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Obama praises departing Boston mayor

March 28, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is among those praising Boston Mayor Thomas Menino as he begins his exit from the political stage.

In a statement released by the White House on Thursday, Obama said Menino had served the city and its residents with “extraordinary leadership, vision and compassion.”

The president lauded Menino for his efforts to revitalize the city’s neighborhoods, improve schools, reduce gun violence and help the homeless.

Obama said there were no two people who wear their hearts on their sleeves for Boston then the mayor and his wife, Angela.

Menino announced Thursday that he would not seek another term after 20 years at City Hall.

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