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Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« on: January 29, 2008, 02:27:26 AM »

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Sen. Kennedy endorses Barack Obama
Democratic elder statesman plans to campaign for candidate
The Associated Press updated 1:48 p.m. CT, Mon., Jan. 28, 2008  WASHINGTON -
Two generations of Kennedys - the Democratic Party's best known political family - endorsed Barack Obamafor president on Monday, with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy calling him a "manwith extraordinary gifts of leadership and character," a worthy heir tohis assassinated brother. "I feel changein the air," Kennedy said in remarks salted with scarcely veiledcriticism of Obama's chief rival for the nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as her husband, the former president. "I have marveled at his grit and grace," he said of the man a full generation younger than he is. Kennedy'sendorsement was ardently sought by all three of the remainingpresidential contenders, and he delivered it at a pivotal time in therace. A liberal lion in his fifth decade in the Senate, theMassachusetts senator is in a position to help Obama court Hispanicvoters as well as rank-and-file members of labor unions, two keyelements of the Democratic Party. He isexpected to campaign actively for Obama in the days before a string ofdelegate-rich primaries and caucuses across 24 states on Feb. 5,beginning later this week in Arizona, New Mexico and California. Thesenator made his comments at a crowded campaign rally that took on theappearances of a Kennedy family embrace of Obama, who sat smiling as heheard their praise. He was introduced byCaroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, who said Obama"offers that same sense of hope and inspiration" as did her father.Rep. Patrick Kennedy also endorsed Obama from the stage before aboisterous crowd at American University. "Todayisn't just about politics for me. It's personal," Obama, 46, said whenit came time for him to speak. "I was too young to remember JohnKennedy and I was just a child when Robert Kennedy ran for president.But in the stories I heard growing up, I saw how my grandparents andmother spoke about them, and about that period in our nation's life -as a time of great hope and achievement." In his remarks, Sen. Kennedy sought one by one to rebut many of the arguments leveled by Obama's critics. "Fromthe beginning, he opposed the war in Iraq. And let no one deny thattruth," he said, an obvious reference to former President Clinton'sstatement that Obama's early anti-war stance was a "fairy tale." "With Barack Obama, we will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresentation and distortion. "WithBarack Obama we will close the book on the old politics of race againstrace, gender against gender, ethnic group against ethnic group, andstraight against gay," Kennedy said. TheMassachusetts senator had remained on the sideline of the presidentialcampaign for months, saying he was friends with Obama, Clinton andformer North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, as well as several Senatecolleagues who are no longer in the race. Lately,according to several associates, Kennedy became angered with what heviewed as racially divisive comments by Bill Clinton. Nearly two weeksago, he played a personal role in arranging a brief truce between theClintons and Obama on the issue. Questioned about Kennedy's endorsement, Hillary Clinton said simply, "We're all proud of the people we have endorsing us." Shealso defended herself and her husband against criticism that they hadengaged in racial politics and distortion of a rival's record. "There'sbeen no two people who have stood against that more than we have overmany years," she said in a conference call with Arizona reporters. Kennedyrefers only sparingly to his assassinated brothers, John and Robert, inhis public remarks, and his endorsement of Obama was cast in terms thataides said was unusually personal. "Therewas another time, when another young candidate was running forpresident and challenging America to cross a new frontier. He facedcriticism from the preceding Democratic president, who was widelyrespected in the party," Kennedy said, referring to Harry S. Truman. "And John Kennedy replied, 'The world is changing. The old ways will not do. ... It is time for a new generation of leadership. "So it is with Barack Obama," he added. Kennedybegan his remarks by paying tribute to Sen. Clinton's advocacy forissues such as health care and women's rights. "Whoever is our nomineewill have my enthusiastic support," he said. Buthe quickly pivoted to a strong endorsement of Obama, whom he said "hasextraordinary gifts of leadership and character, matched to theextraordinary demands of this moment in history." "I believe that a wave of change is moving across America," Kennedy said. AlsoMonday, Obama picked up the endorsement of author Toni Morrison, whoonce labeled Bill Clinton the "first black president." Morrison saidshe has admired Hillary Clinton for years because of her knowledge andmastery of politics, but cited Obama's "creative imagination whichcoupled with brilliance equals wisdom." Morrisonsaid her endorsement had little to do with Obama's race - he is the sonof a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas - butrather his personal gifts. 2008 The Associated Press.
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2008, 02:43:20 AM »
Well, I for one am not impressed or surprised.  Boy, do we really want this?  Is he really the next JFK?  Is it just the youthful optimism?  If so, what will be the trade-off?

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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2008, 02:51:47 PM »
a drunk supporting a democrat....whats news about that?
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2008, 02:55:10 PM »
Who came up with his new titles he's being pegged with?  "Lion of the Senate." and "Keeper of the Flame."  Hmmm.  Sounds self-imposed.
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2008, 05:38:13 PM »
I thought it was pretty cool how the establishment is starting to put Hillery on the back burner, as far as their support is concerned.  I'll bet she is one ticked off President want to be!  ((*(*&

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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008, 06:55:20 PM »
a drunk supporting a democrat....whats news about that?
you forgot "KILLER" also . remember the girl that died in his car? and the democratic cover up that followed it.  Iguess in a way it was a blessing, it did stop him from running for president. :(

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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2008, 07:36:20 PM »
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2008, 10:32:47 PM »
Chapaquidic --- (I am sure the spelling is off )--- he was able to get out of the car wasn't he.
you forgot "KILLER" also . remember the girl that died in his car? and the democratic cover up that followed it.  Iguess in a way it was a blessing, it did stop him from running for president. :(
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2008, 01:13:58 AM »
It is an insult to JFK's memory.
JFK believed in smaller government,cutting taxes and people doing for their country. nobama says he will cut taxes for the middle class and at the same time infuse 150 billion for an economic stimulis.He also supporrts giving licenses to illegals.
JFK had his faults but he was strong on defense and strong on this country's success. the dem party was the party of conservatives back then. The great Ronald Reagan used to be a democrat until the party change to liberal views.

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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2008, 01:29:28 AM »
Interesting that not so many years ago, Bill Clinton was compared to JFK had had thought so much of JFK and wanted to be so like him as I recall - Now the support is not there anymore it would seem.
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Re: Three Kennedy's endorse Barack Obama
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2008, 03:30:19 AM »
Interesting that not so many years ago, Bill Clinton was compared to JFK had had thought so much of JFK and wanted to be so like him as I recall - Now the support is not there anymore it would seem.

Excellent recall.  And, Bill Clinton was JFK in many ways.  Think about it. 

At one time I held him in esteem (JFK).  It was the first "terrorist act" in the country to be televised.  I grew up.  His legacy is much like his siblings, caught short in the struggle for life.  Not much else.

The only thing that bothers me about JFK's assassination is the not knowing.  The who, why, what.  We know the where and when.