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Brain cancer battling Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy, triumphantly returned to the Senate yesterday to vote on a long-delayed Medicare bill.
The 76 year-old Last Son of Camelot said "Aye" in a loud proud voice and flashed the thumbs up to cheering spectators and fellow Senators.
Teddy was accompanied by Democratic Presidential nominee-in-waiting Sen. Barack Obama as well as fellow Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, Sen. Chris Dodd and son, the Kennedy heir-apparent Rep. Patrick Kennedy from Rhode Island.
"It's great to be back," Teddy smiled after his brief visit.
"I love this place!"
Kennedy's unannounced surprise appearance -and his vote - gave the Dems the power to free the legislation from congressional gridlock.
"Win, lose or draw, I wanted to be here. I wasn't going to take the chance that my vote could make the difference," Teddy stated.
When the Lion of the Senate rose to leave after voting, the great hall resounded with cheers as wife, Vicki Kennedy couldn't help but brush the tears away.
Teddy promptly flew back to Boston to continue post-surgery treatment for his brain cancer.