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Check This: Kennedy Mantel Passed to Obama

Senator Barack Obama secured a huge endorsement from Democratic icon Senator Ted Kennedy. Teddy just delivered a stirring speech, hitting Hillary Clinton on all of her talking points regarding experience. The electricity in the room was palpable even for those watching from the other side of the television camera.

Senator Kennedy, often alluding to his brother President John F. Kennedy, said he has always planned to

"Support the candidate who inspires me, who inspires all of us, who can lift our vision and summon our hopes and renew our belief that our country's best days are still to come."

Caroline Kennedy, the sole survivor of President Kennedy, and Representative Patrick Kennedy joined in the Obama lovefest. The Kennedy endorsements will aid Obama on a national and local level. As the battle for delegates moves to congressional districts, the Kennedy stamp of approval may help local leaders feel confident endorsing Obama.

Does the Kennedy endorsement make a difference to you?

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Did he slur his words when he endorsed him?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
"If JFK were president today..." We'd have a dictatorship and we would have to worry about voting until JFK passed away. It just made me giggle... thank you. I understand your point though and they media did try to go after JFK for his extra-martial activities. However, he had a very powerful father and powerful friends they squashed most of it but the media knew what was what and reported as much as they could. I asked my Aunts who were "Kennedy Girls" way back then.
karah karah 9 years
While I admire the Kennedy's for speaking out and I enjoy the elegant way they express themselves, I would hope not too many people would choose who to vote for because the Kennedy's (or anyone) like them. Inform yourself!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Do these Kennedy's endorsements matter to me? No. Now if JFK & RFK and Jackie all rose from the dead and endorsed Obama that would be a story! Still would not have an effect be it would be more interesting.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
I was never a big fan of Ted Kennedy but I do respect the man. I was part of a group that meet with him several years ago before the minimum wage vote and I remember one thing from that meeting, towards the end he said..."If we don't work for the people then who the hell are we working for?" That sentiment alone deserves a some respect.
onabanana onabanana 9 years
I was an Obama fan already but I think this does mean something. You must read the Op-Ed Caroline wrte in the NYT on Jan 27, 2008 in support of Obama. It is the most eloquent thing I have read in a long time. I think that if Obama can be half the president Caroline hopes him to be, we'll be ok. "I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved."--Caroline Kennedy
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Author Toni Morrison has also endorsed Obama, and she says many great things so much better than I could: "In addition to keen intelligence, integrity and a rare authenticity, you exhibit something that has nothing to do with age, experience, race or gender and something I don't see in other candidates," Morrison wrote. "That something is a creative imagination which coupled with brilliance equals wisdom. It is too bad if we associate it only with gray hair and old age. Or if we call searing vision naivete. Or if we believe cunning is insight. Or if we settle for finessing cures tailored for each ravaged tree in the forest while ignoring the poisonous landscape that feeds and surrounds it. "Wisdom is a gift; you can't train for it, inherit it, learn it in a class, or earn it in the workplace — that access can foster the acquisition of knowledge, but not wisdom," Morrison wrote.
hotstuff hotstuff 9 years
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
typing a little fast here.. I meant exact not exsact
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I think Caroline Kennedy is a very inteligent and gracious woman, one that stays out of limelight; so I know this endorsement meant a lot to herself. Other than that I think it doesn't matter too much either way to people, both Obama and Clinton has a zillion endorsements behind them by now. But I'm fired up and ready to go!! I think many of you are right that JFK would get the exsact same heat as Obama is getting now from the naysayers. As Obama said some time ago; we got to stop building ourselves up by tearing others down.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I was thinking the same thing grace! If JFK were president today, the media would have a field day with all his womanizing and pain medication addiction.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
can't wait for this mes to end... Go McCain
Jillness Jillness 9 years
He does have experience! He has been an elected official for longer than Hilary, for goodness sakes. He also has traveled the world working on nuclear proliferation, and was president of the Harvard Law Review (6 Supreme Court Justices have been members of the Review). If you actually read his policy ideas, you can see that he is incredibly wise when it comes to the issues. Being a good decision maker isn't something that can be taught. For all of Rumsfeld and Cheney's experience, they sure didn't produce results.
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
Huge slap for Hilary but what the hell are the Kennedy's thinking?! This guy has no experience! He's no JFK that's for sure.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
hehehe freegrace I think Hillary's used to that by now.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
What a slap in the face this must be for Hillary!
LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
jspeed— Oops! That's what I get for trying to get the story up quickly. Thanks!
Nickey Nickey 9 years
I am an Obama supporter anyway, but I think that the endorsements may make a difference for others who are undecided. The Kennedys have been called a "political dynasty" and the fact that they chose to endorse Obama over Clinton says something about Obama. It goes to prove how great a candidate he is for President.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I was planning on voting for Obama anyway, but I think this endorsement is a good thing. Obama is such a great candidate for so many reasons!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
*sigh* not to be the word police, but the correct word is MANTLE, not MANTEL. A MANTEL is the big piece of wood that site overtop of your fireplace. A MANTLE, on the other hand, is a fancy cloak that a king wears. Passing the mantle on to your successor symbolizes the transfer of powers. So unless the Kennedy's are giving Obama thier house too, I think you want the second spelling. ;0 (Sorry, but I'm an editor for a living so I notice these things.)
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't base my opinions on who endorses someone. I think it's great that he feels strongly enough to get up there and praise Obama, but it wouldn't sway me. I plan on voting obama anyway
piper23 piper23 9 years
I liked Obama before the Kennedys endorsed him. I believe he can beat Hillary on his own. He doesn't need to be in the back pocket of the Kennedys. The only thing I do like about them supporting Obama is that I'm sure it has ticked the Clintons off. Other than that, Ted Kennedy is a waste of space.
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
No it doesn't. First off, I am not a big fan of Ted Kennedy. Secondly, I base my voting on the platforms of the candidates themselves. I understand the purpose of endorsements, they just don't sway my opinion.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
I can't wait till November when this wil all be over
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
yay! Obama has really been growing on me and I like him more and more every time he speaks (which is unlikely for most politicians..ha)
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