May 22nd, 2008
04:30 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama to deliver commencement address for Kennedy

Obama will deliver Wesleyan's commencement address.
Obama will deliver Wesleyan's commencement address.

(CNN) – Barack Obama will take Sen. Ted Kennedy's place in delivering the commencement address at Wesleyan University this Sunday.

According to Kennedy's Senate Office, Obama offered to take the Massachusetts senator's place earlier this week after Kennedy was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"Senator Kennedy accepted knowing it would be an historic opportunity for the school and all those attending, including his daughter Caroline Raclin who is graduating and his son Ted Jr. who is attending his reunion," Kennedy's office said in a statement. "He's enormously grateful to Senator Obama and the support he's received from all of his colleagues this last week.”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ted Kennedy
soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Army Wife

    i love them both, Sen. Obama and Sen.Kennedy.

    god bless you both.

    May 22, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Scott Glenn in Wa

    Respect and admiration abound ! ! !

    May 22, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Capt. Smash, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Good for Obama we need to remeber Ted that edorsed Obama!

    May 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  4. BIFF, BIFFINGTON...

    Those kids are in for a real treat, having Senator Obama as their commencement speaker....

    May 22, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. R.I.F.

    What a great honor. I'm sure the students will love it. Unfortuantly it came about under sad conditions.

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. Scott Glenn in Wa

    Isn't that what Obama is all about, being there for a friend and for America...........

    May 22, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Texas girl

    Go Obama!! That's how democrats need to support each other! Just another admirable quality. Such is the greatness of Obama!

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  8. OMG

    This will be a wonderful moment for Wesleyan and is a really nice gesture on the part of Obama. THank you !

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  9. soy

    oh wow hillary's alma mater...interesting

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. Erika, Wichita

    Oh for God's sake! When did Obama become Ted Kennedy's new best friend? Please.

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Natalie

    Wow! What great men!!!

    Democrat '08

    May 22, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  12. Jaci

    Good move! How symbolic is this!

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. KK

    He'll do phenomenal! You really know how to step up to the plate, Obama. Love ya!

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Stanlee

    Thanks Obama, Thanks Kennedy

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    I thought it was going to be Stephanie Miller?
    What happened?
    Stefi?

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  16. Jeff

    I love it!

    May 22, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  17. FrankSmith

    Why do the Clintons always "crew up" whatever they touch, including Paula, Monica, Whitewater, White House items.... and the list goes on!

    When will the Dems find the time to uplift their nominee for the general election?

    What are the Dems interested in: a fair nominating process OR a dynasty of families?

    May 22, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  18. cpljoeb from NC

    You go Barrack and deliver a speech that they will never forget. I am glad to see that you are taking the time out of a busy schedule to help a friend. I am a firm believer that a friend in need is a friend in deed. You are a friend to all people because we are a country in need and you are willing to do our will.

    May 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. Duane in Philly

    Great move for Obama in using Kennedy's illness for political advantage.

    Change? Yeah, right.

    May 22, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Jaun

    Much appreciated.
    We feel so good.We are praying for a speedy speedy resolution for our senator...but in the meantime A BETTER DECISION could not have been made.
    BOTH OF THESE GENTLEMEN EXEMPLIFY AND PRESONIFY GREAT LEADERSHIP...what a team.
    obama 08'

    May 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  21. Janet, American via Canada

    A New and Truly United States of America is here and now.

    History for a greater USA is around us and we will succeed!

    Thank you Senator Kennedy and his wonderful family in giving this country the greatest and lasting history we all can be proud of!

    May 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Jeanne, San Diego

    Stepping into Ted Kennedy's shoes is a big job but somebody's got to do it and Obama is just the man for the job.

    May 22, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Mary

    How sad that Senator Kennedy could not make the speech and what a poor substitute in Obama.
    I do wish Senator Kennedy and his family the very best. Senator Kennedy has served this country well.

    May 22, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. Proud American

    Good things happen when we unite and work together. Your legacy will not be in vain Mr. Kennedy.

    May 22, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  25. Jay

    how do we get tickets?!

    May 22, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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