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President Joe Biden delivered the first tribute, calling Albright a “force of nature” who “turned the tide of history.” Biden said he learned that she had died while flying to Europe to meet with NATO allies in Brussels to discuss the alliance’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Albright died of cancer last month at age 84, prompting an outpouring of condolences from around the world
Organizers are planning for 1,400 people to attend the funeral service, which is expected to last about two hours. Albright’s burial is scheduled for immediately after the service and will be attended only by family.
Biden, who delivered a tribute to Albright, said her name was synonymous with the idea that America is “a force for good in the world.”
Biden said. “Today we honor a truly proud American who made all of us prouder to be Americans.”they started to cheer,” he said. “It was spontaneous. It was real. Her name is still synonymous with America as a force for good in the world.”
Biden said Albright understood what he has always believed — that international politics is personal.
“She can go toe to toe with the toughest dictators, then turn around and literally teach a fellow ambassador how to do the Macarena on the floor of the U.N. Security Council.”