HAPPY TIMES – In this Jan. 28, 2008 file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., smiles with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., during a rally at American University in Washington where Kennedy endorsed Obama. Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, has died after battling a brain tumor. He was 77. Kennedy’s family announced his death in a brief statement released early Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) by Glen JohnsonAssociated Press WriterCHILMARK, Mass. (AP) — Edward M. Kennedy was much more than just former Senate colleague and influential legislator to Barack Obama, evident in the president’s personal, mournful tribute on Wednesday.