!” one observer broadcast via Twitter after Warren mentioned that she started out on the other side of the aisle.
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