John Kerry Completes ‘Thank You’ Tour of Mass.

Kerry greeting the crowd after his speech

  1. On Thursday morning, Kerry began his farewell tour at the YouthBuild USA office in Springfield, Mass.
  2. Sen.John Kerry flanked by Cong.Neal & Mayor Sarno kicks off thank you tour in Springfield. http://pic.twitter.com/Fw69PRcg
  3. Next, Kerry visited Worcester, Mass. to speak at the College of the Holy Cross. 
  4. John Kerry expected at Holy Cross in 20. Students here to see him. He has been senator since before they were born. http://t.co/uhsdJLuO
  5. Standing room only now at John Kerry event in Worcester. It’s packed.
  6. John Kerry at Holy Cross says that gov’t needs to get serious about budget but Democrat-controlled Senate hasn’t passed budget in 1,373 days
  7. “@Priyanka_Dayal: Kerry tells Holy Cross students to be good citizens, get involved in community” and to party at the salty dog. Forgot that
  8. Kerry ended his last official day as U.S. Senator by giving a speech full of thanks at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall. Other speakers at the hour-and-a-half event included Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The newly appointed interim senator to fill Kerry’s vacancy, William “Mo” Cowan, and both declared Democratic candidates for the upcoming special Senate election, Rep. Ed Markey and Rep. Stephen Lynch, were also in attendance. 
  9. @JohnKerry @Faneuil Hall site of epic ’96 debate, announcement and concession of WH run and now farewell as he leaves for Sec of State
  10. Sen. John Kerry takes the podium at Faneuil Hall beneath a painting of Daniel Webster, Mass. US Senator who also became Secretary of State.
  11. Mayor Menino, the first speaker of the night, congratulated Kerry and thanked him for his service to the state and specifically Boston. But Menino’s introduction wasn’t all formalities and seriousness. 
  12. Menino: I hope Teresa stays in Louisberg Square, we need the tax base. #mapoli @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace http://instagr.am/p/VKrfO6JGrf/
  13. “John Kerry keeps up the legacy of always being late,” Menino on late start to Kerry farewell at Faneuil Hall #bospoli #masen
  14. Senator Warren, now the senior senator from Mass. after only a few weeks on the job, also wished Kerry well while assuring the crowd that the Secretary promised to stay in contact with her frequently to give advice about working in the Senate. 
    Next, Gov. Patrick took to the stage to sing the praises of Kerry and introduce the newest Obama cabinet member, a half hour behind schedule.
  15. Elizabeth Warren arrives can’t believe how informal this thing is… and starting late!!! http://pic.twitter.com/9KxNA5YV
  16. While many smiling politicians inside the building reminisced and joked in congratulatory speeches, a group of about two dozen picketers outside protested the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project.  
  17. Boston, 5:30pm today: rally with @350Mass & @BetterFuturePro at John Kerry’s Faneuil Hall appearance. Urge him to oppose Keystone. #NoKXL
  18. My request to Sen Kerry@Faneuil Hall. Please fight the Keystone XL pipeline Kerry’s response: “I have to do my due diligence” @billmckibben
  19. My request to Cong. Ed Markey @ Faneuil Hall: Please fight the Keystone XL pipeline. Markey’s response: “I’m doing it” !!! @billmckibben
  20. Sec. Kerry began his speech by thanking the people who have supported and worked with him over the years of his public service, asking prominent politicians, aide workers, and his family members to stand up for recognition. 
    On his last official day as a member of the Senate, Kerry had a lot to say about the institution. Focusing on his accomplishments and experiences there, many of which revolved around implications of the Vietnam War, he claimed that the system isn’t broken. Kerry advised that our men and women on the Hill need to learn to work together again as Kerry felt they use to.     
  21. #Kerry & #McCain found common ground at the cell in #Vietnam where McCain was a #POW … so “anyone in the Senate can find common ground”
  22. “We can be no stronger abroad than we are here at home,” #Kerry says on the need to end gridlock in #Washington #faneuilhallspeech
  23. “I know we have made this state stronger,” #Kerry says on the work of all public figures of MA during his 28yrs as senator #faneuilhall
  24. “I’m not here to say farewell … I’m leaving the Senate but I’m not leaving our state.” #Kerry #FaneuilHall #ThankYouTourMA

Mayor Menino is first to address a crowded Faneuil Hall Boston Mayor Thomas Menino Sen. Warren and Gov. Patrick both spoke at Kerry's Senate send-off event at Faneuil Hall Sec. Kerry greets Senator Elizabeth Warren Former Senator, now Secretary of State John Kerry Kerry mixing jokes into his speech

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