Monday, January 28, 2008
Senator Ted Kennedy gives full support to Barack Obama for President
Senator Edward Kennedy stood up and endorsed Senator Barack Obama for President. In Kennedy's words, "It is time again for a new generation of leadership."
The endorsement was a huge move for Obama and a slam for Senator Hillary Clinton. The Clintons and the Kennedys have been friends and supporters of one another for a very long time.
"It is time now for Barack Obama," said Kennedy, who is the brother of the late John F. Kennedy.
Kennedy gave his endorsement speech with his son, Representative Patrick Kennedy and his niece, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy. Caroline Kennedy also endorsed Obama in a New York Times Op-ed piece entitled, "A President Like My Father".
The group gathered for the endorsement speech at American University, in Washington, DC.
"Like you, we want a president who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American dream," Kennedy said.
"I've found that candidate. And it looks to me like you have too," he said. Kennedy went on to compare Senator Obama to his brother, John F. Kennedy.
Obama said that he would work hard to pursue the vision created by Senator Kennedy's brother, the late John F. Kennedy.
"The dream has never died ... it lives on in those Americans, young and old, rich and poor, black and white, Latino and Asian and Native American, gay and straight, who are tired of a politics that divides us and want to recapture the sense of common purpose that we had when John Kennedy was president of the United States of America," Obama said.
"That is the dream we hold in our hearts," Obama said. "That is the kind of leadership we long for in this country. And that is the kind of leadership I intend to offer as president of the United States of America."
Kennedy had words of praise for Senator Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, stating that Edwards "has been a powerful advocate for economic and social justice. And Hillary Clinton has been in the forefront on issues ranging from health care to the rights of women around the world."
Kennedy also contradicted the words of Bill Clinton as it pertained to Obama's position on the War in Iraq, "From the beginning, he opposed the war in Iraq. And let no one deny that truth."